We did a crazy thing today.
We dragged three small children around building supply and bathroom outlets…. in the rain.
Yes, we are completely insane.
So insane in fact, that we are planning to renovate our house, ourselves. We’ve done it before, the renovation thing, but this time it is on a much bigger scale and this time we have three children… back then we only had two and they were still on the inside.
This time we are adding on, almost doubling the size of our little house and going from two bedrooms to four, and a study. Two bathrooms… yes, two, bathrooms! I can’t decide what is more exciting – the thought of a second toilet (why do kids always all need to pee at the same time?), the idea of not sharing my bedroom with the Small Boy (potentially not even with the Baldy Boy!) or the fact that we’ve designed this house to be child friendly, to have spaces that we can all share, and that are supervisable (is that a word? if it isn’t it should be). The potential for this, this or this never happening again give me tingles of delight!
I know it’s not all going to be unicorns and roses. I do try to live in a world of make believe most of the time, but the fact that we are already five months behind where we’d would have liked to be on this project kind of slaps me in the face with reality. It’s going to be a long, drawn out and difficult process… and if I am still married with three live children at the end of it, that in itself will be cause for celebration.
So we are jumping in, sledge hammers and all and desperately trying to get the last of the planning stages done so we can begin the demolition of the back of our house. Today’s mission was to make decisions about windows and bathroom fittings so that the final plans can be drawn up and submitted for the building permits…. then we can get out the sledge hammers.
Thankfully, while I have kind of odd ideas about how I want my house to be, I don’t have expensive taste. I found a toilet I love at Bunnings and when the Baldy Boy saw the price he promptly added two of them to the list. I am not into those stupid bowl on the table bathroom basins and picked out two very sedate semi-recessed white basins. I love a bath so we are looking to see how big a bath we can afford, but I am not into spa jets and while the modern free-standing baths are lovely I can’t justify spending $1500 on a bath when a $500 one will do just fine.
I still haven’t decided how to configure the kid’s bathroom though…. we actually have a lot of space to play with, which sort of makes it even harder!
I confess that I have drooled over the window catalogue a little though. Trislide doors are rather cool, though not quite right for our needs. But oooooh the lovely double hung sash windows… and french doors, I get to choose a set of french doors for our bedroom!
So with thanks to our lovely in car DVD player, and a short stop at the Empire of the Evil Clown for ‘toy meals’ we managed to tick everything off our list today. We have only just begun on the decision making road… I have a long and dangerous path ahead of me I know. Some days I look forward to it all with excitement… other days I just wish the renovations would magically appear all done and decided… ah… if only.