My husband is starting on creating a finished basement. When your husband is doing projects around the house, there is a fine line between being supportive and appreciative of the great work, and pushing him to complete the project.
I’ll start by saying I know I am fortunate that he is handy, does terrific work, and completes the projects he starts.
Then I’ll mention that everything takes at least twice as long as he estimates and there are a lot more rooms that look like they are under construction than the area being worked on.
So I go back and forth between being appreciative and thankful for the progress and being irritated at the length of time things take. If I was paying someone to come in and do this work, it may not be done quicker and I know it would not be done better, but I could complain about the worker openly and even get my husband in on pushing him to do his work. Actually, that is probably not true either. My husband would feel for the worker and may try to convince me why it was taking so long.
So…I am appreciating the work that is being done and trying to ignore the fact that I have a cabinet and sink sitting in my foyer, and drywall leaning against the wall in the hallway. The shower is now tiled and tomorrow I will do the grout on it while my husband tapes, plasters, and sands some walls. (remember, I do all the grouting….the part no one mentions)
I’ll try to ignore the deadline agreed to and circled on my fridge calendar that says the whole bathroom (first room of the basement reno) will be done on March 31.
May peace reign in my home as we move through this project.