If you’ve ever done any remodeling in your home, you probably have stories about your process. Surprises along the way, unexpected expenses, but hopefully satisfying results. Or perhaps you like to watch any number of fixer-upper shows on HGTV (those are positively addictive to me!).
In our house, remodeling usually takes a bit longer than either my husband or I expect. When we remodeled our master bath, the unhooked toilet sat near the foot of our bed for weeks. It’s a good thing we’re not sleepwalkers or easily confused about things in the middle of the night!
Since then, we’ve decided not to be too rigid about timing. Before Easter, we needed to take advantage of my husband’s spring break from teaching but also knew we were hosting the family meal. So we warned everyone the house wouldn’t be completely settled and forged ahead. At least our kitchen no longer looked like this:
Just before the kitchen remodel, we’d also decided to add another reading and work space to our home. Since I’d claimed the study as my writing space eons ago, my husband has often taken over our dining room to grade papers or do other desk work. So we decided to turn some unused space in our front hall from wasted to useful. From this:
As you might have noticed, we installed wood flooring, but not just in the kitchen. In the process of taking up old tile just below this loft area, my husband ended up hurting his knee. That was right before Easter, and unfortunately he’s still not really up to par. A burst bursa led to an infection which led to surgery which led to an ongoing recovery from an incision left open to help it to heal from the inside out. Fortunately for all of us, we hadn’t started the other project we’d planned on the tile-removal day by unhooking the powder room plumbing to make way for the new flooring. With a house full of guests coming, knowing things take longer than we expect, we decided to put off that particular remodel until after the holiday. Thank goodness, since it has yet to be started, except for the tile having been taken away!
It’s hard to complain, though, since other than the powder room the rest of the tasks to be done are details we’ve been easily functioning around. The good news is my husband’s knee is mending, and he’s looking forward to finishing up.
We obviously learned our lesson from that first bathroom remodel: unhooked plumbing can remain unhooked for longer than you expect, so consider the possibility of unexpected delays!