Thursday, February 21, 2013

Moving forward with frustration but no regrets....yet.

When I moved here 4 years ago, I was going to build a new house. A nice cape cod style with big porch. I would look over plans with excitement and I could picture it sitting on the hill where my old house is now. Then the reality of the price tag along with a big tax bill changed the course for me.

Now I feel like I have entered into the renovation from hell. The never ending renovation from hell. It all seemed so simple in the beginning. I mean, come on, how hard is it? It is done in 30 minutes on the DIY shows everyday. I have skills. Real skills. I can run power tools. I can build stuff. I have changed outlets, painted, replaced a faucet or two, and many other projects around the house. If you asked me before this, I would have said I was pretty handy. However, NOBODY and I mean NOBODY could have prepared me for mental and emotional ride that goes along with a major renovation.

I am getting "closer" to being finished with the dining/living room. Just the I thought of hanging 700 feet of drywall and then mudding and taping the entire room sent me into depressive state. I am getting older and I do not relish sanding above my head for hours at a time. I was telling a friend this and he simply asked why I don't get it plastered. I told him that I wanted to do it myself because I didn't want to pay someone to do something that I felt I could do. Well to make a long story short, I called a plasterer and they will be here next month. This must have been what I needed because as soon as I made the decision, I felt like a 800 pound gorilla jumped off my back.  

But there is stuff that need to be done around here before they come and the list looks like this:

1.Laundry Room:

-Finish Drywall- Finished

-Flooring (The laundry room is ready to have flooring put in and I finally decided last week on what I wanted so I am going to put it in on Sunday.) 

Painted- It needs to be painted but I am waiting on a Paint-Stick  to paint and I will be writing a review on it. (I got it FREE from fellow blogger and DIY guru Sandra Powell of Sawdust Girl because Sandra rocks!)

2. Living/Dining Room:

-Pull all the nails out of the joist and walls

-Run new electrical

-Put in recessed lights

-Insulate walls

3. My Bedroom:

-Demo the walls and ceiling- Finished

-Run new electrical

-Mount ceiling fan box

-Insulate walls and ceiling

So at the moment I am in the middle of basically re wiring my whole house. I was very apprehensive at first doing my own electric but I am cooking with gas now and making some major strides, I have actually hooked up stuff inside the electrical panel. I have to admit, it is going to be so awesome having more than one outlet per room! I really like doing electrical!!

As you can see, I have a BIG list to get done. I still have no regrets about the decision to renovate vs build new. I have made a commitment to work  hours EVERYDAY until I get the house ready for the plasterers to come.


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