Beauty in chaos

We are finally out of our house. I cried the entire time we moved. I already miss that house. It was our first real home together and it held so many memories, both good and bad. Between the two of us, this house saw us through the loss of our first born, cancer, grad school, and eventually our beautiful and feisty daughter. It was truly our HOME. Now, a page has turned and it is time to make a new home.

Demo has started on our new/old house, and we've already hit a few snags. I wouldn't expect anything less. Unfortunately, this means more money and a longer wait to get in the house. **Sigh**

So far we've ripped out the old carpet and all the trim, discovered we need a new subfloor in the master bedroom, realized seven trees (huge, mature trees) are going to have to be cut down, and it seems every bid is coming in at least $1000 higher than we were originally quoted (windows, roof, basement weatherproofing, HVAC, etc.).
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Oh, and did I mention how fast you can spend money when you are renovating? YIKES! It's crazy! Thanks to the additional expenses, we've had to make some creative decisions to stay within our budget. At this point it is just a matter of finding a cheaper hardwood/carpet. The flooring we originally chose was a little on the pricey side; so we can definitely save money in that area. However, the way the renovation seems to be pacing, I'd say it's safe to say my little extras will no longer be on the table. Oh well.

Do any of you have renovation tips? Maybe you have a favorite paint color or shower head/bathroom faucet? Let me know!

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  1. Habitat for Humanity Resale stores are a great place to shop for things like lumber, cabinets and flooring as well as Goodwill. Don't be afraid to shop around and check the free section on Craigslist.


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