Friday, January 28, 2011

How to Remodel a House - Without Getting a Divorce - Preface

We set out a few (6) years ago to remodel a house.  It didn't progress too fast.  We are still in the "getting started" phase.

Our house is an old, two-room schoolhouse that was sold and converted into a private home in the 1940's - and hasn't been touched again, until now.  It has a lot of charm, a tiny bit of modern conveniences - like electricity and plumbing - and it needs a lot of love.  When we started, each room was filled with "stuff" - books, clothes, magazines, dishes, you name it.  Each room also has one electrical outlet. Yes, one.  We have replaced the electric service and cleaned out/cleaned up the house.  

Anyway, things seem to be (finally) moving forward - we now have a septic system!- and work is commencing.  I hope.  I have five years of decorating magazines, accumulated treasures, and plans so I'm ready.  My dear husband, who has heard all of the ideas, but has no interest in the magazines, (and must never know where I have all my treasures stashed!!) now suddenly has ideas of his own. Granted, some of them are based in ideas I've shared, but some are just so outrageous they must be his alone.  

We are both artist at heart, but we don't like the same styles.  We will have disagreements on what to do, how to do it, what to keep, and what to change.  But in the end we both want the same turn this old, empty house, into our beautiful home.  Stay tuned.