Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rainbows, Kittens, & Butterflies

If I've glorified the renovation in any previous posts, let this one serve to highlight some of the more frustrating aspects. Living in the renovation isn't all rainbows, kittens, and butterflies.

Initially, it's kind of exciting. The thought of making progress on a goal this large is very motivating. You feel like you are getting ready for a move or camping trip; stocking up on disposable cutlery, busting out the griddle, packing away all your possessions. The difficulty of doing simple tasks like setting up a sump pump to do laundry or getting ready for bed with only a flashlight illuminating the room don't really get to you at first. Lately, however, I think we have reached the point where we are ready for things to be a bit less inconvenient. Jess can't wait to have a stove again and get rid of some of our plastic wall barriers.

If you are the type that is usually organized then visual clutter has a way of grinding away at you. Amidst the chaos Jess has done a clever job of making things functional. For now we'll keep focusing on the progress and moving forward.

Our finest china..
Cigar box kitchen cutlery storage.

Our counter top.

The kitchen/dining/planning room.
There is an assortment of hardware store items that seem to pile in here each week.

The bathroom doubles as a dish washing / laundry staging area. You've got to have a certain level of comfort with someone handing you a crock pot to be cleaned in the bathtub... in the middle of your shower.

Equipment clutters most hallways and the stairwell to the second story.

Fortunately, some major changes may come in the next couple of weeks. The drywall taping and sanding should be done by the end of the week. At that point, we can probably do a thorough cleaning and take down most of our plastic walls.

The project is far from over but being able to move around the house a little more freely should help bolster our sanity.

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