Coming Soon

I close on a house in one week. At which point massive remodeling projects begin. I’m simultaneously excited and apprehensive at the extent of work I’m about to take on.

Considering just how expensive it’s become to have anyone do any work on your house, my plan is to put a LOT of sweat equity into it. This means I’m pulling up all existing floors everywhere except 2 out of the 3 bathrooms. I’m gutting and expanding the master bath. I’m gutting the kitchen. I’m removing walls to open up the living spaces. I’m expanding one bedroom and turning the other into a laundry room, which means framing out a new bedroom in the basement to make up for the one I’m losing on the main.

I will not run my own new plumbing/electrical/venting, however. I’m still waiting for my bids to come back but I suspect that it will cost me roughly the same amount to have a licensed “pro” do those runs as the entire two levels of flooring plus the tile for the bathroom will cost me, and that’s just sad. When I showed the first guy the bathroom and told him what I wanted to do he was throwing numbers like $25k at me and I just stared at him. Like I would ever pay anyone that much to run some plumbing, get real.

Luckily, thanks to the Blair house, I know how to lay hardwood floor, how to install kitchen cabinets, how to frame and drywall. I also know how to tile and replace fixtures both plumbing and electrical. I can do all this work but I’m pretty sure I’ll be kicking myself mid way though.

When I’m done the place is going to look so different and it will be all my designs this time. I will finally have a house that I worked hard to create that doesn’t also have so many traumatic memories. I hope I can finally feel like I’m home and enjoy where I’m living. It’s been so long since I felt like I was home anywhere (minus some fleeting moments in embraces with a person I loved dearly) that it would be a relief to finally settle in somewhere.

13 thoughts on “Coming Soon

  1. Woo!This is a massive project and I am delighted to hear that you can tackle most of the work yourself. Will you be doing this as well as a day job? You need to make sure you get some rest and time for yourself though… Don’t burn yourself out. It would be great if you have time to share before and after photos of the work in progress. I do hope you will find peace and happiness in this new home. Well Go Girl 😀💜💜💜💜

  2. Congrats and good luck with the renovations. We did extensive remodeling on our current house. It’s stressful to go through the work but satisfying to get exactly what you want.

    • I usually end up being disappointed with the work I pay others to do, well since quality and pride in a job seem to have left the professional arena, so it’s less frustrating just to put the effort in myself. I’m sure I’ll be cursing myself mid way through but so satisfied when it’s all done.

  3. This is exciting – and daunting – as you say, but I’m Wishing you all the best. 😀
    At least if you do the work yourself, you will know it has been done properly.
    And at the end of it all you will have a home that you can be comfortable in and where you can make new memories. 🙂

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