This image jumps ahead a bit but at the time it made me tear up!
OK, just before the permit was approved I had gone through a huge debate with my husband about which route to go, Project Manager vs Contractor. I do interior design so I thought i had a good understanding on how the house building process worked. I came close to hiring a very close friend of mine who I work with and who knows EVERYTHING about construction to help me do the project. I have witnessed many relationships between contractor and home owner go sour. I work very well with this friend, however when it comes to your own home, your "baby" all sense of reason and logic get tangled up in a big, fat emotional mess. I was NOT going to have a crying meltdown! He, ( he will come up later in this blog) convinced me to try out a PM that he recommended. In comes Florian Qendro, PM EXTRAORDINAIRE!! Ill post his link at the end of this blog. He put together a "budget" by our second meeting (which is always a rude awakening ...ouch) and our project began.
The Demo crew was fantastic, the foreman on this job is a man named Gaston Gagnot ( so love his name!!) . A little guy with an amazing french accent that wastes no time. My kind of trades man,.
I have never been so excited to see this house, ( that we invested all our money in btw), get destroyed. It looked a bit like a terrible tornado had ripped through it, only unlike the tragedy of a natural disaster, this one made me so happy. I truly felt that the journey had began. We drove/drive by it every opportunity we have to see the latest window knocked out or wall pushed down. Its hard to explain the excitement unless you are going through it. I must say, I have a completely different outlook on my job . I deal with so many clients doing renos or new builds. I usually meet them part way through the project, by then they are exhausted by all the decisions and stresses. Im still a bit green in the project so I am sure things will change but for now....LET THE SUN SHINE IN.