We are knee deep in another remodeling project. This time we are remodeling the kids’ bathroom. This is our third (and final) bathroom remodel for this house. Except for the tub/shower, we are replacing everything – toilet, vanity, flooring, cabinets and lighting. As usual for us, this is a do-it-yourself project.
We have our roles down pretty well. I’m in charge of demolition, planning, purchasing, and painting. My husband is in charge of electrical, plumbing, sheet rock, and flooring. We work together on installing cabinets.
While working on the demolition I had a few random thoughts about deconstruction.
1. It starts with a desire for something new, something different than what you’ve had.
2. It is messy. Things look unfinished and broken for awhile.
3. Your routines are disrupted. Everyone has to adapt to the changes whether they like it or not.
4. Sometimes it is hard to fully envision something new until the old has been cleared away.
5. Longstanding dysfunction becomes more apparent once you begin the process of deconstruction. We have said so often, “I can’t believe we’ve been putting up with this. Why didn’t we change it sooner.” However, it is sometimes hard to see the things you are putting up with.
6. Trying to hang onto something old sometimes becomes a hindrance to accomplishing the new. Quite often it is easier and a better result to put in something new than to try to make the old thing work.
7. Plans have to be flexible. Sometimes the plan you start out with has to be adapted for the circumstances you encounter.