Summer is upon us, and what should be a more carefree, relaxed few months of the year, has taken a different turn in my little world. No trips yet to the lake for me. No m’am/sir! More likely, my summer day includes a trip to Menard’s and Home Depot. What about gardening and planting flowers? Fuh-gid-a-bad-it! Anything within 100 feet of the house is in the work zone, and sure to get trampled. Ah, the joys of remodeling!
Okay, I am being a bit dramatic… It’s not like this house project has been forced on me. I chose to take it on, and happily so! (Why didn’t somebody stop me???) Anyway, it has been quite the challenge with many ups and, to be fair, many downs. I wonder if there is such a thing as “renovation therapy” to get people through the tougher legs of the house-improvement-journey? I swear I have developed multiple personalities since this all began…I’m only kind of kidding!
What’s the back-story for this woe-is-me attitude? It has been a slow week on the ‘ole pra-jay. I have been crazy frustrated, as the weather has been cooperating, but not the workmen! There have been various excuses made for the guys to not be on my job, like incorrect weather forecasts, and my not being cool with the carpenter’s 7-year old kid coming to “work” with his dad all day….But I know these guys have other jobs going, and you know what that means. My project was being stalled.
Of course, I complained. A lot. Called, texted, emailed. Lots of negativity (by me). I put my foot down! No more Mrs. Nice Gal! You might even say I was being just ever-so-slightly bitchy (no doubt)….
So this is the craziest part: James, the builder/remodeler/owner, had a way of talking me through the frustration and helping me understand the situations. His response to each complaint seemed genuine, and he always pledged to try to resolve the problems. One point that has been made is that our project is different than most. It’s residential, but has a lot of commercial-type details like the flat roof. Mod houses like ours come with unique challenges, and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of dudes around who are super comfortable with this type of residential design. Many of the subs primarily work on commercial projects, so there’s a few things that get “lost in translation”, in dealing with me and my house. Anyway, James most definitely has talent when it comes to calming down a client in a tizzy (Now, if he could just promise his guys will come to work each day…)!
So, here’s where we are at:
Today I am feeling positive, even optimistic, that the project is en route to completion. I won’t get my hopes up too high, as I know there’s lots left to do, and surely a few roadblocks to come. But, I will take this “up” mental state for now, and when the “down” surfaces, I know James (aka “The Remodeling-Client Whisperer”) is just a phone call away.
p.s. Dear Friends, I promise to get back inside for future posts! Sure, I will continue to share the progress on the exterior, but I know it’s a bit technical/boring, if it’s not your thing. Have been saving up some goodies like how my stairs turned out, and yesterday, I finally got my island counter top replaced! Sooo exciting! (I am really not that exclamatory in person, but it sure is fun here!)