Okay, okay, the family is not really destroyed, but it was tense.
The new bathroom project is done.
The family is intact.
There were many days I wondered if I would be able to write either of those sentences. Today, I am happy to report both are true. Home renovations are VERY hard on a family and yet in our house, we keep doing them. Family members learn so much about each other when home renovations are in progress, and when the family members are doing the work even more so.
Giving my husband his due, he did 90% of the work. I did the tile grouting (5%) and the pushing (5% most of the project, and 75% during the last five days). Did I mention he put in a heated floor and the colours I picked were to remind me of a vacation resort in Mexico? Very sweet.
Any wife who is lucky enough to have a handy husband who does projects in the house can relate to these facts…
- Estimate for how long the project will last – x days
- Actual time the project will last – 4 times x
- # of days husband will say the work is ‘almost done’ before it actually is – 10
- # of things left to do once husband says he is done – 8
- # of times you have to thank husband for the work he’s doing – 5 times the number of days of the project (and yes, I do this every single day)
- # of times husband needs to visit Home Depot for something needed to move forward that day – minimum of once every day
- # of tasks required to complete a new bathroom in your basement – infinite
The reason we decided to build a bathroom in the basement was so the kids have a bathroom to use while we renovate their bathroom upstairs. This means there is no rest for my husband when this project is completed.
All of you men can feel sorry for him.
And the women can feel sorry for me…for all the reasons he will come up with to convince me we should put the other project on hold (and stop hiding his motorcycle keys). It’s going to be an interesting spring.