10 Ways To Survive Builing Or Remodeling Your Home

10 Ways To Survive Builing Or Remodeling Your Home

1. Think of​ the​ project as​ a​ new diet.
Who doesn’t want to​ lose at​ least five pounds? This is​ one way to​ do it. Between running to​ stores all day and​ evening long, meeting with contractors, inspecting the​ work, searching the​ Western world for​ the​ perfect light fixture, who has time to​ eat? Provided you don’t sabotage this new, unorthodox diet plan, with McDonalds drive through, you’re good for​ losing five pounds. if​ you are a​ masochistic type who does some of​ the​ work yourself – whether it​ be painting, laying tile, landscaping the​ yard – you can count on another five to​ ten pounds of​ weight loss. Just think, you may be miserable, frustrated, exhausted, nd down right cynical about the​ good of​ the​ humankind, but your
jeans will fit nicely!

2. Write checks as​ aerobic exercise.
These workouts are great for​ toning the​ wrist and​ fingers. Usually done in​ hectic spurts as​ you race out the​ door in​ the​ morning while the​ contractors are breathing down your neck and​ your kids are beating each other with the​ lunch boxes you just prepared, the​ stress and​ frantic activity are sure to​ raise your heartbeat for​ a​ good hour. Grumbling under your breath that the​ plumber, electrician, or​ you name it, isn’t really worth this much money adds greater intensity and​ calorie burn to​ this little publicized exercise regime.

3. Save money through shopping burnout
Yes, even the​ most die-hard shopper will come to​ dread setting foot in​ any store. This affliction starts innocently enough as​ you go to​ look for​ light fixtures. How hard can it​ be? Hard! Either the​ light you want is​ being shipped from Yugoslavia and​ won’t arrive until your youngest child buys his own home, or​ you just can’t find the​ one you want. You’ll shop every lighting and​ electrical store you know. You’ll search Home Depot. You’ll haunt hardware stores. and​ then there’s plumbing fixtures. Sink centers, faucet handles, finishes, special orders. What’s all that about? and​ the​ cost. You’d think you were outfitting the​ palace for​ a​ former third world dictator. of​ course, there’s carpet, tile, hardwood, stairs, siding, windows. Enough already. and​ you thought it​ was a​ pain picking mints and​ sweet
table treats for​ your wedding.

After your 1000th trip to​ Home Depot (or Lowes or​ Menards or​ whatever), in​ addition to​ all the​ other trips you’ve made for​ items that shouldn’t count as​ shopping (toilet seats, for​ example), you’ve had it. Your friends won’t be able to​ bribe you to​ check out the​ latest sale at​ Bloomingdales. You’ll think it​ will be better when you can pick out “fun” things like paint, wall paper, drapes, fabric, furniture – but don’t bet on it. at​ this point, the​ pressure to​ make your home look like something other than an​ empty rat maze will counteract any joy in​ shopping. Spending this much money has never been such a​ miserable experience. as​ a​ result, when your home becomes half-way presentable, you’ll refuse to​ shop again – even for​ groceries – for​ at​ least six months. the​ money you save during this shopping hiatus will be sufficient for​ you to​ resume this previously pleasurable past time
once more without guilt.

4. Impress your friends with obscure facts.
Only someone that has built or​ remodeled their home can explain the​ fluid dynamics of​ a​ proper toilet water swirl. or​ cite the​ International Building Code that calls for​ no more than 6’ between electrical outlets. or​ brag that triple glazed windows are really the​ wave of​ the​ future for​ light emitting device technology. See what I mean? :)

5. Pride yourself on your new creative skills.
You’ll discover a​ creative side that you never knew existed. Like how to​ wash dishes in​ the​ bath tub. and​ how to​ make a​ full course meal for​ a​ family of​ four using nothing more than a​ toaster and​ hot plate. or​ how to​ fit an​ entire family in​ a​ house smaller than your first apartment. They say that necessity is​ the​ mother of​ invention. That’s probably true, but I also think that the​ only thing that separates modern and​ pioneer life is​ just one kitchen or​ bath remodeling project.

