Occasionally I read a home improvement related blog and want to share the site with my readers. So I’ve decided to start publishing a few guest blog posts. Most of these posts will likely be written as an introduction to the blog. If these are successful then I’ll make them a regular part of the site. So here is a short post from “Ben” over at DC Rowhouse. I hope you enjoy and decide to visit her site often.
When we bought the rowhouse in December of 2007, I was bursting with energy and excitement. I couldn’t wait to make it my own, and according to me that meant smashing things and changing it all around.
The first thing we decided to do was rip up the carpet upstairs and put in wood floors. For some reason, I decided it would be a good idea to do it at the same time as I had people painting the house. Of course, it was a zoo. Oh, and my parents were visiting…and it was my birthday weekend. Yeah. Not good. It was a comedy of errors — though it was not so funny at the time.
It was a sign of what was to come and I quickly learned this whole renovating thing wasn’t exactly how it seems on HGTV. The do-it-yourselfer in me was always taking on too much of the project than I could reasonably handle with a full-time job and living in the property.
From tearing up the carpet, smashing walls and removing doors, to crushing the 100 feet of brick planters in the backyard I learned that the physical labor was sometimes over my head (and that of my husband) but the pay-off was rewarding. That feeling lasts just until you start your new project and think, “why am I doing this again?”. Then the glorious end product. It’s a roller-coaster. A longer and more expensive and scarier roller-coaster than you expected – but the rush is what it’s all about.
I should mention, if you are prone to injury (as I am) you will end up with some battle scars. To date, I’ve been electrocuted, had drywall in my eye, thorns in my back, cut by a rusty basket we unearthed, pooped on by a bird, splinters underneath my fingernails, bruises so deep they last for months, and a knowledge of first aid one can be proud off. But, hey, you can never have too many bandages and anti-inflammatories in the house.
We’re about halfway done, and I can’t wait to see the finished product.
You can visit DC Rowhouse and read all about their fun home improvement project and renovations.