This Old House
As many of you know, Laura and I are renovating our house for the arrival of our son (and for some sweat equity). We added a master bedroom, walk-in closet with attached laundry room, master bathroom and converted our current bedroom into the nursery. The project started in January and is just now coming to an end. The progress went like this:
- Prep work (January –March) – I moved/installed plumbing and electrical lines to facilitate our new rooms.
- Framing (June) – We framed the new additions and ran the necessary utilities through the walls.
- Drywall (July - August) – We began the arduous task of dry walling, mudding and taping.
- Finish Work (August – Current) – Ahhh… the fruits of our labors… having sanded and painted the walls, we've begun the finishing phase. I installed the baseboards, bathroom appliances, the shelves in the closet and we're waiting on the carpet. Within a week or so, the rooms will be fit for habitation and we can move out of the nursery into our bedroom.
Several random statments:
Statement 1 - I have to say, we're cutting it really close. Laura is 36 weeks, which means she'll be full term in a few days. This little bugger could come at any moment. I don't want to suffer the wrath of Laura if our son doesn't have a nursery to come home to.
Statement 2 - I had forgotten how much I enjoy working with my hands. My soft, I work with a computer hands have been replaced by the tough, calloused hands of my past. I think I missed my calling in life, I should have been a contractor, but I think I like money too much to live that lifestyle.
Statement 3 - Laura and I have really benefited from the project. Laura never new she could build entire rooms and I never realized how tough my wife is... I wouldn't want to mud and tape a ceiling at 7 months pregnant. No matter how many times I tell her to take it easy, every time I come home from work I find her doing some ridiculously difficult task. AJ may not only have his own nursery, but he may be born in it too.