6 months later and the flat is done. A tenant moves in tomorrow. It was rented out in a day! I feel a real sense of achievement - I'm quite chuffed with myself. Lots of people do this every day I know, and on a much much bigger scale than mine. I could do it again. It is so totally totally different than living through a renovation (which I've been doing for 8+ years). It makes all the difference to go home and leave the mess and dust and clutter. Perhaps I feel really chuffed because this has FINISHED, whereas there is no finishing line at home? I have no control over the home front due to my partner being a carpenter and in charge of all building .....is that why there is no satisfaction? The lack of control? Am I a control freak? He is so so slow on the home front. And this is funny...I asked him to help with a couple of things at the flat...and he is the only tradesman/contractor I've had trouble with!! He was desperate to do the entire reno, but I said no way. It was my flat and my project. Perhaps I feel vindicated that I can contribute to a renovation efficiently, practically and cost-effectively. Anyhoo, whatever... it has been a fantastic project for me.
My flat is nearly done. The blinds are to be hung this afternoon. The agent is coming to take photos to list it for rent. I just have a small bit of grouting to re-grout tonight. What a job!! 5 hours of back-breaking work - mainly because I have a very sore back at the best of times - but being on your hands and knees when you're not used to it meant I slept super well last night. A great feeling falling into bed physically exhausted from work.
Being a total novice I applied the new grout too liberally which makes for a much bigger clean up job. Getting the residue off is taking me hours!! I took photos along the way to inspire me. There is a great sense of accomplishment to a finished project and a job well done ... just like when I finish a quilt. Tremendous satisfaction - it's a fantastic feeling. This one is definitely worth cracking a champagne over. But I've done it ... my very own mini Grand Designs makeover project. I can give myself a big pat on the back for my first job as project manager. As is the norm, it's taken longer than planned and gone slightly over budget, but as a rental I should see a good return on investment. Just like one of my quilt projects.
One my quilts-to-make list is now a postage stamp quilt, or perhaps I'll call it a mosaic tile quilt. It will be a bit more colourful than the above inspiration..check back in a year or 2 and you may see some progress pics :))
Who knows one day this little studio apartment may be my full time studio...wouldn't that be wonderful, to have my very own stand alone studio?