Thursday, August 19, 2010

Renovation Rant

Great ready for some complaining.....

One of the advantages of being in NY for the summer was that we would not have to live through the renovation our landlords planned to do in the kitchen, dining room, and half bath. The renovation began the day after I left and was supposed to be finished the last week of July. Wishful thinking, right? Of course, it took longer than expected and we are currently living in a construction zone. When I showed up at the house two weeks ago to drop off some stuff, I started crying right in front of the workers. Construction dust covered every surface and I knew there was no way the work would be completed in a little over a week.

When we showed up this past Sunday the house was clean-ish (as in most of the dust had been removed), but there were no appliances and there was still a laundry list of things that needed to be completed (painting, installing the bathroom, granite, lighting, etc.). We headed out to the store, bought ice, water, beer, Easy Mac, and microwavable soup and set up a cooler in the living room. We have basically been squatting in our house for the last 4 days. Luckily it is restaurant week in DC, so we aren't too sad that we have to eat out every night. Still though, it is annoying to not be able to cook ANYTHING.

The other issue is that we moved all of our stuff from those three rooms into our second bedroom. And because we had nowhere else to put the stuff from NY, our bedroom is also a cluttered mess. The downstairs is a construction zone and the upstairs is a war zone. UGH.

I know I shouldn't complain too much because we haven't payed rent all summer thanks to the renovation and I know it will be beautiful once it is FINALLY completed, but for now I am stressed and upset and just want it to be finished!! Today the granite is going in and the sink should be put in tomorrow. After that they just need to do cabinet hardware and outlet covers. Fingers are crossed that tomorrow will be the last full day of construction.

Thanks for listening. I feel better :)


  1. Hopefully the end result will be worth the hastle! (Hassle? Having a brain block!)

  2. I hate when my house is a mess (major renovation or no)...I completely know how you feel. At least you'll have a nice new kitchen when all is said and done! And it's definitely looking good in the bottom picture. Not much longer now :)

  3. But when it's over... your house will be so beautiful!

  4. You have every right to be frustrated and complain! I know it will be beautiful when it's done, but they took more time than estimated and it's your home. I'm so happy for you - it will look beautiful when it's done and you deserve it.

  5. oh i dont blame you - thats frustrating!

  6. That stinks. But, it will be over soon and will be so worth it!

  7. It's great you didn't have to pay rent, but the mess and dirt and dust are still aggravating! But it will be cool when it's finished, that is the good part. :)

    Sending you a smile,