Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Tales From The Home Improvement Front, Part 1

As many of you know, Dan and I bought a home last Fall needing updates throughout, but especially to those all important areas--kitchen, flooring & baths. While the idea sounded appealing to do what we want to make it our own, it's been a challenge living in a demolition zone.

Before moving in Dan tore off and re-roofed the entire home, I pulled up the carpet and had the hardwood floors refinished, and we hired painters to paint the entire interior of the home. After we moved in, Dan installed crown moldings, six-panel doors, new lighting fixtures, and tiled the entry to give it an updated feel.

While we've accomplished a lot, Dan's recent kitchen/powder room renovation seems like it's dragging on forever. The photo below shows what our kitchen looked like two months ago. Thankfully, we're further along now but our early Summer deadline is looking more like August...hopefully.

So, here are my three rules of thumb for home improvement projects:
1) It will take longer than you planned,
2) It will cost more than you think, and
3) Your local home improvement store will become your 2nd home.

I'll keep you posted on our progress, and I wish you good luck on your Summer projects!

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