Today I said goodbye to my house as I know it. I can’t believe it was as long ago as April that I wrote the Home Fires piece saying I had decided I couldn’t put off renovations any longer. Now, as I write this, there are guys upstairs tearing my master bathroom apart. And that’s just the begining.
Happily, I have an expert helping me. After I read most of the books in the library on removations, and toured the houses on the Home Builders Association Remodelers Tour, and got some estimates, I decided not to be my own designer or my own project manager. I wanted someone to make the design decisions with reference to what would help to sell the house, not to my taste, and someone who who would be in charge of scheduling, organising, and selecting contractors. Happily, a friend had found exactly the right person for his house a year ago, so I benefited from his research and am working with Tina Verdi of Interior Elements.
The project has expanded (don’t they all), but by the time we finish the house should be all set for final staging next spring. About the only things that won’t have changed are the furniture and some of the walls (Tina’s realtor friend said that white is coming back). Even the door hinges will be new, not to mention the door knobs. It was clear to me how much I don’t know about interior design when Tina told me proudly that she had found a great deal on Baldwin door sets, and the name meant nothing at all to me. (It did mean something to a friend who knows much more about design than I do, and who was indeed impressed.)
Since I’m having the 24 year old floors replaced (carpet upstairs, wood downstairs, tile in two of the bathrooms), everything in the house will have to be moved… Since that includes the seven bookcases, that also means all the books. Tina’s friend Judy has done sterling work on boxing things for me, but I ran almost every single book past abebooks.com in the process of sorting them into keep, sell and toss (toss meaning donate to the library for the Friends of the Library annual sale). Despite tossing ten boxes worth, there are still 32 boxes of books.
I am going out to lunch and leaving them to it.