Old home renovations are the equivalent to buying a box of used ribbons. You know what you bought but you’re not exactly sure just how many ribbons are in that box. One by one you have to take them out unsure not just of how many are in there but how big they are or how tangled they may be with others. The only thing you can do is open that box and start untangling.
The good news is eventually you do reach the bottom of the box. You sort all those ribbons out but at that point you’re unsure why you even bought that box of ribbons in the first place. At the end of the an old home renovation you don’t see individual ribbons but an entire box sorted, reused, repurposed, discarded when necessary, cleaned up, and ultimately transformed into something you have come to love and appreciate every detail of.
What do ribbons have to do with our old home renovation? Absolutely nothing. To be honest our brains may still be a bit loopy from many sleepless nights, periods of bitter cold with no heat and no roof (yes we were foolish enough to live in the house during the entire process), checkbook fatigue, decision making that seemed life or death at the time but now seem so minor, and well… a lot more that we just can’t remember right now.
We’ll be breaking down our home renovation over the course of this blog but for now here’s a little look at our first year during the renovation (can you tell just how much we aged!) We wouldn’t take any minute of the experience back (well maybe a couple of things – we could have done without the bats flying around in the house or having our septic pipes cut through twice) but you’ll have to trust us on this one. It was worth every single second.
There are so many projects left to do. Our list grows daily by 2-3x the amount which we conquer the ones before. Old home renovations also mean there is no end point in sight. So after a quick break (okay, a sixth month break from any serious work) time to pick up the hammer once more!