Living up to the “DIY” name

These past few weeks have been incredibly busy and are just now calming down. I’ve mentioned before that I tend to be a big do-it-yourselfer, and this past month has been packed morning, noon, and night with wrapping up several projects around the house. Some of the projects we have done (DIY or hired out) around the house this past year include:

  • Renovating two bathrooms (including new tile, sinks, faucets, and toilets)
  • Replacing our roof
  • Getting new carpet and fixing squeaky sub-floors
  • Installing trim throughout the house
  • Installing new insulation
  • Sanding and re-staining hardwood floors and replacing carpet with hardwood floors in one room
  • Painting nearly the entire house interior
  • Removing wallpaper in two bathrooms (this was such a pain, but was soooo necessary. My bathroom glowed red into the bedroom when the bathroom lights were on)
  • Seemingly never-ending yard work on our near two acre lot, including taking down trees, pruning, mowing, and lots of pressure washing

I enjoy projects and can’t remember very many times since I became a homeowner that I haven’t had some type of project going on. Since we rarely hire work out, doing projects sometimes takes a while, so we’ve all become accustomed to living in a construction zone, but the projects are usually contained to just one or two rooms of the house at a time. This time, however, we found ourselves simultaneously involved in some type of project in most rooms of the house, and gave ourselves a deadline to finish everything that we just barely met. In some ways it feels nice to not have any projects currently going on, but of course, I look around the house and see things I’d like to do. Thankfully my wife seems to have the same strain of remodeling addiction (if not worse), but for now we’ve made a joint decision that we’re done with major home projects for a while. I’ll post more later on the line of thinking that caused us to make this decision but suffice it to say, it’s all related to the theme of this blog.

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