Friday, October 19, 2007

week 6

well, this is supposed to be the post that i show all the finished work. 6 weeks was my goal anyway. it sort of reminds me of the show "flip that house" where the people go in really naively and in the beginning they're asked how they expect it will go and they're like....

budget: $1,000
timeframe: 1week
est profit: $1 million

during the show, TLC will make you think they're about to file bankruptcy because of all the added problems they found that they weren't expecting. it'll show them crying or throwing a temper tantrum. their family dynamic crumbling. then in the last minute of the show they go back and ask them what it really took and they look all tired and realistic and kind of laugh as they give the update which is like...

over budget: $50,000
actual amount of time took: 4 months
actual profit: $40,000

and they're always kind of disappointed but totally relieved... and we're like shut up you just made 40,000 dollars!!

well, this is not really an analogy but more of an aside. we're NOT flipping this house nor are we way over budget thankfully. but we have experienced the great stress of renovating a house on a timeline with limited financial resources. so here i am near the end of the episode saying that this is when i wanted to finish but we're still at least a couple weeks away.

the real news this last week was that 1. we rented the helena house, which was what this whole thing hinged on, and 2. i sold my jeep. talk about sentimental.

the house in helena was every bit of a remodel that this new house is, just on a smaller scale. it is where we learned to do most everything. we love this house and really weren't planning on moving until about a month and a half ago. we've pretty much fixed this house like we want it and it fits us so well. but, with a baby coming and a crazy dog that was supposed to settle down after year 3, it would soon become a little cramped. we are thankful for God's provision.

i've had the jeep since my sophomore year of college. it made me cool on many occasions. in fact, it played a large role in landing a girlfriend who eventually became my wife. it was hard to watch it just sit in the garage the last 3 years but lets face it a jeep is a completely impractical car. it was actually a lot harder watching someone else drive it away... to mississippi at that. anyway as a friend expressed to me so gently the other day, i need to grow up. here are some updated pics.

our new office

the long awaited bathroom remodel

plumbing and pantry


Anonymous said...

the house is looking awesome! good work! we can't wait to see it...

i'm sentimental just thinking about that jeep...i remember that jeep from the first time you drove it into the townhouse lot, and at some point i even got to drive it out near erin's parents' house. good times. it will be missed.

but it's helping pave the way for a bunch more good times to come. i can't wait!


Anonymous said...

I love BOTH of your houses and look forward to making good memories in the new one. I'm so glad you are holding on to the Helena house for a while--I don't think I could take your getting rid of it AND the jeep right now. I'm proud of you for "trading in your mustang for a minivan." You're WAY cool, with or without a jeep, but I'm glad you had it long enough to get the girl. :)

Anonymous said...

can't wait to see the new tile! i hear your bathroom is looking beautiful!

how do the cabinets look? GLUED to the screen here...just waiting for another updatw!