Not Really – I’m a little behind on posts being that my computer had a nasty virus that basically destroyed my hard drive, but I’m back. During the “down time” I realized how time-consuming it can be to actively blog. Of course I entertained the thought of abandoning it altogether, but that time away was actually good. It allowed me the ability to reflect on why I’m even blogging. As you know a few posts back after reading an article on blogging I wrote about my concern with this site/blog not having a true purpose. This site was originally started as a way to keep our friends and family updated on our renovation/remodeling/expansion project – basically an online journal with updates and pictures. I thought this site would be active for 5 maybe 7 months at most. Life(shit) happens and nothing against professional bloggers but I never expected that 12 months later I would still be typing away.
This “journey” has taken us from our initial excitement – to watch our progress, we’re so excited – to crap I can’t believe this is happening, what do we do – to Ok, we’re committed to this, we have to somehow find a way to pull this off.
Shit happens, we had an incompetent as well as less than honest GC and to now accomplish our original goal (or as close as possible) we’re going to have to do it with an even tighter budget. Unfortunately I don’t have the experience to “Super Man” the job and singlehandedly save us. We’ll have to rely on our new GC to value engineer areas, hopefully I can assist by doing a little DIY work where it’s appropriate, but mostly it will depend upon us making wise economical decisions and choices.
So maybe I’ve found (uncovered) the underlying purpose of this site. From our past misfortunes and during our forward journey my hope is that we’ll be able to share a few areas where we’ve been able to make up ground – create savings. It won’t be easy and there’s quite a gap to bridge but someone once told me to never underestimate determination.
Last, I would love to be able to provide a proven method on how to assure that you won’t get screwed or taken advantage of by an unscrupulous contractor, or at least minimize the risk. However I’ve come to realize that a guaranteed method just doesn’t exist. We read and followed all of the various articles, tips and advice but it still happened. So what do you do if you find yourself in our position? Is it worth pursuing? I’ll try to journal that as well.
So there it is – any bets on if I stick to it?