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9/27 renovations start - too many decisions

September 29th, 2017 at 06:29 am

So i'm going to journal this so we can see how it goes. Renovations start and the signed contract was for $46k. $15k down payment $15k midway, and $15k upon completion. I just signed the garage doors for $3700 installation of 2 new doors and side openers. That's charged to Costco visa.

Right now we are trying to decide about custom cabinets and tile for the shower. We are also choosing the gas fireplace insert and I need to order a water heater. Also we took down the walls so we could move the garage entry door to the home but there is a support beam. I need to make a decision tomorrow. As well as decide where to put all our outlets we want in the garage and basement. I also need to determine if 30" walkway is enough between washer/dryer and cabinets facing them.

We started 3 days earlier than anticipated. According to our contract we are supposed to finish by Thanksgiving. Right now almost all demolition is finished. They are about to start framing.

Did I mention my DH has been traveling for a week internationally and I haven't been able to talk to him? I also finished moving everything into our storage unit without him but I ended up throwing stuff into my outback and driving his car because I don't have carseats in mine. I'm so tired I can't even do another storage run till this weekend.

And until they can put it back we don't have a washing machine and dryer. On Wednesday they couldn't move it because that morning my DK2 peed in bed and I couldn't stand it so I stripped it and immediately started the wash. They gave me a day to finish the load and I took all night to wash as many loads as possible. I was up to 1 am.

Cross your fingers we're done by Christmas my parents are coming and I need the space back as well as the laundry.

6 Responses to “9/27 renovations start - too many decisions”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Good luck! I've heard renovations are hard to live through -- I've never done one myself! Keep your eyes on the prize -- how lovely it will be when it's all done.

  2. snafu Says:

    I found it helpful to take a photo each AM before the workers arrived, noted on calendar arrival & departure times. Puzzled by the decision for 'custom' cabinets in laundry.

  3. Bluebird Says:

    I hope your contractor is making recommendations or suggestions for some of those items, so you can make an informed decision. That is their job.

  4. My English Castle Says:

    I'm officially crazy after 7 weeks of bathroom renovations. I can't even remember what I ordered anymore. But mine will be done this week, and I can assure you that you'll have a happy day down the road!

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Oy! I'm saving hard for a big kitchen renovation, which I'm desperate to start on, but your post definitely reminds me that I'm also setting myself up for a life of chaos for several weeks/months! I've lived through several renovations and home improvements, and it's a test of one's coping skills for sure.

    Good luck and I hope you post before-and-after photos when all's said and done!

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Hope it all goes smoothly and on budget. Best wishes.

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