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Renovations

I've just been hit by the full extent of the upheaval I'm facing by having renovations done on my house.

Don't get me wrong; I can't wait. The interior of my house is unbelievably shabby, suffering from years of neglect when my mother was living in it and it was impossible to move for all the "stuff." It's taken this long to kind of psych myself up to the final amount of clearance that is needed, and to stop feeling guilty about doing this for myself (and, to be honest, I haven't quite got that bit yet).

But even though I've cleared out about 50% of what was here, there's still an enormous amount of "stuff" left from my mum - about 1000 books, teddy bears, good china - most of which is in my basement. Then there's my own "stuff": another 1000 or more books, my dishes, dvds, some knickknacks, camera equipment, all the non-perishable food in my kitchen... you know. Thing is, they're going to be tearing out my kitchen, dry-walling in my living room, the kitchen and the bedroom, painting throughout, new floors and other things. So I'm going to have to pack it all up...

And I've really only just realized that of course it will be easier if they do the whole thing at once, or that the various bits - ripping things out, dry-walling, painting and so on - are all done at the same time in the whole house. I, you see, had had some notion that they could do one room at a time and I'd just move from one room to another. Which I know they _could_ do, but realize that ultimately it will be faster and therefore cheaper if I were not here and they could do it all at once.

I had already decided that I was probably going to go and stay in one of my friend kp's holiday flats for at least part of the time, and I'm now thinking that the more I can stay away probably the better. I can easily take Tabitha with me. I'm not so sure about the dogs, because although kp has said I could take them, they are, you know, dogs, and they bark and they need to go out in the middle of the night, and the apartments are up a steep flight of stairs that Zoe might not won't like (nor will Robinson, for that matter) and there isn't a fenced yard, and there are paying guests who may not want barking or whatever... And staying at kp's and more than likely boarding the dogs somewhere is all going to incur more expense, but I'm beginning to get dizzy with all the money that is going to be spent, and heck, what's a few hundred dollars more when tens of thousands are being discussed... And I feel kind of guilty about _that_, too, though I don't really know why, because it's my money, or at least money that's coming from equity that I've built in my property, and I've worked hard and all that, but I still have a lot of trouble doing good things for myself and believing I'm worth it... And I think I need a renovation in my brain, too.

Yikes.

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brinian
Jun. 20th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Do you want to come down here for a week or so? We're dog and cat friendly. Although I don't know how Tabitha would feel about visiting with other cats. I know the boys don't mind Zoe. Brin can be a bit pushy with visiting boys, but I can manage that part so Robinson isn't too fussed. Our house is a housekeeping disaster though...you might find it a bit disturbing :-) Lots of clutter and not nearly as neatly kept as yours. Or we could set you up in the trailer.

BTW, Zoe had steep stairs (with open backs) at her apartment in Beaverton. I know she's getting quite creaky, but I'm sure she can handle it (even though she'll grump about it!)

We had a remodel in the kitchen in San Jose. It was six weeks from hell. I WISH we'd moved out for at least some of tat time. You need to take care of yourself and your family as well as your house! Give yourself permission to do that.
intertext
Jun. 20th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the offer, and the good wishes!! It would be great to have that as an option if there's some time when kp can't have me and when I feel I can leave things behind. I had thought about going and staying on an island somewhere, but kp pointed out that it wouldn't be a bad idea to be available for consultation, and if I'm in town I can continue tending my garden and keeping an eye on things. But a long weekend break might be just the thing...

My goodness, you thought my place was neat??? I had probably tidied up in honour of your visit ;-) Don't worry - I am very tolerant of domestic chaos; in fact, I find it more reassuring than uber neatness ;-)

Meanwhile, I'm thinking of contacting Diane Kerr, who, if I remember rightly, boards beardies. I kind of think that putting the beardies somewhere congenial for the time might be less disruptive than trying to work around them. Do you have her number?? Yes, Zoe can still manage stairs, but she does grump. But both of them need letting out usually at about 3:00 am every night, and trundling up and down with them on leashes makes my heart quail rather.
gillo
Jun. 20th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Good for you - it's a big step, making the place more your own, but it will be worth it. And you and the dogs will suffer a lot less if you move out while they are doing it, even if the dogs have to be boarded - the constant upheaval of living through such major renovations would be very stressful for them.

Will we get before and after pics?
intertext
Jun. 20th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
thanks! You'll certainly get "after" pics. I was thinking of doing "before and after" for my own entertainment, but I'm not sure I want to share the "before"s even with my flist ;-)
heleninwales
Jun. 20th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
I hate having big jobs done on the house. In our case it was only the bathroom, but we ended up organising it for a time we could both be away because that meant that the plumber could take his time and do a proper job without having to worry about us being without a functining toilet. But it really was worth it and we haven't regretted spending the money.

So take courage and think about how lovely it will be when it's all done! :)
intertext
Jun. 20th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
thanks! Yes, I can't wait for the finished product, especially as I'm planning new furniture in the living room and all sorts. I just wish I could wave a magic wand "make it so" and have it all done ;-)
noveldevice
Jun. 20th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
I think I'd clear out in the interest of just getting it all done that much faster, honestly. :)
intertext
Jun. 20th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
I think you're right :)
tree_and_leaf
Jun. 20th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Gosh, that's a big job - and although it seems daunting, I think getting out of the way and getting it done might be best...
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