Dust, clutter, boxes and continual rubbish that keeps magically accumulating…why do we do it?
Right now I couldn’t tell you exactly, I am currently sat in a local coffee shop because I have no running water or flat quite frankly. When we bought our house nearly two years ago, we did so because it was a fixer-upper with the intention to improve it at some point. Mine and Tom’s views on how to do this were a little different unsurprisingly – we have the opposite views on most things. I wanted to do it gradually, working from room to room, whereas Tom wanted to do it all in one go. As he will be doing most of the work (with his brother-in-law) we went with his option and he reassures me it will be better this way so I’m trusting him. No pressure!
Up until now it’s been quite fun – picking out bathrooms, kitchens and flooring, I’m all about the detail, Tom not so much which is where we balance each other out nicely. So far, in two days we have ripped out the bathroom, stripped the living room and there is now an empty void where our kitchen used to be. Then it comes down to the detail – where do you want the lights, switches and plugs. All of which seem quite nominal things but to me, it’s all about the detail. One thing that baffled me about our flat is that only one room had a light in the ceiling, the rest were on the walls! So right now works happening to put spotlights in the bathroom, a centre light in the living room and lights in the kitchen. You wouldn’t believe how much work goes into making this happen. Perhaps that’s why the previous owners didn’t bother changing the lights, who knows!
The plasterer is in on Tuesday morning to start with the bathroom and then onto the rest of the flat. Honestly I can’t wait for the plastering to be over because it means most of the messy work is done and in my mind – the more fun stuff begins. It means we can start to rebuild our house!
So back to my original question – why do we renovate? Because at the end of it all you get what you want. Not only do you get a sense of self-fulfilment (I am sure Tom will get a lot more of that than me as he is doing most of the work) but you have a house that is completely yours.
I’ll let you know how I feel when it’s done but for now I’m off to source a ceiling rose and kitchen worktops while Tom fits the new boiler. Wish us luck!!
Have any of you been through renovation works? How did you feel? Give me some hope!