It was insane. But we did it anyway.
Imagine 12 weeks without a kitchen. Imagine 4 weeks without a washing machine. Imagine 5 weeks of mice scampering around you. Imagine moving all your furniture and possessions from room to room 10 times over. Imagine plaster fragments on your freshly washed dishes. Imagine dust, dust and more dust.
And now that it’s over, I’m a bit shell-shocked. Did we really do that? (And yes I was sick the whole time).
But here’s the flip-side…
It was energizing. I loved being the creative drive behind this project. Nothing more satisfying than designing a new space entirely expressive of “us”.
It was necessary. Oh dear. I can’t begin to tell you the number of unsafe things about our old house we discovered along the way. All of which only confirmed this was the renovation that needed to be done.
Most of all, it was transforming. And in transformation there is huge power. Not only did the physical space change into something more positive and bright, but we changed too. For the better.
But with any transformation it has to start with bloody hard work. Scraping out deadwood. Starting again. Being prepared for mess and clutter. If you seek change, something has to give.
For us, that ‘work’ was surviving the inconvenience of the events around us. The actual hard work was entirely in the good hands of our excellent builder.
The demolition process was fascinating. There one moment. Gutted the next.
The skeleton of a house. It’s a mind-spin. Underneath the thin skin of plaster that makes us feel so safe and clean, lies the ugliness of dust and beams and bricks. Only centimetres away.
I noticed tiny details along the way. If you look at something ordinary from a different angle, you can always find something beautiful in it. I may have gone a little nuts with instagram.
I took many MANY more photos too. I can’t help myself. I document everything.
So this is the beginning of the re-telling of the huge transforming tale.
In the next few posts I’ll break down that transformation, space by space, room by room. Nothing like a ‘before and after’ photo collage, right? There will be stories of behind-the-scenes every day life stuff too. So much to catch up on.
See you soon!