Hurray! We have survived Week One of our renovation. After a long weekend of sorting, packing, and storing, we were thrilled to sit back and let our contractors take over. Call me deranged, but I love coming home each night from work, to see what has changed. Mess, or no mess, it’s exciting to see my vision becoming reality. Here’s a day by day account of what we’ve seen so far:
Poor Colin was home when they broke through his wall and hung up a sheet of plastic film as a ‘barrier’ to all the demolition mess and noise. He put up the blue tarp in order to at least have some privacy. There’s no way to dampen the noise, but at least they couldn’t see him cringing.
We also got new windows installed! Fortunately, they let in more air than the old ones — an important consideration, with the air conditioning turned off due to doors opening and closing constantly.
Even with tape and diagrams laid out for the electrician, not everything goes according to plan. But there’s nothing the contractor can’t fix when we go through it with him the next day.
All in all, we are thrilled with the progress in Week 1, and can’t wait to see what happens in Week 2. Best of all, our basement living and cooking arrangements are working out well. In fact, I think we are actually eating as well or better than we did when we had a full kitchen at our disposal. Our Week 1 menu included Chicken Meatball Stroganoff, Big Batch Bolognese with rigatoni, Simply Super Tomato Sauce with ravioli, Sweet Potato Cannelloni, Spanish Braised Steak and Onions, and BBQ Braised Short Ribs — all from the slow cooker. We graded all at least a ‘B’, and several were ‘A’s’. The only disaster occurred on Day 4, when the electrician briefly cut power in the morning, causing the slow cooker to reset itself to ‘off’. I came home to find the Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf completely uncooked. After tossing the meatloaf into the green bin, we had an encore presentation of the Bolognese sauce from 2 nights previous — and it was even better the second time around!
Bring on Week 2!