I debated about whether or not to post this one… I try to keep the outlook positive around here, but I get a lot of people asking advice on whether they should take on a project like this. So, to be honest you should know the low parts as well as the highs. Renovating houses is awesome but it’s also one of the hardest, most emotionally trying heart-wrenching things you’ll ever do. And that’s where we are right now with Treehouse.
This is the part of the project where I inevitably start to feel like I am dating my contractor. Not because there is anything weird going on. Like, at all. But… you’re in constant communication with this person. You’ve gone through a grueling ordeal together, because who am I kidding? The construction process is pretty brutal. It’s full of ups and downs, deliveries and disappointments. And (if they’re any good) the contractor is the one by your side through all of it. On good days you’re both stoked about the progress. On bad days your heart jumps when the phone rings… because you kind of don’t even want to know. Sound familiar? Even if you’ve never renovated a house I’m sure you know that feeling. Towards the end you both kind of feel over it… the glow of the honeymoon period is gone and you’re left feeling over the house, over the decisions, the negotiations, and totally over the never ending slew of work.
In architecture school this same exact thing would happen. By the end of the semester, weary and saturated with opinions and designs and changes and victories and, again, disappointments… it was kind of hard to see the finish line even though it was right in front of your face. Even though your comrades thought each others projects were the bees-knees, it became nearly impossible to see any merit in your own.
And then, every time, you take a deep breath and push on to the finish line. You finish, begrudgingly, and bemoan all the things that could have been. Then, somehow, in the following months you forget the struggle, and the disasters. You may even lay on your couch, stare at the ceiling, and laugh at yourself for ever freaking out so damn much about some stupid light fixtures that nobody ever sees?
Sooo yeah… we’re taking that deep breath here before the final push to finish the 2nd floor at Treehouse. Here’s a look at where we stand. We’re hanging in there. I hope you guys are too because I’m going to need a big old drink with some good company to laugh it all off =) And all the stuff about this process being heartwrenchingly difficult? Totally true… but also, so totally worth it.