We're now at this stage of renovation excitement:
Framing in the second floor! Apparently there's a lot of framing happening inside too, but I didn't venture beyond the sidewalk last time I was there. Tomorrow, I get a tour.
Our job of the moment, while all of the hard work is being one by other more important people, is to finalize our window selection so all that can be ordered, and choose what colour we want for our siding (the house will be mostly brick, with siding accents), and commit to a particular type of roof (metal faux shingle, or asphalt actual shingle?).
Making these choices is not easy even if you're doing it exclusively from a design perspective, without considering expense. There are tradeoffs everywhere. For example, triple glazed windows are fabulous for cutting down on noise and temperature variations, but if you want the look of a traditional multi-pane window, you will have to settle for something that looks like the faux that it is. Not to mention what the prettiest things cost. By which I mean, OWIE.
Thankfully I realized something this week that makes our decisions easier, or at least, less painful. You can prioritize where the money is going based not on appearance or function or cost, but by Mess.
A roof can be replaced at any time without causing any disruption inside the house whatsoever, beyond noise. And it's fast.
Siding can be replaced too, and though it's probably expensive and messy, it's also outside. Or you could just repaint it.
Windows can be replaced with a small amount of disruption around the perimeter walls, but inside the house, not outside.
A bathroom can be upgraded but tile removal is extraordinarily dusty and noisy and messy, and cleaning up after drywall isn't fun either.
A kitchen can be replaced only with weeks of disruption and mess and tears, when the counter you ordered isn't what arrives for installation (this happened in the old version of the house and I hope it doesn't happen again with this one.)
Hardwood flooring can be refinished or replaced, but you have to move ALL the furniture off of it. On a main floor you can plan ahead and put something different into your kitchen, allowing you to pile everything up in there for the duration. Either way: you may have to stay away for a few days because Odor.
Now that I've worked this out, I feel pretty confident that pursuing a really good kitchen takes priority over paying for a fancy shingle-style metal roof, which can be be installed any old time, even over an existing asphalt shingle roof. And it would be smart to get really, really good floors, and choose timeless bathroom tile. Yaaaaay.
And now I can knit. See you tomorrow!