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More often than not-I refer to our abode as "home". There are times when it is a house.

There's a difference. A home (for me) is a place you want to be-warm, cozy, inviting, like chenille throw on a cold evening.  

The same structure becomes a house when you have parts of it missing, are waiting for strangers to come in an fix it, feel as if you have just opened your wallet and numerous people are asking you for your credit card and quite frankly-you're thinking that there has got to be a clean, quiet spot you could just go lay down in and get some rest without having to worry that something else is going to go wrong.

A few weeks ago my husband had the audacity to notice some "bubbling" paint in the laundry room and then touch it enough to know that the drywall was mushy, followed by the discovery that our linoleum and precious wood floors were also quite wet.  

Yes, we endured 6-1/2 days of fans and de-humidifiers blowing and sucking, workers pulling out the walls, door framing, insulation, etc and then the obvious of someone else putting it all back in. We also had the leak detection firm who fixed the 6-8" piece of pipe with the pinhole in it that caused the entire and latest fiasco.

Now as if that weren't enough-this was like some sort of epiphany for my husband to suggest the following:

1-Let's just go for it and put in a new countertop for the downstairs bathroom.
Now this actually sounded like a plan-until we measured the stupid cabinet and found that again, the fine developers of our 1989 abode did NOT put in a standard vanity! The old one is NOT 24"-its 25-1/8".  

For those of you who don't know what this means in "re-model speak"-you can't go in to your local home improvement store and buy a new countertop "off the rack".  

Nope. After exploring several semi-custom companies and a custom option-turned out the most reasonable option was to buy a "bath-in-a-box" and a new faucet. Luckily for us, there was an antique copper 1 hole faucet that we actually liked and matched the towel bar, toilet paper holder and lighting that we have in that bathroom.

2-Since they have to put in new wood and the place will be a complete mess, now's the time to call that guy who advertises that he can take out your ugly 1980's light fixture and make it into a beautiful tray ceiling, complete with crown molding and update your kitchen.  

I guess we were lucky times are slow-normally he charges $400 for that crown molding, but the summer sale was that he included this step.

3-My husband, whom is fast becoming "the former Mr. Moneybags" decided that since we were doing the other 2 steps, now was the time to replace those rather old and cat-scratched kitchen blinds for faux wood ones.

Thankfully, those were an easy project! Off the rack and done in a couple of hours.

We won't be done for at least a month. The biggest project of ripping out some 1200 square feet of plank wood flooring and then putting it all back in won't happen until early September.  

It could have been done earlier-but then life happens and our daughter and her family are here with us right now as you are reading this entry. Then we're going to a family wedding at the end of the month-so there's no sense putting in new floors while our son and daughter-in-law and the grand furbabies come and watch the now very sick Sunshine and our cat Pepper.

Hey, if anymore is going to happen to the "house"-let it happen while it's already a mess. Because when we get back, we want to come "home".

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      Linda L wrote Aug 13, 2010
    • Thanks Carine for this post.  For me I don’t have a hubby or know a good affordable handyperson friend to help out with my home improvement projects and I can’t afford the many more projects that need to be done.  Tub clogs, sink leaks, and sawing down the thick shrubs have been priority.  There’s still some water leaking on the bathroom floor even after recaulking, but I’m not going to call back the self-employed guy - I realize as he was doing it that he isn’t all that good.  I thought I was going to save money and he didn’t charge me a whole lot, but the problem exists. I learn from my mistakes.  

      I suppose as a homeowner I have to accept that something always happen and to make the best of it.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Aug 13, 2010
    • pretty much-I just keep reminding myself, “I’m going to love it when its done!”



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      Vikki Hall wrote Aug 13, 2010
    • Lol! I just love when the hubz gets involved.... In our house it always ends escalating into a bigger deal!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Aug 13, 2010
    • isn’t that the truth.  love the lighting change though.  enjoying having the dry drywall and insulation, sure I just adore the new wood floors when they‘re done. and I do like the new vanity, etc  It’s just going to be a “pain” until it’s all done



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      Nerissa wrote Aug 14, 2010
    • But it will be so well worth it for the joy that it will bring. I know, it’s the getting there part...



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      Carine Nadel wrote Aug 16, 2010
    • the dishwasher just died...



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      Linda L wrote Aug 16, 2010
    • well, my bathroom sink is clogged.  Don’t have Drano at home, so gotta buy it and it better work.



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