Thursday, April 26, 2007

It Begins

This week, we started a formidable house renovation project. We have been talking about this project for at least ten years, and it seems that it will finally become a reality. Well, it sure feels mighty real today, as the front stairs are gone and there is a big gaping hole under the front half of the house, and mounds of excavated dirt in the driveway. The swanky plywood slab now nailed over the front door makes the house look suspiciously like an abandoned building. As we sneak up the driveway to the back door, our family is beginning to feel like we’re illegally squatting in our own house. We should all carry signs saying “Yes, We Actually Live Here!” when entering or leaving the debris field that is now our property.

The much dreamed about end result of all this will be a family room and separate bedrooms for our two teenage boys and a home office for yours truly (Yes, the longed for Room of My Own). I will be posting occasionally (!) about this process, which is likely to take the better part of year (please tell me that’s not too optimistic….) And yes, we are indeed living here during the entire renovation. For the foreseeable future, we are inhabitants of the land of smashed pink stucco and mountains of brown sand. Stay tuned.