Monday, July 6, 2009

 Will not let go of the vision...

If any of you have ever lived in a house while you were doing major remodeling or in the midst of building - kudos to you! You will understand how important it is to hang on to the vision of the finished product in the midst of the messy work. The dust The long hours The temporary house rearrangement that must go on while one or more rooms are being tore into The noise Like alot of things in life, big projects like this tend to get much messier before they begin to take shape. There is alot of "behind the scenes" stuff that has to go on before you see the beauty that you are working toward. Plumbing, electrical, framing, etc... And it is so important for one like me to hold on to the vision. We started remodeling our bedroom a few weeks ago. Dave grabs any little window of time that he can to work on it. That is a challenge in amongst a busy life. We knew what we were working toward in the beginning and I have to continually go back and remember our plans and then think ahead to when this will be an extremely relaxing little haven for us. But let's just say that is not an easy thing when you see this... Our house is over 70 years old. We have slowly been going from room to room - remodeling little by little. As the need arose for a nursery, upstairs bathroom, and new roof, I some times wondered if our room would ever be next on the list... It was certainly livable. And if you like a dirty lavender color, plaster patches and the worlds smallest closet, then it was a perfectly suitable room. Nothing major was wrong with it until the roof project we tackled last year left a large crack in our ceiling. And then the project commenced. I spent a few days packing every thing and moving it out (with lots of help from little boys who got incredible enjoyment out of unpacking the totes I was packing up...). And then the demolition began. Oh dirty lavender walls, plaster patches, and large ceiling crack that was beginning to show bright shiny stars from above -I will not miss you. We said good bye to the old as our room basically got thrown into a trailer out our window:We have a long way to go. There's much work to be done - but I have vision!! And you better believe I am holding on to every bit of that vision as I see the distribution of copious amounts of saw dust all over every other part of our house. As I live out of rubber maid totes in the small room that used to be Noe's. As I patiently wait... Friends - meet my vision: It's going to be warm and inviting, and above all, very relaxing. The corner jacuzzi tub and the pedestal sink have been bought. They are in our garage awaiting the time of installation - and reminding us that this will indeed some day all come together. :) The faucets, tile, and carpet have been chosen, paint scheme is in place, Walls to my new walk in closet are framed up and the frame for the tub is just about finished... We are getting there... And I have a couple of the cutest construction guys ever working on it all. :) All of this is being done by Dave and Jay. Not.letting.go.of.the.vision.

11 comments:

Leslie said...

I can't even tell you how much I love this post... can not wait to see it complete... and wow what a talented you guy you have Wendi. Seriously...

and that qoute, is so so great.

Mel said...

The finished product will be astounding!!! This is a metaphor for our lives too but i bet you knew that :)

Heather said...

Wow. When you say remodel, you aren't kidding! I can't wait to see the finished results. I'm sure it will be awesome!

Mama Belle said...

That's the way to do it ... a little at the time. Your vision will be reality soon.

Anne Elizabeth said...

I CAN NOT wait to see how it turns out! I LOVE your vision. I have a vision for my upstairs. Some days I feel like its never going to happen though. It need so much work it overwhelms me right now.

"Rachel" said...

I can't wait to see the after photos!!!

Rachel @ Unexpected Blessings said...

So excited for you! I miss my Jacuzzi tub so! Hopefully I will have a house with one again.

Are you still going with Baked Bean? :)

Heather of the EO said...

Well, we've done it again, my dear brain twin! We both wrote about visions for our houses today. Different posts of course, but much same subject. Again :) I love it.

Your room is going to be beautiful! I know how hard it is to live in construction. I've been doing it for almost five years. Man, am I ever sick of it...but hopefully one day our house will sell because of it...hopefully!!!

Love the pictures, by the way.

Noah and Ryders Mommy said...

Wow!! What a project! Can't wait to see the finishing product! I bet it looks great...although I liked the lavender walls...lavender is my fav color and the color of my sheets lol and candles...but Im sure it's going to look amazing when it's all done! So excited for you!

Aminta said...

Oh goodness!
I LOVE that you are doing this. That you have taken this plunge. And BOY ARE YOU GONNA NEED IT! Adding to the family tree constitutes some relaxing crooks and krannies for this Mommy-to-be!
Ypu know,
I am the daughter of a contractor and the wife of one as well. I lived in many "to be finished" projects in my day. lol And I look back at them as some of the most fun I have had. I think, as long as you put quireling last on the list, that it brings a family together.
Love your visions for your home! I am so excited to see finsihed pictures and to hear that you have relaxed in your new bath tub, candles lit and music playing.
How are you feeling??
Loves,
Minta

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Dirty Lavendar! Ha! Can't say that is on my top 10 favorite colors list.

This is going to be such a lovely, relaxing place when it's all done. Just imagine the hours you can spend reading in that tub, a few candles glowing beside you. And a cup of coffee nearby. Loving your inspiration pictures.....ahhhh, serenity.

So what is the timeline on this? Will it be all done before Baby arrives?