Last summer, when I went back to Washington for Edgar’s number retirement ceremony, I wound up replacing flooring in my mom’s kitchen, living, and dining room. Over the winter, Mom and I agreed that I would plan on doing the rest of the flooring this summer. I could drive up, bring Sprocket and my tools and knock it out.
Her insurance also insisted that she replace the siding so she hired a contractor friend to tackle that. He figured, no big deal, it’s one story, no ladders needed.
Her house is almost 40 years old which meant plenty of surprises as both the siding and the flooring projects proceeded.
Almost immediately, things went off the rails when I discovered a leak from the master bathroom shower into the living room when I pulled up the carpet. I replaced patches of subfloor from years of pets in the house. And the bathroom leak morphed into a full master bathroom renovation.
A full bathroom renovation included doing drywall. I hate doing drywall.
I sort of tortured my pup as a distraction:
Days and weeks crept by and by the time I was getting close to wrapping things up, life in Colorado started demanding that I come home. Sprocket and I were pretty happy to answer that call. I felt bad because there were finishing touches to be done but fortunately they were much smaller projects (baseboard, painting) that other family members volunteered to do for Mom.
Before I left, the flooring was all done, the master bath was brand new (isn’t her vanity gorgeous?),
She also got a new hot water heater! (Ughhhh, the lighting in this hall sucks…. I have Ideas.)
This vanity area turned out nicely though!
Her bedroom is also freshly painted and has a new floor:
Now, I just have to go back next summer and tackle this project that appeared during the process. It’s always something, but I’ve been promised I can learn to tile here.