It seemed like a good plan at first buying a 25-year-old condo in Whistler in desperate need of renovation.
Being first time homeowners we thought this was going to be a grand adventure for us, a time for us to bond, work together, and rebuild the perfect house, making it our home.
What fools we were.
With three and a half months in the new house I can safely say theres still a lot of fake wood panelling on the walls and, sadly, the stucco isnt getting any smaller.
Home renovations dont seem as romantic as they once did.
We started zealously enough. Its easy enough to rip apart the hall walls and cart the crap to the landfill, especially in the middle of January when there's non-stop torrential rain and no powder anywhere.
Our first project was drywalling, which I might add, is not a good way to start off any renovations. Drywalling has absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever and if we had more money I would have no qualms about paying the professionals to do it. Unfortunately we're renovating on a budget, which is another way of saying we're doing everything ourselves.
I think I first turned against the whole idea of drywalling when I realized just how heavy it was to lift from the car and up the stairs.
I got a sigh and a withering look when I asked if we could lift it one sheet at a time.
Couldnt I suck it up and at least try to lift two sheets at a time, for crying out loud. Bend with your legs! Bend with your legs!
Our drywalling day was not getting off to an auspicious beginning.
The relationship was tested further upon installing the first piece. He held it up and I was in charge of the electric drill.
But who knew there was a reverse function on electric drills? Apparently I was the only one in the dark.
It took me a good 10 minutes to figure it out as he held a large piece of drywall over his head.
Drilling, I might add, isnt as easy as it looks, especially on a ladder with the added pressure of getting the job done quickly.
Needless to say I was quickly removed from drilling duty and charged instead with holding up the drywall.
Some nasty words and name-calling was exchanged in the meantime about my ineptness and his impatience.
I quickly recalled my home renovating dream. I didn't want our renovations to be the cause of any domestic strife. We were going to have fun doing this, dammit, whether we liked it or not.
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