There are some moments in life when you realise - this is it. There's no turning back now.
Like when we bought our house and signed all the paperwork. We were home owners. We had a mortgage. That was scary.
Most recently, I've had a 'this is it' moment with our house renovations.
We bought this house nine and a half years ago and, after first driving past it and dismissing it as 'too brown' (the lovely cedar boards were painted mission brown), we decided to look more closely. When we did, we noticed a few things: the colour of the outside was terrible, the colours on the inside were also terrible (each room was a different colour), the carpet was shocking, the kitchen was brown and pink, the curtains were a definite peach tone (that also matched the peach architraves!) and the archways (and the yellow glass doors!) were straight from the 1970s.
We also had a realisation. Everything we didn't like about the house was superficial. Paint and curtains could be changed, cupboards could be replaced and archways could be squared. Carpet could be ripped up, especially considering it was hiding a houseful of beautiful hardwood floors.
In short - we've done a lot of work to make it look like we imagined. All of that, though, made us see even more potential in the loveliness of this place, so that's what we're working on now.
This is not a fancy house. It's a little cedar place on a quiet street surrounded by gum trees. This is not a house that is architecturally designed or will ever be found on the cover of a home decorating magazine.
It's our home. We fell in love with it from the moment we stepped inside.
So, it's a big deal to be completely changing it. As I've mentioned before, we're not only adding more rooms, we are also changing almost all of the existing part of the house.
At the end of day one, here it is:
This is it. There's no turning back now.