We just had a bathroom remodel done at our house. Oh, the joy! Don’t get me wrong, I like the finished product, but the process is another story altogether.
Life is like that, I think, it’s an analogy of a bathroom remodel.
We bought this 50 year old house a year and a half ago. The house only had one owner over the course of that time. They raised their family here, and in turn grew old themselves. They decided it was time to move into a more convenient place, with the amenities the elderly needs.
They added on a few times while they lived here; a family room to start, another family room at a later date, and a sun room. The updates dropped off in the 70s. They got busy with more important matters and then, before they knew it, time had gotten away and it was time to make a major lifestyle change, which consisted of a major move.
We got the house at a good price. Yay us! But it needed updating.
In life, we get used to the familiar, comfortable way of doing things. We know things might need updating, changes need to be made, however, we aren’t so inclined to take the time to do the hard things and find ways to make those changes.
It’s a process, just like the bathroom remodel project; things always take longer than anticipated, and problems or obstacles usually arise. The need to be patient and persevere when doing a bathroom remodel is a given, and definitely a must when making lifestyle and relationship changes.
The outcome of the bathroom remodel was good. The improvements were nice and so worth the effort and inconvenience that took place to achieve the desired results.
That is usually the case when making positive changes in your personal life too, as painful as it is while going through it.
Here are the before and after pictures of the actual remodel.
This is what we started with. This bathroom was functional, though pretty dated. It was okay to the casual observer.
We took down a wall that didn’t really serve a purpose. It blocked the lighting, making it dark at times.
We moved some things around, knowing it was only temporary, but still out of place.
Barren and not very useful.
The floor was laid first, the foundation of it all.
It takes time to do things the right way. I was very impatient.
Doing things in the proper order is very important, which is why we didn’t undertake this project ourselves. We needed help.
The (almost) finished project is both pleasing and useful. It will serve it’s purpose well, for an undetermined amount of time, and/or until the next owner decides to remodel it again.
And that’s just one room…
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