Tuesday, 2 February 2010

At last it's started. Finally the builders are in and the day I was both dreading and relishing has arrived. You know when you anticipate how bad really can it be? And it takes less than 10 seconds for the first rubble of plaster to be removed and instantly the house is filled with dust? It's a bit like having your second child. All thoughts of how awful it was the first time have instantly disappeared and whilst you know it was the worst experience of your life, you can't quite feel the pain anymore so you forget...just a little bit. Ok, I'm not comparing having builders in to childbirth! It's the sentiment!

We have been monitored for nearly 3 years for suspected subsidence and finally it was agreed it was and the go ahead was given. Fortunately it is all covered by insurance and so it's a matter of grinning and bearing it and focussing on the end result (Orla, Orla, Orla)

As many of you know I've hated the decor in the house we moved in to more than 5 years ago and so this is quite a blessing to have it redecorated from top to bottom and a few rooms imbetween. So what's a few weeks of (major) inconvenience if we get a little help in getting the house how we want it. I have big plans for this hallway. It is so grand and beautiful, but is desperately crying out for a bit of 'Wow' factor. I am slightly nervous about getting it right though. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and we need to choose carefully. Because I got my way with the Orla paper in the living room, I've had to give Matthew final say out here. Or at least let him think he's getting final say...

As you can tell we have a long way to go and there may be a lot of tears, a fair amount of moaning, but hopefully it will all go as smoothly as possible and before we know it will all be a distant memory...


10 comments:

Vonnie said...

Oh you poor things! I hope it's all finished quickly and with as little mess as possible for you to cope with.

Looking forward to seeing the end result!

Kylie said...

Here's to distant memories!... and yes, I'd put childbirth in that category too! ;) I hope it goes quickly for you :) K

Kristy said...

Can't wait to see what you do with it! We had builders in for about 3 years on and off and they are but a distant memory now. Full of funny stories that weren't so funny at the time ;)

nickynackynoo said...

Good luck with it! As you say, it's a great opportunity to get the house just as you want, but such a responsibility. I combined having the builders in with childbirth. Not as bad as you'd think, and the builders made great babysitters too!

thelinencat said...

Such a beautiful space, it's going to look great once it's done. We still have builders after 3 years so I know exactly how you feel, I am happily having a break and temporary dust free home, it's always worth it in the end though. Good luck and keep thinking of the end result!

wholelottalovely said...

How exciting, Can't wait to see it when it's done

Julie Rutter said...

Oh, poor you. We've just finished 18 months of on-off work after a big leak - it was horrendous while going on but fantastic to get some more rooms as we want them. The hall will be stunning when you get it finished. Good luck.

Monica said...

good luck! wish you speedy workers...

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

oooh, best of luck. love the archways...

-kelley

mel bomba said...

dust, tell me about it!! it will be so worth it when it's all done.