We’re planning on a home remodel. We did it once before, tripling the size of our house. Then we added a pool. But time has gone by, and just like a mother forgets the pain of going through childbirth, we’re not remembering very clearly the inconvenience, the mess, the irritation of having strangers around all the time. I sort of suspect it’s going to mean a huge disruption to my life and that I’m going to want to commit murder once or twice, but right now I’m still hovering in that rosy phase where all things are possible. Images of warming ovens, refrigerators that cost the same as small cars, and a new cooktop are dancing in my head. We’re thinking of adding a new back deck and another on top of the garage/storeroom we’re going to build. It’s a very big undertaking.
And every time I get overwhelmed I look around my well-lived-in house and realize the place that everyone always praised as so “homey” has, over the years, become more like “homely.” All I see these days is where a kid made a gouge in a wall or where some water damage buckled the family room ceiling…for over a year we had a fake leg sticking out of the hole. Once Surfer Guy finally repaired it, apparently he could not find the exact paint match so…yeah. Homely.
I’m ready for a castle! (Well, just a great room and a new kitchen. And that garage. The Ridgways have limped along with a single car garage all these years for long-story reasons and it’s time to have more storage! And the back deck. And the other deck. Okay, maybe a castle.) So I asked the architect and the contractor about a timeline. How about next Thanksgiving as the must-be-done-by date? I was looked on with pity. Foolish homeowner, their expressions said. I turned my gaze on Surfer Guy who looked the other way. (I could swear he said it was reasonable, but now I think about it, he’s a math teacher. What does he know about castles?)
So I have no idea when we can get it done. And I find this more than disappointing. In preparation for this new project I’ve been watching a lot of shows on HGTV. How long are they? 30 minutes? 60 minutes? In that time people find the home of their dreams or the home of their dreams is created out of a fixer-upper, or they go to some exotic locale and find the home of their dreams there. Do you blame me for thinking this could all be done by the next holidays? And by guys who look like this!
Maybe we’ll start taking bets on when I’ll be in my newly renovated digs. Did I mention I want new curtains in my living room and new shelves in my office close toot? ::sigh:: I’m starting to fear the long road ahead.
If you could change one thing about your current abode, what would it be? New curtains, a new vanity in the bathroom? And if you want to add remodel advice, I’m listening!