After fixing a lot of the bones of the house, I’ve been so ready to do something that I can actually see every day and that changes the look of the place. And if you remember the look of the floors when we moved in, it was obvious that redoing the floors was an absolute must.
No one ever said buying and modernizing an 85 year old home would be uneventful or easy.
Being a pretty big HGTV junky, I always knew, but never wanted to admit, how fake shows like “Love it or List it” are.
The other day, I really felt like I was on an episode, maybe not for the best. We had a furnace tune-up scheduled, just to make sure things were in good order before the cold set in and before we were living at the house full time. And that’s when the HGTV drama hit. A call of “you have dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in your home” really has a way of setting the tone for the rest of your day.
As you can see, this old beast needed some help.
After the last two days of non-stop rain, and no end in sight, I can really say I’m feeling at ease about our recent purchase: a new roof.
When budgeting for what projects we’d be focusing on in the first few months, it really, really hurt to find out that our roof was on its last leg. Not that a roof isn’t important, but what’s sexy about a flat roof that you’ll never see? Yeah, you get my point.
Bathrooms, light fixtures, floors, kitchens, heck, even just paint, are things that stand out and make a visible difference. They remind you every day of the progress you’ve made. Not so much with a roof.
But after much deliberation, we bit the bullet and just did it. We may have to give up some pipe dreams for the time being, but at least we’ll be dry at night and not risk potential leaks down the road.
Maybe we’ll have to make it a point to get up on that roof once in a while just to appreciate it.
I can’t say enough good about our roofer, at least, who got his crew to work overtime to get the roof done before the week of rain came. On top of that, he photo documented everything for us. He made the process much less painless than it could have been.
But the good news: the alligator-skinned roof, is no more!
There have been more than a few hurdles.
And I’ve earned more than a couple of gray hairs.
But, after months of stress, discontent and second guessing, we have finally received the keys to our new house.
It’s surely going to be lots of ups and downs, but hopefully with a great ending. So stay tuned and follow along. And maybe help clean up some of the dust, too.