Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Five Signs You're Living in a Home You Recently Built or Renovated

{My apologies for missing Tuesday's post, so here's a special Wednesday edition. J}

As you may know, on Saturday, we moved into the home we’ve been building for over fourteen months. This is the fifth home we’ve owned during twenty-two years of marriage, and, Lord willing, our last. J But this settling-in process is unlike any other I’ve experienced.

If you’ve built your own home or renovated a fixer-upper, you may relate to these…. 
  1. The phone tech spends five hours getting your phone and Internet in order. Before he goes, he calls in an order to get the 72 feet of cable he lay around your house buried. You sigh in relief that you haven't completed the final grade and seed for the yard yet.
  2. Half of your breakfast bar is covered in tools.
  3. Your new, beautiful chandelier is covered with a fine layer of construction dust.
  4. Your boys share a bathroom with an air compressor. {We'll get it out of there...eventually. I think.}
  5. As you walk through Menards, filling your cart with closet shelves and toilet paper roll holders, you call employees by name. A few even express their congratulations on getting the house habitable.

Life is crazy and blessed. Who wants normal, anyway? J






Have you built or renovated? What signs would you add?



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11 comments:

  1. Super congrats on the new house! The part about the air compressor just about slayed me. I can remember similar woes with an air compressor when we moved into a new home when my sister and I were teenagers! Giggle!

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    1. I was sure there were others who had experienced something similar...so glad you commented, Helen! :-)

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  2. HAHAHA!!! Such a god feeling moving to a brand new house and one you all help to build.

    Charlotte Moore

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    1. It's a wonderful feeling, Charlotte! Thank you so much for your consistent presence here! :-)

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  3. When we were first married, our little house was in the process of being remodeled. Hopefully, in the spring we will start some remodeling this house. My husband told me to decide on the kitchen or bathroom. A decision, I'm telling ya! I would love to see your kitchen cabinets.

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    1. If you decide on the bathroom, prepare for an air compressor, Lori. :-) Another reader wants an entire house tour when we're done, so that'll include the cabinets. Thank you so much for your comment!

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  4. lol, its a very gratifying feeling to get to the finish line though! (even with all of the craziness) :)

    -Lara @ Methodical Living
    http://methodicalliving.blogspot.com

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    1. Quite satisfying to know that it meets code and is habitable, Lara! :-)

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  5. We've done this twice now!! One house we lived in 21 years and we finished the whole basement including studding and sheet rocking. Now, we have been doing the same in the house we have been in 8 years. Years that fly! What I have found is that E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. takes way longer than you ever imagined. For instance, we have had the studding, most of the sheet rocking, and painting done for several years. Now that the kids all moved out we are finally putting in the tiles at the French doors and around the wood stove and laying carpet, LOL. We were a LOT slower this time around. It was good for the children to live in an imperfectly finished house. Who knows what they will have to do in their lives. Just in case you were wondering, my husband is wonderful to be doing the tiles and having the carpeting put in.

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  6. We have never really done a major remodel. Just things like doing some sheetrock and painting, and then laying down the carpet (someone else did that). We did a small remodel of our bathroom though, and that was bad enough, haha. I have never looked so long and so intently at toilets in my life. It honestly felt like we spent hours in the store trying to pick one. Seriously, just pick a toilet already? It took longer for us to pick out a toilet then it did to pick out the floor, lol! Thanks for linking up to "Making Your Home Sing Monday!"

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