Essentially, adding a playroom, another master suite, closing up our upstairs loft to make that into a bedroom and moving our laundry room upstairs. We should have approximately 1000 more square feet added to our current home when the construction is complete.
Yeah, I know...we're totally insane to take on a huge project like this while we have young children. But THEY are the main reason we need to do this remodel.
We searched the real estate market high and low for two whole years and nothing ever seemed to pan out, although we did come super close a couple times.
Some of you may recall the Flood of 2010 when we woke up the morning after Thanksgiving to find our entire family room and kitchen flooded when a pipe in our downstairs bathroom broke. Our new wood floors were completely ruined and had to be replaced.
Thankfully, our insurance company took care of it and we decided to go with an upgrade and have dark wood floors put in.
Everything was going wonderfully....friends and family who came over gushed about our beautiful new floors.
And, finally, I wasn't embarrassed to host play dates where I had to say, "Oh, you didn't know? Cement floors decorated with personalized drawings of the family pet in permanent marker are all the rave now!"
And then....it happened. Another flood. Another beautiful floor ruined.
The construction guys who had taken out our fireplace had failed to seal the barrier up properly. It rained one night and we woke up to water squishing out between our floor boards.
We only lost the family room floors though, as it appears the floors in the eating area, the kitchen and the living room were unaffected.
Hopefully, they'll be able to replace what was lost without having to re-do the entire downstairs if we can match the pieces perfectly.
|What my living room looks like now with most of the family room furniture in it|
The other night, Tim remarked, "Do you realize in the last 2 years we've had cement floors more often than we've had wood floors?"
I said, because we're getting ready for Garrett and Landon's 5th birthday party, "Do you realize in the last 3 years every time we're about to host a birthday party or a holiday gathering here, our home is in complete disarray due to remodeling projects or some random, freak accident?"
We both began to laugh hysterically....to prevent ourselves from sobbing, I suppose.
I mean, really. What can we do, except laugh?
I keep telling myself it'll all be worth it, in the end. And people who have endured remodeling projects in their homes have assured me that will indeed be the case.
Unless, of course, Mother Nature decides to stir up another natural disaster the moment our renovation is complete....like a tornado which we very rarely get here in Northern CA.
Because that would be my luck.
But let's just all hope that my luck has changed for the better.