Renovating makes a mess everywhere. Its not only about the drywall dust, the sawdust, the nails dropped everywhere, or the paint splatters on parts that shouldn’t get them or even, the dust being tracked down the stairs and into the rest of the house. Most of that can be vac’d up. The bulk of the chaos is all over the house in the form of boxes, bags and stacks from one end of the house to the other because the contents of this 400 square foot room had to be removed and go somewhere else. Constant rearranging is required to get the one item you need behind the huge stack in front. Here’s a view of our garage. I parked my car in here a month ago.
Our daughter keeps bringing boxes home as she unloads her apartment to move in with us. Boxes are everywhere. My patience… well… its hanging in there too. I see the end in sight. This time the renovation won’t be calculated in years or months. This time is different. We will be done in weeks and we only have a week and a half left on our deadline schedule. If you missed out on the beginnings of this renovation and you’re curious about it, click here.
The room is taking shape. Most of the plywood underlayment has gone down and hopefully, the rest will go down this week and the flooring can be installed.
Honey Do says DIY is stress reducing.
I’ve learned over the years through our various renovations to always be prepared for it to cost more and take longer than expected. Mishaps happen.
Case in point: My husband dropped the edge of a sheet of plywood on his baby toe. Doctor said he has multiple fractures in the tip of his toe. Ouch! He wouldn’t let me take a picture to show. He said he has man toes.
Then, as he was nailing the subfloor tighter, he accidentally shot a nail through the wiring. The power went out downstairs to our living room. We had to call the electrician to come and fix it. Between the electrician and my husband, they managed to drill five holes into the subfloor. I’m sure a joke is in there somewhere about how many it takes. While the electrician was working, he, also, accidentally cut a wire. I didn’t have to pay for that one.
When the wire had a nail shot through it, the spark was so hot it left scorch marks. Fortunately, we knew quickly that the power was out so the problem was noticed immediately. If it had been a less used area, we might not have discovered the issue and moved ahead with the flooring and had a potential fire waiting to happen.
On a general note, we have an excellent site manager. She is dutiful to cautiously and carefully inspect the room and its progress every day. She is a hard task master.
I’m hoping after this weekend, I can dazzle you with flooring and a functioning bathroom. I sure hope the toilet doesn’t get a crack in it.
“And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,” Colossians 1:10,11 NIV Bible