I just went back and re-read everything we’ve put out there from the beginning. First of all, you people are saints for sticking with this blog and this journey. Somedays it feels like it’s been just a few weeks, and other times it feels like it’s been a dozen years since we first saw the house that we decided would become our home.
As with most journeys, this one will never truly end. There are so many plans we had for this home that have not yet come to fruition and I’m honestly pretty excited about continuing to work on them into the future. There are some decisions we won’t even know we needed to make until we move in and others we did make that we’ll probably immediately regret, but I think that just comes with the territory.
Most of all though, I’m thankful to see life restored to this old house! It’s been like watching a child grow up when you see them every day. You don’t necessarily notice all the small changes that add up over the course of time and once you stop to look back you can’t believe it. That’s the best way I can describe the renovation. I can’t count the hours (and certainly don’t want to recount the dollars) that have gone into it, but it’s all worth it 100 times over to be this close to moving in and having a forever home that we’ve made our own.
I can’t wait to do some before and after comparisons, but I think we’ll wait until we’ve moved in and added some warmth to the spaces. Our final inspection is next week – we are so close!
Until then, we’ll talk about some of those fun “renovation things.” You know. The unexpected things that pop up on a Tuesday morning and stall work for the entire rest of the week. Or the projects that are supposed to be a quick-fix, but end up taking two months and two million dollars to just get back to square one. So, just in case you too have stars in your eyes about how you’ll take a home from zero to hero in one month on a dime like all the shows on HGTV – consider this your reality check.
Here are just a few of our experiences and pointers:
Whew I needed to get that off my chest. #itsfine
Next week we should really see the final product so I'll post more pictures to the photo journal then!
About the author:
Andrea is an Alabama girl with a love for travel, tea and books. She is mommy to daughters, Alice and Eleanor, and wife to Michael. Together they are tackling a fixer-upper to make it their home for years to come.