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Home Improvement – How Hard Can It Be?

Home Improvement – How Hard Can It Be?

In my mind I can see it completed. There is fresh paint color gleaming on the living room walls. The new outside French door that replaces a window leading to the recently added on deck lets in sunlight. Next to the deck is the outside shower pad we enclosed with partial privacy walls that cover everything excluding your feet and ankles. There is even a fire pit and a lighted water fountain showcased near the deck.

The front entrance of the house has been enclosed and ceramic tiled with a portico and new front door that actually faces the front of the house now. The sad back door has been replaced with another French door to bring even more light into the kitchen and the entrance walkway to it has been covered with gray slate.

A new utility shed has replaced the pile of junk accumulated in the side yard. The junk was finally carted to the curb. The shed holds the lawn mower, ladder, and  have-to-keep items that were spilling out of the workroom onto the carport. The roof has been extended to house H’s truck and my car can now safely sit under the carport. The sparse lawn has been transformed with luscious green grass and the flowerbed in front is now a beautiful rose garden. The driveway has been refinished and widened. That broken sprinkler head has even been replaced.

AND the storage unit has been cleared of all the junk and now holds all the furniture that H doesn’t want to get rid of, but we have no room in the house for it. Andrew can actually walk around in his room without danger of  tripping over yet another box of have-to-keep’s. There is more than just a path to his bed!

The last ceiling fan has been installed and old lighting in the bathrooms and bedrooms have been replaced. The backsplash is up in the kitchen, the last few blinds installed in the back of the house and the inside doors have finally gotten their coat of paint. Every trace of flat pink paint has been covered! Closet doors are up and working in all the bedrooms and my hall closet/turned desk and bookshelves is bright with a layer of paint the color of Andrew’s room with the desktop installed and the shelves have been loaded with books and décor. Looks pretty good to us and boy are we tired!

 

Relaxation at its best!

Relaxation at its best!

The key words there were – “In my mind I can see it completed.”

When I can get H to sit down and watch home improvement shows on the weekends with me he actually can focus on the things we really need to do around here and will agree to some of my suggestions. How many of you think they make it look a lot easier than it really is? We had all that work done in about 30 minutes Saturday – in our minds! Lol! Now if it was only that simple. This is the realism of what we have left to do. Oooh, its a lot when I go back and read. Now if I could quit adding to this list and get to work!

Elle

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. You are not alone in visualizing how it SHOULD be, Elle. I enjoyed your post.

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  2. I can see it too! You guys did a great job 🙂

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  3. All DIY shows make it look much easier than it is. 🙂 Good luck with your renos.

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  4. Is this work already accomplished?!

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    • I wish and I wish it would only take 30 minutes! We have done a lot but with all that is left as mentioned here it doesn’t seem as though we have done anything! We may never finish!

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      • The joys of home ownership. We manged to get tiles laid in the studio, the hallway in front of the guest bath, the bathroom, replaced the carpet in all bedrooms, ripped off the back porch and replaced & extended it, tiled that too, painted four rooms including the ceilings, bought a new refrigerator. Now, we had to sell a property at a $200K loss (yes, you read that right) to be able to afford all of that, and I still need a washer and dryer…I could go on and on about what we still need. Home ownership…it is always progress, not perfection. Nice to keep dreaming though.

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        • Don’t even get me started on that fridge. It will have to die before H realizes we need a new one to match the rest of the new appliances! Could I make that happen? We are doing all this work ourselves so summers when H has a few weeks in a row off we usually get something done!

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