Whilst we bask in the peace and solitude of our "new" house with no tradesmen making noise and ever more mess and all rooms now fully operational, I thought I would summarise the highs and lows of our first renovation experience:
Removal of the hideous faux-federation balustrading and skirting boards
No more cream carpets
No beige, nothing even close to being beige, anywhere in the house
The lights, the one in the living area especially!
Our electricians (see below) and most of our tradies
The colours, the floors, the walls and furniture. We love it all!
Our budget, only because we stuck to it and didn't spend all of the emergency funds (phew!)
Wiring that ran across floors and upstairs that was discovered only when the carpet was ripped up
The smell of paint, glue, solvents and waterproofing membrane
Project Managing the renos whilst holding down a full-time job (aaaargh!)
The alcoholic painter that drank our open bottle of wine in the fridge, got copious amounts of paint on our new carpet and bedding and then tried to hide the evidence in the shrubbery outside our front gate. He was caught in the act by the electrician who took a photo and emailed straight to us (Yay, we love you Josh!)
The sheer inconvenience of living, eating, sleeping in one room (or having to de-camp to the inlaws place)
I do have to say that all of the lows resolved themselves easily enough and dare I say it, I have almost forgotten the stress involved now that I can look around and appreciate the home we have.