Well guys, we are officially in month three of our renovation. We are missing several exterior walls, most of our roof and the whole front of our house is a sheet of plywood, and with yesterday’s rain you might have thought waterfalls were apart of our design aesthetic. We’ve been daring and crazy with our timelines before, we have been bold and taken risks, but honestly y’all, this project…takes the dang cake.
I think it really hit us this week just how crazy we really are, ha. But seriously. We were standing in our house (or what's remaining of it) yesterday and I think that's when it hit me. We are in September, this baby is coming in February, and business just keeps on rolling. In other words, our timeline, our contractors showing up, and our inspections going smoothly have never been more critical.
See, the funny thing is when the walls started coming down, progress started happening, I felt like I could breathe (which is funny because most people lose it at that point). It felt like FINALLY we were moving towards the home we always dreamed it could be. But as most projects go, we started hitting minor speed bumps along the way and have had to think on our feet and keep the faith even in times where it seemed impossible.
So all this has got us thinking, “how do we take the crazy that is our life right now -- some of it planned, some of it totally out of left field -- and make it an experience that is positive and fruitful?” I have found in my life when things get really tough, it's time to start reminding myself of ALL the reasons I am so thankful and blessed and harness my focus from negative thoughts of despair (ahh the sky is falling), to how this is all truly in God’s hand.
So here it is folks! Here’s my list of things that could have been a complete disaster but how in hindsight it all ended up being okay:
Not enough flooring- so this was a real special shocker-oo. We had bought our tile almost four years ago with a ton of extra for our future remodel. Except baby Gray and Air didn’t realize how big their remodel would be. So, for the last week and a half, I have been driving myself crazy stressing about how much new flooring would cost. We just laid down all this tile and we did not budget to have tile ripped up or new floor purchased and installed. Our tile had been discontinued four years ago and we both thought we were going to be totally screwed. But today at the house I asked Gray to take a picture of the SKU, hoping that maybe, just maybe, I could find some boxes online. So while eating tacos, I Googled the size and color, and poof, 200 boxes y’all! 200 glorious boxes were located just 20 minutes away. I don’t even know how or what we did to deserve this, but let me just tell you, I have never swiped a credit card so fast!
Metal design that was sort of forgot about- We were getting really excited because inspection passed, our re-barb was set in place, and things were moving along just nicely. The concrete trucks were scheduled to arrive and the crews were scheduled in. However, per our plans we needed 16 metal plates to be put into the concrete and, eventually, welded to metal poles that will hold our patio roof in place. So yeah, pretty important. It was NOT until the day concrete was scheduled to be poured that our on of our subs called and said his guy was two weeks behind and didn’t have the 16 plates. Um… panic mode. Except here's where the real thankfulness comes in. We have some AMAZING friends in the industry. Our friends at MetalWork Austin, came to our rescue. In less than 24 hours they custom welded all the plates we needed so that our project could move along. I have NEVER been more thankful for the amazing people in this industry.
Expectations of a furnished house- When we started this endeavor, in my mind, we would renovate and gorgeous furniture would magically appear like Cinderella getting her ballgown. *Poof* Magic. But then I started looking at the house room by room, I realized, “well, crud.” I have to decorate every. Single. Room. Like between growing a baby, raising another one, staying on top of our subs and timelines, working on our business, and going to my full time job -- I realized that’s NOT going to happen. And you know what, I honestly feel so good about it. I would rather move in and take my time choosing the perfect couches, rugs, lights, and art. Its so easy to get lost on Instagram and see these perfectly put-together houses, but what most people don’t show you are the HOURS of research, sampling and thoroughly taking time to make it a home. So I’m going to make this journey a fun one and as I go and decorate I will share it with all of you.
Thank you for following along in our always crazy, sometimes stressful, and never boring home renovation journey! Having you along for the ride makes this process a lot more fun. Stay tuned for progress and updates!