PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE…WHEN MOVING AND RENOVATING AN OLD HOUSE

Butterfly at the house in the summer.

Butterfly at the house in the summer.

This pretty Monarch was hanging out on the goldenrods at the back of the house in the summer when I went to get some interior photos. I can’t wait for spring and summer again. I love the warmth of the sun, the flowers, the chirping birds, the beach…I could go on. Right now I’m looking out the window and it is snowing and -10. I know summer will be here before we know it. Anyway, I thought this photo would be okay for my post on patience. I consider myself quite a patient person and I went into this whole house moving and renovating project with a good attitude knowing it would be a bit of an adventure. It has been a bit more challenging than I anticipated though and we haven’t even moved the house yet. We seem to run into obstacles often which I suppose isn’t overly surprising since it’s not everyday you move a house. Finding a property to put the house on was our first challenge. We did find a piece of property that we purchased which ended up being more complicated than we thought. I won’t bore you with the issues we are dealing with regarding the property, but those issues are ongoing. Another test of patience is the kitchen which originally was going to be a simple ceiling fix and saving lots of money by just painting the existing cabinets. However, when part of the ceiling caved in due to roof leaks it became necessary to completely renovate the kitchen which I’m looking at as a blessing in disguise. Also, I think we may have underestimated the amount of work that had to be done to prepare the house for moving including taking off the bricks and basically gutting the basement in order to disconnect all of the wiring, etc. The weather is something that we have no control over, but it has a lot to do with when we can move. Unfortunately the freezing temperatures make it very unlikely we’ll be digging the foundation before moving but we still have to move the house while the ground is frozen. So it will likely hang out on blocks until we are able to dig the foundation and pour the basement in the spring. So maybe it’s just the January blahs but this week has been a tough week in the house moving department. I am just looking forward to putting the house back together and decorating (I can’t wait). That is why I have to keep telling myself to be patient…patience is a virtue. On the plus side, a lot has been done thanks to my husband, brother-in-law and other help…including my brother-in-law’s dog who happily hangs out and acts as foreman.

Canine helper Grey.

Canine helper Grey.

Things are coming along nicely in the kitchen and dining room. The cabinets are all off and it is down to just the drywall and plaster. That will be the next job and then opening up the wall into the living room. It looks pretty rough in here but that just means the future ‘after’ photos will be all the more dramatic.

Kitchen 'before'.

Kitchen ‘before’.

 

The old kitchen cabinets are gone.

The old kitchen cabinets are gone.

 

After kitchen cabinets are taken down.

After kitchen cabinets are taken down.

And the basement work is complete. A lot had to be done in the basement in order to prepare to move the house.

Basement work is done.

Basement work is done.

 

Basement work is done.

Basement work is done.

 

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