June 2, 2015

What Going On?

So awhile back I threw you all a huge curve ball.  I dropped the bomb that we sold The Lodge, that we had bought a new project, and that we were ready to take on our new adventure.  And then I basically disappeared, with the exception of a few updates on the cabin reno. (Albeit the super exciting, fireplace-out-of-no-where reno.) But let's be honest, I went radio silent on the new project.   

So what's going on?

Well... things aren't going to plan. 

From the beginning the Hubs and I weren't sure that we could handle a reno of this magnitude without an experienced builder/general contractor.  With such a huge project ahead, we decided that the most important thing was to go with someone we knew well and could trust.  There are all sorts of horror stories out there on the internet about contractors gone bad, and we preferred to go with the guy we knew cared about us as people, so we went with a guy we've known and worked with for over a decade.

That was nearly a year ago.  Yep- June 2014. What we were told would be a 6 month project, quickly became a 9 month project.  With an updated move in date of March 1, we sold The Lodge on March 26th, which was supposed to give us plenty of time in case of delays. As of June 8th, we're still no where close to moving into the house.  12 months is right around the corner.

What went wrong?  Well, a lot of things.  But let's just say that our builder had a huge problem with managing subs, scheduling project workflow and keeping the project on track.  There was also a number of BIG mistakes on their part, that set us back in MAJOR ways.  But I'm not going to dwell.  We're moving on and moving past it.  We've basically taken over the general contractor role and are dealing with the scheduling and managing of all the subs and purchasing ourselves.  It's been a ton of work, but we're all in on trying to get this house done as soon as possible.

That's why you haven't heard from me on the blog for awhile.  I'm managing a full time job during business hours, and then spending every second outside of the office scheduling, sourcing and planning.  I don't have a ton to show you yet, but let's leave this post with a few fun sneak peaks.  I promise to give you a more complete tour soon.

What used to look like this:

Then looked like this:
Now looks like this:

And some more sneak peaks:

Thanks for your patience everybody as we learn the hard way about major renovations!  I can't wait to show you more pictures once the place starts to come together!


  1. Thank you! So nice to get some news and updates and to know that you are still going strong :) I hope that the rest of the reno moves in the right way and that you soon can enjoy your new home.

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  3. Oh man, that had to be so frustrating, but at least now you're close to the home stretch. Always love your updates!