I know it will be worth it when it's finished. But for now I am struggling with the fact that I am surrounded by mess after mess, and dust covering every surface in my house. We (and by "we" I mean mostly Eric) are turning our office into a bedroom. Let me just take this opportunity to tell you that one of the biggest mistakes we made when buying this home (12 years ago) was paying extra for the door-less den that opens onto our entryway. It is one thing to walk through a model home and love that open pristine looking den. It is quite another to actually live in the room and realize that you don't live in the paperless and clutter-free model home world.
We have combined this renovation with new flooring in the front part of our house as well as the bedrooms. As a result we (here "we" equals Eric and MRK--thanks MRK!), had to remove a big chunk of tile and the result is dust. Dust is everywhere! I know we will recover from this eventually but it is possible that I might need some professional help.
I can't count how many trips we've made to Home Depot and Lowes. We've also changed our mind about flooring several times. Our lives have been thrown into disarray and I can't really remember the last time I cooked a decent meal (despite the fact that nothing is being renovated in the kitchen). This is probably not the best time to have all the kids at home and looking for all the excitement a summer can provide. But at least they have stopped telling me they are bored (I have an endless amount of suggestions for them--none of them very pleasant). Eric has been working is butt off and it is completely feasible that all (or enough to render our house livable) the work will be completed by this coming weekend. It will be so nice to actually WANT to be at home again instead of anywhere but.
Stay tuned for the end result.
The general mess.