Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The End Is In Sight

We started remodeling/finishing our basement a million years ago. Okay, a million years might be exaggerating a bit, but only a bit. A very little bit. See, here is a before construction and an after construction pic of me--just to prove how long it took.

Before:


After:


See, it took a long time.

Okay, we really started working on it in early March. It is now July. July! That means,I've been living in chaos for almost six months. Okay it's five, but it feels like at least six. Or a million years.

How come it's taken us so long? I don't know. Workers demolished the McDonald's down the street (seriously all that was left was a hole in the ground), then they rebuilt it, opened it, and served 10,000 burgers and fries in less time than it took me to do three lousy rooms. BUT, the end is in sight.

The carpet is in. We spent the whole day yesterday laying tile, It's almost done. All we have left is one more day of tiling, two days of painting, and little odds and ends like baseboards, shower heads, and doors. I might cry. Really. I think there are tears on my keyboard right now.

Here is a list of things I won't miss about living with construction:

1: Drywall dust.

2: Plastic cover sheets spread over furniture and flooring.

3: The toilet sitting in the backyard waiting to be reinstalled. Really, you get some strange looks from the neighbors. I've lived in constant fear that one of the kids would use it while it's sitting on the deck. This is the stuff of nightmares. Shudder.

4: Having to crawl over saws and piles of tools to get to the laundry.

5: Going to Lowe's and Home Depot more than the grocery store, or any other store.

6: Parking in the driveway because the garage is full of construction equipment.

7: Bruises, scrapes, cuts, and various boo boos from hammers and saws. Um yeah. Ow.

8: Drywall dust. I know I mentioned this before, but there's a lot of it. And it won't die. Ever. Here's a pic of my hubby trying to find the laundry in the drywall dust. This is an actual photo. Really.



9: Waiting for the drywaller. For two months.

10: Not having doors on things like bathrooms. I really love doors.

I could go on, but you get the idea. There are a few things I will miss like spending time with my dad. And .... well, that's it really. Hanging with my dad. See silver lining.

17 comments:

The Stanley's said...

Your illustrations are a riot!

Brodi Ashton said...

You made me laugh!

Angie said...

Sounds like quite the project. Funny pictures!

LeishaMaw said...

Anita, thanks!

Brodi, ha! You always make me laugh.

Angie, welcome, and I don't think I will ever want to do a project bigger than changing a lightbulb ever again. :)

Blake Goddard said...

I would've used the toilet on the deck. Just to say I had. Totally worth it. In fact, if I'd known it was there I might've jumped your fence at 2 am to pull it off.

Cherie said...

Good thing Blake didn't know about the toilet!

Jonene said...

It sure brings out the joy in life's little pleasures, such as NO drywall dust continually blanketing the TV, microwave and computer screens. It will come . . . after vacuuming over and over and over . . . and you get the idea. Your house is going to be beautiful -- especially with that sweet little writing room!!! Congratulations!

LeishaMaw said...

Blake, just in case you plan on jumping over the fence at 2 a.m., I'm moving it inside today. Serrious shudder. :)

Cherie, um, yeah.

Jenilyn Tolley said...

Wow! Congrats on getting the carpet in and tile down! That's awesome!

Do you want to come do my basement now? :)

Jolene Perry said...

I totally understand this. My husband and I built two houses, and every time it seemed to take and eternity!

LeishaMaw said...

Jolene, a whole house would take an eternity.

ali said...

ROFL! Those pics cracked me up! And hey, you survived! Congrats! ♥

LeishaMaw said...

Jenilyn, sure. Of course, I didn't do most of the work, and don't know what I'm doing, but I can use a nailgun and a saw, so what more do you need?

Ali,thanks. I thought the present me was smokin. ;)

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

Woah, that is a long time to have to deal with chaos. It's different when you just visit it every now and then but when it's the heart of your home it feels (and is) the world. My parents redid their kitchen the year I left for college. I'm glad I missed most of it.

Thanks for coming over to my blog!!

LeishaMaw said...

Debbie, you are most welcome. Thanks for coming over to mine! :)

nikkimantyla said...

(I tried to post this earlier and there was some glitch. Boo.)

Ah, the memories this brings back. Especially #5. They stopped asking for our picture ID at Lowe's. I think our record was either three or four times in one day. Congrats on getting to the more liveable part! Once the carpet was in, my sister moved into our basement immediately, even before I'd finished the electrical.

The Huffies said...

My favorite is Daidre's room - love the blue!! Thanks for the call today...busy with appts and other such nonsense, talk to you soon!

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