6. Yell at​ someone other than your kids – and​ not feel guilty.
Honestly, as​ a​ modern woman trying to​ juggle the​ running of​ our homes, possibly a​ job, and​ the​ future Olympic soccer aspirations of​ our children, you have the​ primal need to​ yell. at​ someone. Anyone. Often our spouse and​ children suffer from this need of​ ours to​ release pent up negative energy generated from nothing more than some miniature human leaving smelly gym shoes on the​ kitchen table. (Ok, that probably deserves a​ bit of​ yelling – we eat at​ this table!) But when you remodel your house, you have a​ whole cast of​ characters – and​ believe me, they’re characters – that often deserve a​ good scream from time to​ time. Like when they tell you that they tore out the​ fireplace because they didn’t think it​ looked right. or​ when they show you a​ mistake made three weeks ago that now requires half the​ house to​ be torn down in​ order to​ fix. Yelling isn’t immature or​ a​ result of​ too much estrogen, it’s therapy.

7. Throw out (finally) your significant other’s treasured [fill in​ the​ blank] from his bachelor days.
You know what I mean. it​ could be the​ semi-nude poster he won’t get rid of. or​ his collection of​ exotic beer cans. or​ all of​ his Sports Illustrated magazines since the​ Chicago Bears last won the​ Superbowl. Now is​ the​ perfect time to​ get rid of​ it. if​ you need to​ move out of​ your house while the​ remodeling is​ done, or​ you are moving to​ a​ new home, such an​ opportune time may never occur again. Say it​ won’t fit in​ the​ rental house. It’s either this or​ his golf clubs. Gently remind him that the​ sentimental item really serves as​ a​ reminder of​ his advancing years. Anything. Get rid of​ it. it​ will be one positive you can remind yourself of​ when the​ stress of​ remodeling makes you feel that this project was the​ biggest mistake of​ your life.

8. Grow closer to​ your family through forced bathroom sharing.
The saying goes that absence makes the​ heart grow fonder. Perhaps that wise pundit had to​ share a​ closet sized bathroom with three kids and​ a​ spouse. in​ reality, there’s no greater way to​ create intimacy in​ a​ family than by all trying to​ get ready for​ the​ morning in​ the​ same 7’x 5’ space. You’ll learn new exciting things about your children – like toilet paper is​ purely optional for​ little boys. You’ll discover that there is​ no bond quite like the​ one created when the​ entire family brushes their teeth together over the​ same sink. You’ll realize why the​ older generation of​ your relatives only washed their hair once a​ week instead of​ facing communal bathroom time. But most importantly, you’ll no longer need to​ yell at​ your kids to​ hurry up for​ school – they’re standing right next to​ you.

9. Earn free flights from all of​ your purchases.
In what is​ admittedly (and somewhat sheepishly) the​ only practical survival tip on this list, get an​ airline mileage credit card. Charge everything on it​ – lights, plumbing fixtures, windows, doors, lumber, carpet. the​ windows alone can get you close to​ one free trip. Whether you decide to​ share your miles with anyone else in​ the​ family or​ to​ escape on your own to​ a​ world of​ quiet solitude and, preferably, an​ open bar, is​ entirely up to​ you.

10. Hire some good looking contractors and​ feel like you’re 15 years old again.
Hey, guys get a​ whole chain of​ restaurants and​ bars where the​ main attraction is​ busty waitresses in​ tight t-shirts (Hooters). Why can’t us gals have some eye candy once in​ a​ while? Besides, it’s a​ productivity tool. You’ll be more likely to​ inspect the​ job or​ meet the​ architect if​ some young, fit, good-looking men are there – especially in​ the​ summer months when shirts tend to​ become optional. for​ example, we once hired a​ roofing crew of​ male model wannabees for​ a​ house we built. My husband called them the​ “Beefcake Roofers.” They created quite a​ stir in​ the​ neighborhood that summer. Let me tell you, it​ made rushing to​ stop by the​ house to​ go over notes with the​ trades first thing in​ the​ morning a​ bit more interesting … and​ much more fun!

Finally, remember, the​ end result of​ your new house will be worth the​ aggravation of​ the​ process. Plus, think of​ all the​ good stories you can tell!

10 Ways To Survive Builing Or Remodeling Your Home

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