There are some things that grow into experiences that you just know you will never forget.
For the last several months, we’ve been experiencing a virtually endless, do-it-on-weekends-and-days-off home remodeling experience for the house that my daughter and son-in-law are buying from me in west Wichita.
It sounded so easy – excavate under an existing porch, pour a concrete floor, frame it in and make a couple of extra rooms. Like most home renovation ideas, it wasn’t as easy as it sounded. In fact, it’s turned into a project that has lasted since last September and is just know entering the final stages.
Along the way, we’ve had some valued help from my Missouri farmer brother, Jim, and from a key employee of the Southern Kansas Cotton Growers Gin at Winfield, Carlos Torrez, who just happens to be a do-it-all building contractor who, not surprisingly, grew up on a farm in western Kansas.
Last weekend, amazing help came from western Sedgwick County farmers Jeff Winter and Mick Rausch, who provided the horsepower (and manpower) necessary to handle towing a skid-steer and a dump trailer to clean up the yard, haul off building debris and level off all that dirt that came from excavation.
And today, the grandkids chipped in big time to put the primer on the walls getting ready for the big day – the calling of the city inspector to sign off on the finished product of all these months of work. Not to mention the scheduling of the carpet installation that will be the next-to-last phase. The final will be the installation of the interior doors, which we are putting off to make the carpet installation easier.
“Helping” with the paint has been something of a family tradition for this project – we did the same thing when we painted the room where the three oldest kids have their desks and materials for school. I have to admit that there was a lot less stress on Grandma when the room being painted is void of furniture, has no trim or flooring that can be damaged and still has the final coat to go.
Favorite quotes from today:
Alyssa: “Grandma, I don’t think my roller is ready for prime time.”
Chloe: “This white is OK for the primer, but I don’t think I want my room quite THIS white.”
Dylan: “My hands are all messy. Can we keep them clean, please?”
Jackson: “Everybody is tired, but I’m still painting. I think that’s because I’m a boy and I’m stronger than girls.”