Anyone ever done a “remodel” in their home while still living in it? I know many of you have. And I bet most of you handled it better than I do. You see, over the course of a 19 (soon to be 20!) year marriage we’ve had the good fortune of “improving” our home 3 times. All three times we have lived in the house during the work. And all three times I LOVE it when its done and HATE it while its in process.





This go around we are really only doing two smallish projects. One is creating a small mud room and the second is enclosing in an upstairs porch. Nothing that would prevent us from the necessities of our day to day lives while the work is completed. Supposedly, it will only take about 6 weeks which, I know from experience, means 8-10 weeks – but even that’s not so bad. The current schedule looks a bit like this – we take our daughter to school at 8:00 am so we have the house to ourselves in the morning which is really helpful. That way – the early morning routine isnt interrupted and our daughter does not have awaken to the sounds of hammers and saws. But as soon as I get back from the school run the carpenters arrive and begin the days work. Generally, they start to wrap up at 4:00 and are gone by about 4:30 – again nice since Hannah gets home from school about 4:00 pm. Now let me say that the crew we are working with is FABULOUS – I cannot say enough good things about them. They have done all the remodel projects we have undertaken at our 2 homes, in addition to several small commercial jobs at our offices. The construction company is owned by a dear friend of ours and we love and trust him completely. His staff is meticulous, the work is excellent and they are very “in-tune” to keeping things as clean as construction will allow. If you are in Central Florida and need a referral please let me know and I will put you in touch with RF Mannarino Contracting. You will love Bobby and his staff. Truly, they are as good as it gets.

Even still – for the next 6-10 weeks I will have to muster all the positive energy I can to keep my stress under control. Mainly its the dust and messiness that gets me unglued. The hubby and I both work from home a fair amount and despite this I can live with the in and out off all the traffic, I can live with the constant noise and chatter of the crew, and I can live with the driveway and garage being overtaken with trucks and debris. But the dust and dirt send me over the edge. It doesn’t help that I’m Type A to begin with. I am obsessive about my “nest” and keep it cleaner and more tidy than is considered normal or average. Everyday when the job is closed up for the night I start wiping down counters, vacumming floors and trying my best to clean up at least the commonly used areas so we can enjoy dinner and some family time. There is a layer of dust and dirt that I can’t even wipe or suck up until the job is DONE – but I have to try and get at least the top layers cleaned off each day before I can prepare dinner ( I rarely cook – but you know what I mean :-)), shower, change into Pj’s and finally relax.



I read a ton of blogs and know of several design/remodel bloggers that I love. These creative and carfty folks seems to thrive on “redoing” and tolerate the mess and chaos with style and grace. I WISH I knew how they did that! The yogi in me hates to admit it but I ENVY thier ability to live and enjoy life admist the clutter and dirt. I remind myself how fortunate we are to be able to afford these improvements and I know from experience how immensely happy I will be with the results. But let me tell you – in the interim – its a struggle! So far – I’ve made it through 2.5 days! A small victory but at least we are underway. There is no turing back now – the finish line is on the horizon – albeit a ways away!

If you’ve got any tips for me I all ears. In the meantime – I’m going to try and “suck it up” and focus on gratitude! That generally does the trick!





Question of the day:

Have any of you ever lived through a home remodel? What as the best/worst aspect for you?


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  1. I feel your pain Jessica! We remodeled our kitchen in 2011. It began in April and ended in August. Part of that time we functioned without a working kitchen…microwaving in the dining room, grilling out, eating out, and washing dishes in the basement. Our back yard was completing destroyed by the equipment. The kids thought it was awesome that there was a porta potty in the yard. I think they even used it once or twice( Yuck!). And yes, the dust was endless. Now we have a gorgeous kitchen that is the heart of our home. It was worth it:) Good luck with your project. Use your yogic breathing when the dirt and dust is just too much! Say “hi” to Bobby for me. XO

    • Its crazy what you can live through isn’t it? In our last house when they did the remodel we had, at one point, a pipe that ran out an upstairs window, down the side of the house and then back inside to our temporary downstairs kitchen. And we had to step on a step-stool to get to the second floor as part of our stairs were gone! That was before Hannah was born though – not sure I could survive that again now! It’ll be great when it done – gotta keep my eyes on the prize!

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