You move too fast.
We closed on this house on 2/28/11. We’ve only lived here for 4.5 months, but the crazy work has been going on for an entire year. Things that happened in the last year:
Got estimate for first round of work we wanted to do: $50,000+! Yikes. YIKES! We proceeded DIY style.
Kitchen wall came down!
Fire sprinkler system was ripped out (It was installed incorrectly, was uuuugly, and irony of ironies, my cousin who is a firefighter helped us rip it out)
Plaster and drywall on the exterior walls was knocked down.
Insulation installed in the walls!
Drywall… and sanding…. and more sanding.
A dumpster took up residence in our driveway for a month and a half.
Priming and paint. And pizza/beer to feed our lovely primers and painters.
Holes knocked through closet walls to make a hallway.
Removed window a/c units from the walls and patched the holes.
Kitchen vinyl floor/subfloor removed.
All wood floors sanded and refinished.
Some minor electrical and plumbing.
Some major electrical and plumbing (the only thing we hired pro’s for).
A kitchen island built.
Closets revamped to not be useless.
Lots of yard work. Lots. We inherited some ugly, dead stuff.
Made new friends.
Had lots of fun.
A year into turning this house into our home, we are super-duper-giddy-jump up and down-happy. Since I spent most of the last year in the pregnancy/recovery/newborn stage we relied even more heavily on help. Thank you to everyone who has helped. Thank you thank you thank you. Y’all are awesome. And welcome anytime. Especially if you want to paint. Or build stuff. 😉