Thursday, December 22, 2016

Changed my header

That's little Darla, my tiny needle felt I made way back in... uhm.....just had to go to the photo for info.... can't believe it was in 2009.  Good grief!  Time flies. flew past me on the latest renovation as well.... we began it at the end of March and lo and is now ... December.  Great.  Remember when Sumbunny said it was only going to take "about a month"?  I knew better and said at least 3 ... but, little did I know it would escalate into 8 months plus..... sheeeesh......

My life has definitely not been my own and it was a lot of mess ... and re-creating, and then... well, you get the drift... last Friday the guy came to switch around the glass panes in the office doors and we declared us officially finished!!!  I do have the tree up and am ready for the 'sparkly' season.
Wooohooooooo !!!

Still have to put up my little tree downstairs on the new carpeting and can't wait to see that.... it's totally different now with new carpeting and newly painted and the main wall of speakers etc re-done.  That wall was the main thing we were planning to do when we began things...but, you know how it goes... every project just seems to grow.  Takes on a mind of its own.

I have to say though, that this final renovation has gone the easiest and the best of all we have done in the past 30+ years as far as the professional trades went.   We did lots of it ourselves ... and, then... had professionals finish off baseboards, casings, painting, carpeting, etc.  This time... it was great....I called or emailed them... we set a date for them to show up...they did, I paid them... they went away and we were happy with all the work they did.  Can't say enough good things about all the guys we hired.

All of our worries about each and every stage were totally unfounded... but, in fairness to us... we have gone through some pretty trying times over the years with various trades.... somehow this time we got all the right guys.  What a treat.

At the beginning it was just us, and much as we've done renos for years...... by the time we got it demolished... I think we were saying, "what have we done"??
When a room looks like this.... it is a daunting task to make it right again.

End of March...

By April 19 we had the wall re-built and speaker boxes in place... not too bad for a couple of amateurs.  We did feel proud of our accomplishment at this point even though the end was a very  long way off and seemed even further some days.....

Now, it looks like this.

We re-built that wall around the doorway and also did the ceilings in both rooms and had new carpeting installed.

Here is what it looked like before.... this was the renovation we did ourselves in 2004.  I know that because we take lots of photos of all of our "work".. plus, there were some nasty comments on a 2 x 4 under the wall that I wrote about my "boss" that time around.  No more components collecting dust now.. all hidden away behind the wall in a small "server" room we also built.

After 30+ years of renovating this house... we quit.  Yep... that's right.  Nobody is doing renos again in this place.  They can't.  We've done every single thing that can be done.  It can't get 'old' for many years now.

Somewhere in between things I still managed a bit of golf, practiced at the driving range and on this day..wandered into the park area with my camera... so I give you this pretty one too...


Shashi Nayagam said...

I am sure all of it was worth it. Hope all the nitty gritty things are all over with and now you can put your feet up and relax. Have a wonderful Christmas

Sue (this n that) said...

Hello there Vee, lovely to see your post. You've certainly been very busy, great results - well done.
Had a chuckle at the little at those 2004 comments of yours that you came across... helps to vent at times eh!!
Sweet little Darla looks gorgeous as your header, full of Christmas cheer.
Have a great one Vee - full of happiness and well deserved relaxation :D)

BeadedTail said...

Wow! It looks fabulous! You made a big change and I'm impressed with doing a lot of the work yourselves! We've always hired people to do our renovations because it's cheaper than a divorce attorney. Seriously. My hubby and I get along so well except when we're trying to do a big house project. We both want to do the same thing but our minds think of ways to do them in conflicting ways and it just doesn't work. At least we're smart enough to realize it to avoid unnecessary bickering! :)

Hope you enjoy a Merry Christmas in your newly finished house! Wishing you all the best in the New Year too!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Now you can enjoy the Christmas festivities in your brand new must be so happy about that! Congratulations on a job well done.

Karen said...

thanks for the sprout recipe!! lol....wishing you and your the happiest of Christmasses XXXX

Twiglet said...

Good to know you are all finished. You might even manage a bit more crafty activity! Have a wonderful Christmas. xx Jo