Over the years and the four major whole house renovations that we’ve done together, Randa and I have used different approaches for deciding what particular project to do first. Sometimes, it’s a matter of semi-necessity; having a functioning bathroom will pretty much always trump re-papering the hallway. Other times, it’s a matter of pragmatic desire, like having the refrigerator within a few steps of the sink and stove. And sometimes, it’s just a matter of what we’d like to do next.
With this house, we’re using a more aesthetic approach. Sort of. Here, it’s "let’s get rid of the first ugly."
Whatever is the ugliest thing that we see the most is going to get top priority on the fix it/change it list. Well, now that we have a fully functioning bathroom, the other will take priority.
And so, last Saturday, I tore out the ugly old mudroom entry and we put in a new door and window in the south wall. The new south wall as it turned out. Last night, a buddy of mine helped me tear out most of the west wall. We tore off the blue foamboard insulation that had been nailed up over the big sheet of plastic that had been stapled over the four windows and the rest of the wall.
There is a lot of ugly lying out in the big haul-a-way dumpster now instead of greeting us each time we walk into the house now. Even the open wall and bare studs look better than what was there. Of course, it’ll look and function much better once there’s insulation between the studs and new drywall finished over them.
Like repentance that moves us toward righteousness, improvement is just one step more taken in the direction of righteousness. Getting rid of the ugly and replacing it with beautiful.