The plans are approved, and it all seems like fun and games until the construction actually begins. Then it seems real. For the first time, I have a sinking feeling of what have we done!?!
The space is marked out for the new addition and the garage. The excavation begins and there are huge piles of dirt every where. The space looks too tiny. I’m sure we’ve made a mistake; it looks like there is no way the living room furniture is going to fit into this addition. John tells me rooms always look small at this stage, but when the walls are up, it will look fine.
Instead of putting walls up, floors are coming down. The entire first floor is gone. It gives new meaning to an “open floor plan.” It’s fascinating to see inside the walls, examine the old construction and envision the finished product.
And now it’s time to start making decisions. I thought the tough decision was deciding whether to buy this place or not. Apparently that was the easy decision. Deciding on kitchen appliances, siding colors and whether to open the fireplace or not — are much bigger decisions. And every decision comes with a price tag.