So in June 2012 we moved to the money pit, work started in earnest in January 2013 (…at 5 months pregnant) and the loft extension was completed on my due date, excellent.
Work progressed, with external walls going up, interior walls coming down, kitchen and bathrooms were fitted, curtains went up and there was some painting done…that should really have been the end of it.
However the trouble is it still isn’t finished. When I went back to work after 14 months of maternity leave it hadn’t occurred to us that the work still wouldn’t have been done, but naturally whatever wasn’t finished then still isn’t finished as being a SAHD doesn’t really lend itself to house renovating at the same time!
I don’t want to moan, but my view is that the real issue why it’s not finished is that the Turk has an aversion to completing a project. The Turk is of the view that it is my fault because I insisted on doing irritating things like using rooms (ie rather than confining the 3 of us to a 10 meter square area of loft I insisted that we used two of the bedrooms downstairs, kitchen and living room.
Whichever one of us is right, the bottom line is it’s all a bit….well…unfinished.
Yes we have a living room, but there’s a patch of plain plaster on the ceiling which hasn’t been painted, no coving, the whole room needs painting and other than our sofa all furniture is cordoned off one half of the room which we don’t use because it’s too unfinished and therefore unsafe for the boy.
Yes we have a kitchen but it only has around half it’s work surface and a huge damp patch with no sign of either being completed in the near future.
The hallways and stairs are in a complete state of disrepair whilst we argue over floorboards v carpets so I frequently loose items helpfully posted by Jem between gaps and trip over the loose floorboard at the top of the stairs…
The main bathroom and guest en suite both leak, have cracked tiles and need work on the ceilings.
The spare room would be ok if it wasn’t for the tools dumped in there.
The loft has become a dumping ground for everything that can’t be put in the unfinished rooms…
It’s all getting a bit frustrating. The Turk has suggested that a second maternity leave would be an excellent opportunity for him to complete the work…I’m not enthused about the prospect of another 12 months of looking after a new baby almost completely alone whilst he rennovated…