Number One

It’s toilet time for Tinytown.

– Bart Simpson

We bought a toilet.

toto rowan dual flush toilet

Toto Rowan Dual Flush Toilet

It’s scheduled to ship in about two weeks, and then it will sit in the living room for hopefully not too long before it will get installed in our new…upstairs…bathroom??

The throne is the first purchase for the upstairs remodeling project, which looks like it might be about to happen after a misfire last year. The roof is overdue, and the roof project involves insulation, which means the old insulation needs to be pulled out, so the walls needs to be opened up…basically, no better time.

 

We’ll be doing some of this project ourselves (details to follow), but most of the heavy lifting will be done by professionals. Except for the heavy lifting involved in moving our pointless junk out of the loft.

If you are local to MSP, the Bridging furniture bank is a great place to take extra furniture, lamps, and rugs.

If you are in MSP, the Bridging furniture bank is a great place to take extra furniture, lamps, and rugs…

...and the Habitat Restore is the destination for extra house parts, cabinetry, lighting and hardware.

…and the Habitat Restore is the destination for extra house parts, cabinetry, lighting and hardware.

The guy at the Goodwill, he also knows my name.

I should be excited, but I’m feeling pretty apprehensive about the whole thing — not apprehensive enough to not do it, but edgy. This is not an atypical reaction for me to upheavals, even good ones. But you can’t open a magazine without reading incredibly enthused copy about how WONDERFUL it all is and just LOOK AT THE AFTER PHOTOS!!!!!

fifties-housewife-apron

I just could not wait to have the house in pieces and to spend wads of cash on two-by-fours, joint compound and Xanax!

It’s enough to make a person doubt their completely valid concerns!

Obviously, magazines want to sell home renovation stuff (and Xanax), so it’s understandable that they aren’t going to dwell on the worrying and expense side of things (with this exception: “Oh, we splurged on [something weird] and it was SO worth it!”).

I’m not trying to sell you anything, so you can believe me when I tell you:

It’s ok to freak out a little bit about remodeling.

It’s a freak-outable event!

Of course, make sure you check a few basics off your list — reasonable budget, reputable contractor, workable timeline. But once you’ve controlled what you can control, you’re still facing quite a process. The excitement — and the fun — will be a part of it too. Eventually. At least that’s my working hypothesis.

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4 Responses to Number One

  1. Su Fox says:

    Deciding what bread to buy with 1500 kinds to choose from is a freak-outable event! Remodeling the entire second floor of one’s house is freak-outable 2.0! Get some Zanax, dig in and wait for the flood waters to receed. Then, enjoy your beautiful new space – starting with the toilet. Great good luck!

  2. Christine says:

    Haha, we bought a toilet, too! It’s been in a box in our hallway since January…
    We’re also planning on fitting it ourselves, think I’ll wait and see how you get on first though 😉

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