The past week has been busy to say the least. Not only packing up all of our belongings and moving into my sister's, but also organizing trades, ordering materials, tree and hedge removal, and a whole lot of other planning. The transformation has already begun on the exterior.
Walking away from our mostly empty house yesterday, I felt a bit sad. For all intents and purposes, it's like we're getting a new house. And as much better as this "new" house is going to be, it's still a bit weird to say goodbye. This is the end of an era....but I'm confident it's the start of an even better one.
While this is underway, please keep your renovations horror stories to yourself - trust me, thus far people have not held back from sharing them. Sure, things could go wrong outside of our control, but anyone who knows us should know we're going into this eyes wide open, having done a tonnnnnnnne of research and planning. Every risk that can be possibly mitigated - be it timeline, budget or resources - will be. (I was a project manager, right? I think all that experience was bringing me to right now, managing my most important project). Besides, no matter how overwhelming this is and no matter what goes wrong, nothing will ever come close to what we faced while the boys were in hospital. That was 5 months of hell; this will be 5-ish months of plain old stress. Big difference, and a pretty easy way to keep things in perspective.
The end result of this will be magical, yes, and our house will be amazing. But we are going to try to enjoy the journey, not just the destination. We have a bright future ahead, and our home will be at the centre of it.
July 2007 - when we first moved in
July 2014 - our last day in the house
Jordan was so excited he head over to start at 6 am, with the rest of the crew arriving by 8. Wish us luck and stay tuned for weekly updates on our extreme home makeover!