We started our 600 sqft home addition the week of Thanksgiving and on February 4, as the walls inside came down, we moved in with my in laws to escape the construction dust.
We thought we might need to stay with them for a couple of weeks—I didn’t even pack an extra set of contact lenses—but we quickly realized it was going to be much longer than that. Weeks turned into months and I’m happy to say that as of Tuesday April 21, we’re home at last. It’s not that living with my in laws was bad, it’s just that nothing beats the comforts of home.
We were happy to have family to stay with instead of needing a hotel, I enjoyed the extra help with the kids and they sure were glad to play with their grandparents all the time. Plus, between the cleaning woman that comes to my in laws’ every two weeks and my mother-in-law cleaning while I was out with the kids during the day, I just ran a vacuum for the first time in two-and-a-half months. Not a bad deal!
One of the things that was the hardest to get used to while staying with my in laws—other than our significantly longer commute everywhere and the kids seriously missing their neighborhood friends—was living in a two-story house. Ranch-style houses are most common in California and while stairs look beautiful in a home, they are terribly inconvenient with small children. We’ve been home less than 48 hours and I’m already enjoying the convenience of having everything on one floor again!
Our home renovation project isn’t quite complete yet and it’ll be a long while before we have decor, curtains and area rugs in place, but the space is comfortable and it feels like home. Our master bathroom has a ways to go, but at least we have an extra toilet now. The closet organizers aren’t in, but at least our beautiful new bamboo floors are. And most of all, the extra space! The kids each have their own rooms now, plus we have one extra bedroom and we expanded our main living area.
I think Reece with his new bed and outer space room might be the most excited one of all to be home. He could not be happier with his new room.
While Emme also likes her room a lot, she’s taking some time to adjust to sleeping in her own room for the first time since she was a teeny baby. I think she misses her brother.
For now we’re using paper Redi Shades to provide privacy and darkness at night in our bedrooms while we figure out what our permanent window coverings will be.
I’m looking forward to when everything is truly done, but that will take awhile to settle in, so these are our before and afters for now.
Our exterior isn’t finished and our front porch is still dusty, but on our first full day home, we threw a blanket over it and sat down with our coffee cookies, hearts and espresso cups full.
Home at last.