For about two years I have had an item that I just carry forward month to month on my To Do list: Call Scott. But never felt ready because of something else I needed to finish first. Scott is the contractor who did my exterior remodel and I did a web site for him. I have seen much of his work and it is wonderful quality, and his quotes are always competitive.
Finally, I called this month, and we met on Thursday and planned out the process of remodeling the kitchen. I'm gutting the entire thing. Friday after work I visited the first of several cabinet shops to get a design and a bid. That will take about a week. I'm not going to do too many of these, but will take advantage of the recent experience of a co-worker as well as Scott's expertise. This will be the first of many decisions.
The hard part for me will be colors. Matching the cabinets, countertops, floors, backsplash, paint, and then deciding if I change the living room colors at the same time since it all flows together. Part of my goal in this remodel is to get the house ready to sell in about four years when I retire. So nothing with strong personality but more general appeal. Still it has to be pretty.
Another big decision is whether to take up all the carpet in the living areas that are adjoined. It's a huge area. Wood floors will help sell the house, of course, but I like my carpet. However, the color is so out of date -- teal! And it's in excellent condition though it's been in --how long?-- maybe 15 years or so. But teal.
The kitchen is going to consume me for the next couple of months I know. The speed at which we get things underway is up to me. I have to do the legwork, the shopping, make the decisions. So I am not dragging my feet.
And still I'm working on the paper-sorting and CD cataloging from my husband's belongings. And there's the fall To Do list with lots of planting and clean up outside. As if I needed to give myself more things to do. But isn't it interesting how somewhere in the recesses of my mind, this project has been waiting for just the right time, and suddenly the time is now?