Well it has been 365 days since we officially started our renovations. And I'm proud to report that Tony and I are still happily married. This journey has been full of hopes, dreams, blood, sweat, tears, and a BIG reality check. I'd like to start with mom was right "money doesn't grow on trees". Too bad eh. When we started this project we had a vision with the i dotted and the t's crossed. To bad our dreams relied on contractors. With more delays then I'd like to say out loud and more money then a tree can grow our fantasy of a fully reno'd house by summers end came to a crashing halt. So with a few minor reality checks and Tony and I being our stronger halves we buckled down and came to terms with a revised and prolonged reno plan. The overall plan of attack.... We wait till we can afford it out right. So I guess the christmas dinner will have to wait till next year...... fingers crossed anyway.
What have we learned along the way;
- Every project we started took 100x longer then expected
- Always, always get 3 quotes
- Expect the unexpected
- Friends and family make cheap labour
- Carrying 62 sheets of drywall in the house is heavy
- I have muscles I never knew existed
- Tony and I can get through anything together. Except Amazing Race (He's a terrible navigator) ;)
Without further ado, below is a progression called
"Our labour of love"
The Brick Wall
Painting out the doors
So what's left you ask
Door jams, window and door trims, a kitchen, and a front door (Back door is bought and waiting to be installed.)
Thank you to everyone who has been a big help during this past year, we love you all so much and are so greatful to have you in our lives.