The Craziness of a House Remodel

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Living in a house while you're remodeling it is interesting, to say the least. Things can get a little bizarre. The funny thing is that I've stopped noticing a lot of the crazy over time. Putting this blog post together was kind of hilarious for me because I realized how many odd little things I live with every day and hardly pay attention to.

Things like:

The toaster that sits on the hallway floor because that's where the closest working electrical outlet to the basement door is located. Our "pantry" is in the basement, so if I want toast with breakfast I run downstairs to get the bread, back up the stairs to the toaster, and hang out in the hallway until it's ready.

The numerous holes in our ceiling where you can look up directly into the attic. Don't worry....we covered most of them up with plastic sheeting and blue painter's tape. Classy.

The foot-shaped hole in the living room ceiling where Mark slipped while in the attic.

The no AC situation in the middle of August because of said holes in the ceiling. We decided to just turn the AC off until we can get the ceiling patched because our electric bill was going through the roof (sorry, I couldn't help it). Basically, we were cooling the entire house and the insanely hot attic. #notcheap

The subfloor in the kitchen that you can see through down into the basement. Mark and I have had several conversations through the slats in the floor while standing over top of each other, he in the basement and me upstairs in the kitchen.

The pile of 2x4s stacked in the living room. We gave up keeping them outside because we were using them every single day.

The electric tea kettle that sits on the floor of my office. Again, because there's only one working outlet in the room and there's no table on that wall. When I want a cup of tea in the morning, I just scoot across the room in my rolling chair, lean down to the floor, and turn on the kettle.

The immense collection of tools across the fireplace mantel. If you need something, chances are you'll find it there.

The refrigerator in the basement. Usually, I'll pull things out of the fridge for meals and bring them upstairs to the dining room table. There have been a few times, though, when the idea of carrying everything upstairs to eat and then back downstairs again to wash dishes just didn't sound appealing. The other night we sat in beach chairs in the basement eating our dinner and didn't think twice about it.

Cooking dinner on the carport. Lots of dinners get made on the grill outside, which means setting up a whole kitchen out there — meat cooking on the grill, pasta boiling on the gas burner, and salad prepped on the truck tailgate. I try to think of it as a form of glamping. :)

Eating by shop lights. (It's the new candlelight dinner). The electricity is turned off while we rewire the kitchen/dining room area so it gets a little hard to see once the sun goes down. Shop lights to the rescue.

I'm sure there are many more things that I'm forgetting at the moment, simply because I've become used to our normal at the moment. I won't know what to do with myself once we have a kitchen sink, stove, and refrigerator all in the same room!

Just kidding, I totally know what I'll do. I can't wait!

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