I think Sir Winston once said “Never, Never, Never Give Up” but then I quickly remember the definition of insanity – extreme foolishness or irrationality. As you can tell a clear decision has yet to be made…unfortunately.
We’ve decided to speak with various builders which have been referred to us (thanks to many of you) and see where we stand when comparing what it will actually cost to complete our home versus what is remaining in our budget. (I think we’ll need a magician)
I know we both fell in love with this ugly house when we first saw it and emotionally we fell even further as we envisioned the memories that would be made and the future it would hold for us, but we’ve come to realize that it just may be unachievable now thanks to all that has transpired.
It’s depressing and it’s extremely tough for me not to feel defeated in numerous ways and levels. There have certainly been high’s but the low’s have been numerous and more constant. This place which use to bring me so much excitement has unfortunately become such a source of negative energy and feelings for me that unless we come up with a solution fairly quickly it will probably be best to just abandon this dream and try to eventually start a new one.
I also need to clean up after our former GC as he’s left everything in quite a mess,but for a place that I once would make any excuse just to go over there and spend time splitting wood, moving dirt or just sitting there envisioning “one day”, I now find myself actually trying to avoid it.
“When you feel like giving up remember why you held on for so long in the first place”
And now to exhaust every potential avenue…initially the biggest challenge will be summoning the energy to explore them.
August 24, 2012 at 2:04 PM
Did you hire an architect? Can I ask who your first GC was? We had a great experience with Intown Renovations (Barry Wright). Would highly recommend him. Mark Arnold is a great architect as well.
August 25, 2012 at 12:35 AM
We did have an architect, through our GC. Thanks for the recommendation of Mark Arnold as well as Intown Renovations. As for the name of our former GC, oh how I would like to name him and in time I plan on doing so, but for now I’ve been advised to wait. Rest assured that we’re going to do everything possible to make sure that we prevent him from doing this to anyone else.
August 20, 2012 at 6:37 PM
I know that the challenges of a renovation can certainly tests one’s metal. It does get better with time. Mistakes and miss-steps will happen, as you well know. Keep up the good work, one day it will be a distant memory.
August 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Thanks so much for your uplifting words as this project has definitely had its fair share of challenges.
Continuing to push forward and hoping that these times do become “distant” memories.
August 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM
I enjoyed your chronicle. We are launching a new magazine called HighlandAve Lifestyle (Va Highland, Morningside, Ansley) and I would love to talk to you about contributing a story for our November “Home” issue about your experience. Are you interested? Thanks so much
Sue Collins, Editor
August 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Thank you so much for your kind words. We’re definitely interested in speaking with you further to explore the possibility.