I don't recommend it but I couldn't possibly be more thankful for the transformation that has taken place. Our house feels brighter and more like our home. There is just a difference between living in a house and living in a home.
We developed a list when we moved into this house. I hate the list and I love the list. I hate how long the list is. I hate how expensive some of the things are on the list. I hate waiting while we save up for things on the list. I hate when something we didn't anticipate (like a broken down vehicle) prevents or pushes back something on the list. I love the list... I love checking things off the list. The list tells us where we are going and it reminds us of where we've been. I have always gained a strange satisfaction from crossing things off lists.
To say that we planned this renovation would be a lie. The catalyst was our old deck. Just check it out.
|It bounced when you walked on it.|
|literally falling apart|
|There was a lot of this going on. See the break?|
Once it was decided to replace the deck the rest sort of snowballed. Before I knew it our house became a disaster zone.
|Hello wide doorway!|
|The stairs Owen and I fell down (I was pregnant at the time)|
|1 week progress|
|This pile got astronomical|
|Upstairs hallway progress|