Has anyone here lived through a home renovation?
I did when I was a kid, and for me it was a wonderful, adventurous experience of climbing stuff adults yelled at you to get down from, of home-delivered Chinese meals eaten off plastic plates, of swapping buckets and saucepans out from beneath the leaking tarps... and of finally getting my own bedroom.
Now my husband and I are embarking on that same adventure with our own kids, and I must admit, the romanticism of it seems to be ... missing. Not only are we doing a massive renovation (extending up), but we're going to be living in the house during the process. We'd call it the jumbo family slumber party, but that just sounds wrong.
Our architect tells us marriage counselling isn't part of the package.
The grand plan is to move our family of five into two rooms, and live in our own little heaven while chaos and destruction abound around us.
Now, I like to think I'm a 'logical' kind of person, and like to work out the whys and wherefores, and plan stuff. I like to plot my novels. I like to write out a dinner party menu. I like to make shopping lists, etc. ... so of course, I've written out our 'to-do list'. This includes de-cluttering,getting rid of the things we haven't seen/used/realised we still have for the past decade and packing everything left so that we can store it when the roof is peeled off.
Oh, and I'm a writer, so I work from home. :D
We've made a start with the packing, though...
I've found that the local bottle-o (liquor store) has boxes ideal for packing dense items like books - you can still carry them once you've packed to the brim.
And work has started. Unfortunately, not everyone in our family follows the 'avoid the work zone' instruction...
And it's amazing the new words you pick up from the crew when a cat prances across wet cement...
So I'm curious - has anyone else lived through an extensive renovation that's involved total upheaval of the home and family routine?
How did you cope? Do you have any tips or tricks for maintaining one's sanity in the whole process? I would LOVE to hear from you!