All of a sudden, we have walls!~ Woohoo! And What a difference it makes too! The new family room is going to be awesome.
It's the funniest thing about any big house project like this. There is a lot of waiting and then an amazing scurry of activity and then more waiting and then more hustlebustle and repeat. During the waiting times I kind of get used to whatever step we happen to be paused upon. After a few days it seems as if well, that's just the way it's going to be now. And I stop thinking about it. I'm sure it's just a protective instinct.
If I fretted about the project hurrying up and moving forward, it wouldn't change a thing. But I would have driven myself utterly mad by now. And we would still be waiting for, well, whatever we are waiting for at that moment. And it could be anything. We could be waiting for inspection, or product (especially now when construction materials are hard to come by), the weather or the availability of whichever tradespeople we need at that moment.
So this past Saturday while I taking a shower and almost sort of kind of waking up, I was surprised to hear Tim come in to tell me that "The guys are here". The guys? I cracked open the bathroom window, peeped out and saw, yup, there they were, the construction guys! On a Saturday! Wow! I am so impressed with our construction people.
In a matter of a few short hours we went from this:
To what you saw at the top of the page. Wow!
Before it kind of looked like a patio. Now it looks like a room. Well the beginnings of a room anyway. And it's so much bigger than the old family room. Space! The Final Frontier! It's going to be awesome. Well eventually. I don't want to anticipate a completion date because I don't want to be stressed about it. At some point in the near future, the project will be complete, we will be able to put the house back to rights. The guest room will once again be a guest room and not furniture storage, the living room will no longer be squished trying to hold the wrong furniture and we will, at long last, have our new big comfy family room for puzzles and games and TV watching and whatever else we damn well please.
We are told that the next step has to do with yet more concrete (inside the cement block I think?) and then the roof trusses. Yeah, a roof might be nice. There are so many steps and everything is dependent on the completion of a thousand other things. And it feels like it's taking forever sometimes, but it is moving forward. We have walls. Yay!
Now we just need some windows and a door maybe?
Also, we're thinking we probably ought to move that tree.......... Yeah, the one in the doorway. Clearly we didn't think that out thoroughly. The tree has got to go. But I'm not in a rush. There is plenty of time. While we wait for the next step.
But in the meantime, let's celebrate the walls! Yahoo!
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.