It was a little more than a year ago that a storm rolled through our tiny little town, knocking out our air conditioner and kicking our plans to remodel the old farmhouse we were living in into overdrive. Without much preparation, we were thrown into the gutting of a 3,200 square foot house while we continued to live in the home. It is hard to believe we are one year into this project, and we are still not finished. I think you have to understand the size and scope of the project before you can understand why it has taken so long.
My husband is a general contractor and has worked in construction for more than 12 years. He worked for two national home builders before starting his own construction business almost four years ago. We did not hire additional crews to complete our home renovation, so we have taken a few breaks in the last year when other jobs became more pressing. It was helpful for us to take breaks as well, as our family has continued to live in the home throughout the duration of the project.
Today, I thought it would be a good idea to look back over the past 12 months to see how far we have come. It is easy to get consumed by what is going on around us and become anxious or depressed by what feels like a lack of progress. The fact is, there is no shortage of progress. We have come quite a long way from our first day of demo. There is only one wall in this entire house that has not moved or changed in some way, inside and out.
We replaced all of the siding and windows before repainting the entire house. There is a sunroom off our master bedroom that was recently rebuilt for added structural support and the back deck was torn down because it needs to be rebuilt as well.
INTERIOR: UPPER LEVEL
We completely reconfigured the upper level of our home by moving the existing staircase and taking it from two bedrooms and one bath upstairs to four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a loft space at the top of the stairs. We still have some touch-up work to do upstairs. After being displaced for the better part of the last year, we decided it was more important to get the upper level in livable condition than to wait until it was 100 percent complete to move back into our bedrooms.
The things we lack upstairs are things we can take care of little by little once we have completed the rest of the house. Right now, we do not have the time or the energy to focus on both.
INTERIOR: LOWER LEVEL
We experienced a bit of lag time since I last updated you on the progress of the lower level. While we waited to be worked into the schedule of one of our subcontractors, we moved our crew to another job. As I mentioned earlier, only one wall in the entire house has remained untouched. That wall is downstairs. I recently gave a complete tour of the downstairs along with the new floor plan, plus another progress update. The walls have now been textured, and we are ready to begin trim work. We have made most of the final selections for the downstairs, minus a few. It should move pretty quickly from here on out.
As you can see, we have made quite a bit of progress. We still have more left to accomplish, but we have literally changed everything about this house. We have hit a few bumps and snags along the way, and we have had to take a few breaks here and there. Remodeling a home is never easy and never goes according to plan. Trying to remodel a home while your family is still living in it is even more difficult. We fell in love with this house and the property it sits on as soon as we laid eyes on it. We hope to make this our forever home, so it is worth the wait.
I hope you have enjoyed following along!
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