We are always living in the midst of a renovation project of some sort over here. It’s funny that I never talk about it online because it’s a rather big part of our life so I thought I’d write a bit about what we’re doing.
We bought our semi-attached home four years ago a bit below market value because it needed some serious work – for instance, there was a home salon in the basement so the plumbing and drywall had to be reworked. (And we had A LOT of other people’s hair clippings in the carpets to deal with. *shudder*) Plus, there were – yes, we counted – 37 different colours on the walls including a glossy black wall in the main living room, damaged floors, stained carpets, that sort of thing. There were a lot of basic restoration and repairs that had to be done here. Now we’re at last turning to the other projects.
A few months ago, we relocated and redesigned the downstairs washroom with the idea of creating a master suite. It’s nearly finished, hallelujah. Then we’ll paint and finish Joseph’s room, then move Evelynn downstairs to her own room near us because she is an early riser, and then the upstairs bathroom will get done because the shower isn’t working, and then our Very Pink 90s Kitchen is coming up … and so on. Brian has projects planned out until the fall of 2019 apparently, may God have mercy on our souls and my sanity.
There is not a weekend of our lives when we are not at the Home Depot or Rona or Canadian Tire. The proud tradition of dragging one’s children to hardware stores on Saturdays is alive and well at the Bessey home.
We are devoted enthusiasts of HGTV (the tinies and I all think Brian should compete for Canada’s Next Great Handyman competition but he’s unimpressed.) We like to watch DIY shows because the real estate ones tend to drive us a bit crazy. I don’t know if there is anyway to be on House Hunters without sounding spoiled and entitled.
“I don’t know about this perfect little bungalow, I really really really need stainless steel appliances….”
Sure you do, honey, sure you do.
Joe in particular has become Brian’s “helper” for almost all projects. Check out this short little video of him “teaching” us how to fill screw holes with dry wall mud.
“Voilá! No screw!”
He’s only five! He’s a genius! He’s wearing a Calgary Flames green hardhat left over from the 2003 Stanley Cup run!
We don’t have a huge budget or a tight timeline, we get industry discounts because this is Brian’s line of work (or cast-offs from my parents as they do their own renovations – I’m not above taking their old light fixtures and putting them into my bathrooms), Brian does all the labour himself from finish carpentry to electrical and plumbing. He’s a big believer in knowing how to do things for your own self and then teaching those skills to the tinies. (I prefer to pay professionals.)
I say “we” in all the above paragraphs, but I had absolutely nothing to do with these renovations beyond nodding my head in agreement to whatever Brian dreamed up and then saying “it’s lovely, darling!” when he’s finished.
Many, many years ago, I was banned from helping with home projects because, while he is a Perfectionist, I am a ‘Good-Enough-ist’ and those two temperaments should NOT attempt home renovation projects together.
I drive him crazy because I tend to do things quickly and sloppily and then say “ah, good enough” before cleaning the paint brushes inadequately. Then he has a vein pop out on his forehead: “this is NOT HOW YOU CLEAN BRUSHES, WOMAN.” Also, he’s a professional, and apparently professionals prefer to just do their job in peace while listening to old U2 albums for the thousandth time.
So I go back to pinning ideas for him on Pinterest and stay out of the way. My hobbies are of the more sedentary pursuits: reading, writing, knitting, Doctor Who….
And every once in a while, I do things like paint things on our stairs for fun.
Some people like to play video games or listen to music or watch television or run marathons.
Brian likes to tear out ceilings, rewire basements, and renovate bathrooms for funsies.
Are you the DIY-er in the house? Or is it your significant other? Do you like to watch HGTV? Any reno projects or veterans here?