Truths about living through a remodel
When I announced my plan to live in a garage while gut remodeling a house, why didn't anyone stop me? Aren't friends supposed to hold interventions?
Don't worry, I'm joking. The process of taking a house apart is incredibly satisfying. With that being said, there are challenges and frustrations associated with living through a remodel. Here are a few that I didn't expect:
- Dust gets everywhere. In our cabinets, in our fridge, in our shoes. Given the age of the house, there is likely lead in the dust. We either wash dishes before using them or use disposable plates and cups.
- Lots of takeout. The plumber comes when he feels like it, meaning our water has repeatedly been shut off for a few days at a time for no particular reason. We discovered that our kitchen doesn't have any three-prong outlets, so our kitchen appliances don't work.
- Everyone is flaky. Contractors and inspectors don't show up when expected, and sometimes show up when unexpected.
- No one cares about our landscaping. Contractors park equipment, dump trash, and stomp wherever they please. We've been told this is normal, and you should put temporary fences up around favorite plants.
- Lead times are unpredictable, which makes project planning difficult. For example, we will have bathroom faucets and drains somewhere between one to eight weeks from now.
I know you're "supposed" to share beautiful, inspirational photos of your house. Instead, here are some honest photos of living in a construction project.
Life is good, despite the chaos. We order Mexican takeout, walk around our new neighborhood, and enjoy wonderful California weather in our backyard.