If you want an accurate picture of the time it will take to install something, you need to use a different formula altogether: Calculate the worst-case-scenario amount of time you would be willing to spend on this project, then multiply by four.— Karen Linamen
Just Hire "A Guy" by Kayte Somer
Oh, the joys of remodeling a home. Have any of you been involved with this daunting task? Don't we all have dreams of a perfectly remodeled, redecorated home just like we see in the magazines. Everything color coordinated, clean, and in its place (strategically hidden out of site).
Well, if you are like us, you have to do a lot of the work yourself. Remodeling can get quite expensive. In the past 20 years we have added on two home additions, which included new bedrooms, bathrooms and a laundry room; and we also put in new flooring and carpet in old rooms. Add to this our outside projects of new pool steps, a deck and miscellaneous other projects, too. Whew!
The so-called last project on "the list" is the kitchen remodel which is 10 years (or more) in the making. When you live with a self- proclaimed tightwad, these home jobs can take awhile. Why you ask? Wellllll, because he wants to do all the work himself and save money But are you really saving? Just a thought. Anyway, I will have to admit it has been nice to live with someone who is a jack of-all-trades. "The other half" dabbles in car repair, plumbing, and electric. Oh yea, and construction. Which bring us to our DIY home remodeling project at hand.
an't we just hire "a guy" to do this and get it done NOW, I ask?.
What? And spend more money? No way! "the other half" snaps back. Sigh…………..
The kitchen, like I said, has been an on again-off again in the works project for some time. But now the cabinets have finally been ordered and should be here soon. But there is still drywall to hang, lights to hook up, flooring to lay, and anything else that goes with a room remodel. And if you have ever lived IN the house that is currently being gutted and remodeled, then you know the pitfalls that may occur. And of course no DIY project ever goes as planned. The 2-hour job is always a weekend job and the weekend job is always a week-long job!
So for now, my kitchen has new drywall on two walls and half of the ceiling. It has subflooring laid with a thin outdoor carpet on top. Wires are sticking out of holes in the wall. Old drywall still needs to be removed on a third wall. 1950's homemade pine cabinets need removed on a fourth wall. And there is a hole in the floor in front of the sink, covered up by an old rug.
Soon, our microwave will sit in the living room along with the pantry of food. The refrigerator will be in the man-cave until its new home is ready. Dishes and utensils and everything else will be boxed up. Will we have a kitchen sink at all? Time and money are always an issue when you remodel a house yourself. Quite possibly the new cabinets will sit in the garage for awhile until the indoor tasks are completed.
Oh, the joys of remodeling a home. Can't we just hire "a guy". Sigh……
Ahhhhhh, Wedded Bliss……Or So They Say