Renovations. A dream for some, a nightmare for others. A concept that inspires magazine consumers and reality TV watchers everywhere.
Although the end result can be inspiring, often the journey to the destination can be treacherous, tedious and even torturous.
Take for example when we first started renovations at Crabtree Heights. It was the middle of winter, and for those unaccustomed to weather in the Huon Valley, it gets bloody freezing to say the least. No walls, no insulation, just the fashionable blue wrap around foil that only just protects inside-dwellers from the elements. I was in my first year of my Masters via distance, listening to a lecture in my study at home. Amongst the banging, the three builders yelled out that the power had to be turned out for the day, therefore no electric heater or wifi. By this stage, lets say 3 months in, nothing bothered me anymore. Donned in a beanie, explorers, ugg boots as well as several coats and blankets, I popped my hotspot on and got on with my day.
When I was 13, my parents decided to renovate our family home. We doubled the size of the house and installed an inside pool and a bunch of new living spaces. It was a big job and took approximately 9 months to complete. One evening in the middle of winter, we returned home to a whole external wall that covered the length of the kitchen, dining and lounge area completely removed and open to the elements. Did I mention it was the middle of winter? My parents had to create a makeshift wall with a tarpaulin to somewhat protect us from the rain occurring outside. I remember sitting on the little camp stretcher with a doona over me to keep me warm. Thinking about it now, why didn’t I learn not to do renovations in winter?!
Now it’s the bathroom. With only one bathroom in the house, we’ve been living with my parents for several weeks. Luckily the shower and toilet are now fitted, so although it is not yet complete we have been able to move back in. And although we’re brushing our teeth at the kitchen sink, we’ve not yet had the experience of freezing ourselves. Perhaps I have learnt something from past experiences…
I am so looking forward to seeing the end result of these renos. And I’m grateful that the journey I have taken this time hasn’t left me out in the cold.