How I Get Work Done During Our Home Remodel
If you’ve been keeping up with my blogs these last few months, you know we’ve been deep into a major home remodel since March. It’s been absolutely insane and so stressful to lose a large portion of space in our house, and it’s really affected my life as an entrepreneur and a mom.
Phase One: Major Renovations
The first phase of our home renovation is finally wrapping up and has been focused on extending our entryway into the house, remodeling and extending the kitchen area into the yard, and adding a powder room. A whole wing of our house has been blocked off for months, so we’ve been living in half the usual space. And, our yard has been completely unusable because it’s covered in construction debris.
We finally did our first deep post construction cleaning yesterday, which felt so good to have done! In addition to our usual cleaning lady coming, we had workers finally clearing trash off the lawn, couch cleaners, and other deep cleaning professionals come and really tidy things up. This helped my mentality a lot, but it’s still definitely stressful losing access to so much of our house and having no space to live or get work done.
How This Has Affected Me as an Entrepreneur
In the months before Max was born, I was in an extremely busy work season prepping for and putting on Happy Mom Conference, and I got a lot of my work done at different coffee shops near my home while my older boys were at school. It wasn’t easy to not be able to relax in my own home while pregnant, but it’s always a nice perk of having such a mobile career that I could plug in and work from wherever. But now that I have a newborn, I really don’t have opportunities to get out of the house, meaning I need to work and take care of Max at home in the middle of all the construction. Instead of a supportive chair and desk, my work space is usually sitting on my bed propped up with a pillow, which doesn’t feel great on my back.
I'm a person who thrives on tidiness and things being in there place, so it's been crazy having people in my home every day and so many things out of my control and not as neat as I'd like. As I’m working on this blog, I’m literally sitting in my front yard surrounded by construction tape and drywall debris as cars drive by - not exactly a quiet, focused work environment!
How This Has Affected Me as a Mom
I’m so ready to have privacy back. Because there are so many extra people around all the time working on our house, it’s hard to find a place to myself for nursing and caring for Max. I have to go into my room with the door closed and the window shades down if I want privacy. I just wish I could walk around freely - topless if I want to to make nursing easier! But I don’t have that luxury right now.
I have a nanny who I’m sharing with a friend who was supposed to start right when Max was born, which would have been so great to help me get work done, but there’s just no space in our house right now for an extra body! So I’ve been pushing off having her start until things are a little less crazy.
How This Has Affected My Kids
The hardest thing with my kiddos has been the lack of outdoor play space. Because of all the junk all over our lawn and backyard, my kids don’t have an outdoor place at home to run around and play. Luckily, we have a cute little park and playground just a few blocks from our house, so I can take my boys there when we need to get outside.
With all the clean-up that happened this week, I’m hoping to have a yard for my boys to play in very soon! They’re also loving having access to most of the house again, as the barrier finally came down yesterday.
Phase Two: Interior Design
We’re nearly done with this first phase, and the second phase is where the real fun starts! We will be fixing up some of the bedroom and office spaces next, and I’ll really get to dive into interior design for the boys’ rooms with Emerald Rouge. I’m also working with Restoration Hardware here in Pasadena to pick out some furniture pieces for the kitchen, family, dining, and living rooms, and I’m so ready to do a complete overhaul of our landscaping! I can’t wait for it all to come together and to to finally show you the end product!
This is just the beginning…
Even though this has been going on for four or five months, we’re not even close to being done. There is still all kinds of stuff happening in this first phase, plus anytime you do construction you find unexpected little things that need fixing. But it is nice to see progress and as much as it has been hard in this season, I know it will all be worth it when our beautiful home is finished!
Have any of you dealt with a live-in, work-in remodel situation? How did you manage?