Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The ramblings of a mad woman

Here's the thing.

I'm too excited to write about the stuff that's already happened.

Our first pile of drywall. Brought into the house in August.
That is how far behind I am...

I know you deserve updates.

I know you deserve to see the progress and read some amazingly witty anecdotal blog posts.

But I'm just too giddy.

Too wound up.

I just don't want to write them.

The first room we worked on; the guest bedroom.
It was very surreal seeing walls go up in the house!

Because (and here's the actual thing)...


It's official! We have a real deadline. We have until December 13 to get all of our drywall up. Because on December 13 we are finishing our electrical. Which means we will have outlets and lights EVERYWHERE!

It pays to have great neighbours.
Our neighbour up the street came over to check on our progress and offered the use of his drywall lift for the ceilings.
You have no idea how much of a blessing this tool has been to us.

And it also means that we'll just need to clean up a bit and put one of the bathrooms together and then we can move in. 

It will not be pretty. 

It will not be very functional. 

Which are basically the only two factors people really ought to be focused on. 

Completed guest bedroom.
Ready for electrical!

My main concern is just making it livable at this point. And to do that we have to accomplish the following:

1) heat it.
2) light it. 
3) water it. 
4) clean it. 

Number one is complete. Number 2 is booked. Number 3 (which means having a functional bathroom by the way) is already in progress. Especially since the flooring I've been eyeing up just went like 40% on sale! And Number 4 will not take long. 

The start of my closet. 

We will be living in the renovation. Something that we have managed to avoid so far. 

I know it won't be easy and I know if won't be fun. Or if it is fun, it will only be fun for about a week. 

My hope is that living there will accomplish two things though (get ready for the second list in this one blog post):

1) inspire us to keep working
2) give our bank account the much needed break it deserves

Completed closet!
Ready for electrical!
Number one in this case means that once we live in the house we will be there ALL the time. We also plan to avoid installing internet or TV for a while to both save on money and encourage us to keep working. The other benefit will be that normal "chores" can coincide with housework. Doing laundry will no longer be an "or" but will instead become an "and". 

What the heck does that mean? It means that I can throw a load of laundry in AND tape some drywall. Right now, I have to choose; work on the house, OR have clean clothes this week. 

The kitchen is actually done too, I just don't have a picture of it. 

Number two on the other hand means that we can take breaks. Which I know sounds like I am contradicting myself and I kind of am. But hear me out... Once we live there, a lot of the expensive stuff will be out of the way. We already own many of the materials that can keep projects rolling like our flooring and drywall tape and mud. So there will be tons to do, but very little expense involved in doing them (buying all that insulation, drywall, electrical, lumber... it added up VERY quickly). The other thing that helps the bank account is that we can take our time with it because we will no longer be the same kind of burden on my parents by living in their house. 

Master bedroom in basically its current state.
All of the second floor ceilings (with the exception of the master bathroom) are complete.
We had to get those done in order to have the attic insulated. 

And now for a message to my mother:
Believe it or not mom, but I feel guilty leaving you with Seamus. And for taking up the entire storage bin. And for having your basement loaded with our stuff. And for using the guest bedroom for over a year. And for not cleaning my bathroom last week....

This message also goes out to my mother-in-law, except more focused on just our stuff taking up room in the basement and guest bedroom. 

And to Jake's Aunt Jenny. For storing those chairs in your basement. 

Oh and to Candice. For taking up room in your guest bedroom to store my giant pouffy wedding dress...

I feel like I'm missing people too... 

Basically, if you are storing things for us. I'm sorry. And thank you. 

The tub surround in the main floor bathroom is in!

This post has run away with me, as so many of them do... Hopefully my ramblings will make up for my lack of description of all the photos you see, but somehow I doubt it.. 

Instead, I will try to distract you with something slightly pretty: 

I made this 100% for free.
I gathered together some greenery from my parent's maple farm.
Used wire and ribbon from my mom's collection (I could have used my own but it's locked away in storage).
If anyone is interested in a tutorial on how to make your own live greenery garland let me know and I can certainly put one together!
Same goes with the bow! 

Note: I just went up to re-read and slightly edit this post and realized how much I forgot to talk about... *sigh* I'm not sure I'll ever get to that "proper house blogger" status. 

Don't be afraid to leave comments here. I am genuinely interested in what you have to say! (Also, it feels like my blog becomes vindicated when people talk to me about it, which is a GREAT way to sooth my vanity 😁)

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