This whole house remodeling thing has been really hard on me…I think I would rather have been pregnant and birthed another baby than deal with the ups and downs of remodeling. I can say for certain- I WILL NEVER UNDERTAKE A PROJECT LIKE THIS AGAIN! Yet I don’t regret it for a single second. If these are the pains that “birthed” this house, I’m okay with it…just don’t want to do it again.
My mom told me never to say never because sometimes it will come back and bite you in the butt…but this time, I am as confident as I can be that remodeling on this scale will never happen again in my lifetime for me.
So the other day Kalissa asked me what 10 things do I wish I had known from the beginning of the remodel. Here’s my list:
1-Things will take longer that I hoped or anticipated so don’t get too anxious. Few workers put in the long or extra hours that Hubby and I work on a regular basis so things take longer.
2-I would spend LOTS of time doing this…Drawing and redrawing and adjusting.
3-I wish I had better known the cost of things. Who knew good garage doors cost so much?? I see fliers from the big box stores and thought garage doors only cost $400 each. It’s true you can get some for that but they aren’t insulated and good quality.
4-I would never have bought a light fixture until about this far into the remodel. We have taken back so many light fixtures because after we saw the space in real life, we didn’t like what we picked…I say “we” loosely here. It was all me and all my fault.
5-The wood work in the house will continue to keep me motivated. Oh I can’t wait to see the house looking at least this good again!
6-There are several things that our architect overlooked and we weren’t smart enough about the building process to catch them. We’d have asked about them and had a few things changed.
7-I would know the answer to all sorts of dumb questions that I’ve asked Hubby that have made him roll his eyes at me….Things like, can’t we put the sheet rock on the walls first-apparently not. The ceiling is always done first. Knowing these little day to day things that carpenters and apparently my husband knows would have saved his eyes LOTS of un-needed rolling.
8-We won’t be moving in to our finished dream home so I should have lowered my expectations. I take that back, we will be moving in to our dream home…it just won’t be too dreamy yet. We’ll still have LOTS of work to do. I’m okay with that…I just wish I’d have known.
9-I never realized how much advice I would get…wanted or not wanted. If there are “back seat drivers” and “arm chair quarterbacks” there needs to be a name for people who offer unsolicited advice all the time-like my house is their house. I think I just need a better filter to tune some of that out. I have come to realize that everyone uses their home differently so things that are important to me are likely not as important to others. Also-everyone’s idea of size if completely different. We’ve had lots of people tell us our house is small…lots of people who have told us our house is huge!
10-Hanging around and waiting for the workers although irritating was TOTALLY WORTH IT! We have had, for the most part, wonderful workers! We love the cement guys, the carpenters and the pluming and electrical guys. They have all done high quality work. Although I’ve moaned about it, they have been worth the wait.
Those are the top ten things I wish I had known….I’m not in the house yet so I am certain that there will be more to learn before we are through.