Is your house done yet? For anyone who has ever renovated or built a house, it’s the question heard most often. And the only answer any true DIYer will give in response … say it with me: Houses are never done!
No, The Money Pit isn’t done, but I am THRILLED to report that there are no more unpainted surfaces, no more yet-to-be-tiled surfaces, no more flaking paint (excluding the flaking windows, which are hidden behind strategically placed curtains or blinds, and therefore have ceased to exist), and nothing waiting to be caulked. Can I get a halleluiah??? Give it to me Handel style! Everybody sing: For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth …
It really is a moment worthy of the “Halleluiah Chorus”. The appraisal is done — the value was disappointing but not prohibitive — and the refinancing is almost complete, which officially frees us from the shackles of the weekend warrior rosters. [Insert images of us dropping our hammers and paintbrushes, dirt and grime falling away, our disheveled and paint-stained wardrobe transformed into freshly laundered weekend attire and half-crazed smiles of disbelief replacing our once furrowed brows.]
We look forward to weekend bike rides, bonfires and camping in the country, weekend getaways and anything else one can do when not laboring on a house in need. We even look forward to working on the house.
Yes, you read that right.
But now, rather than rehabilitate flaking trim and other equally mind-numbing tasks, we can work on projects that improve our enjoyment of the house, like screening the side porch or building a pergola for the hot tub and planters for the “veranda” (currently cleverly disguised as a patio/driveway).
The Money Pit has moved up a rung from almost done to mostly done. One day we may proclaim it pretty much done, but that will take a while, and he may sell it before then.
To all of you out there still stuck in weekend warrior mode, we will light a candle for you in the hopes that you can join us soon in the land of mostly done. I like it here!
Date: September 29, 2013