A personal note
November 20 was an ordinary day and after staying up late that evening to finish a proposal, we woke up to a flood in our house from our washing machine pipe bursting and 2+ inches of water in our downstairs. Five out of six rooms damaged by constant water flow for 6+ hours. After the insurance company was called, the fun began. First, Remediation came in to assess the damage and they found the water all the way down to the crawl space through six layers of flooring. After days of drying each layer, they found all the floors and cabinets were damaged and then tearing out all of our kitchen cabinets and flooring was next. Needless to say, the dust began and emotions as they tore out our entire kitchen and bathroom. They finished the demolition and left the entire house a disaster with furniture moved around and everything in different rooms and just a complete mess. Did I mention a ton of dust?
The new General Contractor came in December to take away our old cabinets, tear up more floors, and built us a temporary sink so again, more dust and mess. Contractors came in and out all day, most every day. So much for privacy, but that was ok. We wanted them there.
We survived the holidays as many delays with the holidays and mortgage companies holding the payment. I put up a small Christmas tree to enjoy our Christmas day since both of our girls were in town.
After the new year, The cabinets were chosen, flooring, sinks, appliances, backsplash, etc and the work began in rebuilding. The crew moved everything outside to the POD in the driveway so we had an empty house for a month. Take out and Microwave meals and paper plates were our standard. I did miss out some of this fun due to Main Stream Events and PR Firm traveling to CA and NY for events that were on the books. I came back and the house was partially finished. I was hoping it would be all finished when I returned in March.
The 2nd week of March, the cabinets were installed, then the floors, carpet, counter tops, sinks, faucets, backsplash, toilet, and the painting and it was starting to come together. Most of the furniture did not get damaged (darn- I needed new furniture but that will have to be another time since we bought all new appliances)
Four months later, it is complete. We consolidated many kitchen items and gave away many items that were duplicates.
After all this, we are still unpacking so the after pictures will be a bit longer (give me another week)
After living with a loss in our home, I was encouraged to write a personal blog about it and I don’t wish this on anyone. Not the perfect time for us but life happens and you make the most out of it. We are excited about using our new kitchen and I am thrilled that we have a more organized house after consolidating our items and no more clutter.
These are the after pictures: