Work in progress

If you were to visit my house for the first time you might notice it is in need of a lot of work. This old house is over 110 years old. What you might not readily know is how much improvement there has been in the last year. A complete kitchen make over that included all new cabinets and appliances. Several electrical improvements along with some much-needed plumbing repairs. Even the garage has new doors and a rain gutter.

None of the improvements have been just surface level. Some old plaster walls have been removed to the studs and recovered with drywall. The garage front was raised up to correct a sagging issue. Old dangerous wiring has been replaced with new.

Most recently we remodeled a small bathroom. It really is a powder room. Someone asked how long the project took. I said a month but that isn’t accurate. Where does the clock start on major projects? If it was the day the problem was identified, that would be over a year ago when we bought the house. If the clock starts the day of planning, that was a few months ago. If the clock starts the day the work began, that was a month.

By the way those home makeover shows are not reality. In a half hour the shows will have completed a major house renovation. It takes me a half hour to find my tool pouch. Don’t set unrealistic expectations. Five minute projects will quickly turn into three trips to the hardware store.

I am currently working on the front porch. The main project is to replace the flooring.Front porch 1

This porch was enclosed several years ago and was done nicely at the time. It is our intent to use it as a 3 season small sitting room. With that in mind we decided to add some outlets, a proper front outside light, and insulate under the floor.

front porch 2

There is no access under this porch from outside or under the house. Since part of the floor was water damaged and rotten that is the access point for running electric and insulating. More about that in next post. Oh, and the treadmill has to stay in the room during all this work. The treadmill was assembled in there and now is too big to remove without disassembling it. Oh well!

Some have questioned why we would put so much effort into this old house. We can’t possibly expect to sell it for a profit when it’s finished. The answer is simple. We like this house and want to make it useful for our purposes.

Often times we judge people based on how much work is needed in their lives. We have no idea if they are in the pre-construction phase or if they are a work in progress. It is not our job to determine when God will change an area a person’s life or how long that might take. Just know as Christians we are all work in progress,  and that Christ loves us all and wants to make us useful for His purposes.

Rev. Burt Schwab


About burtschwab

I currently live in Iowa, USA. My goals are to simply live life as a journey and embrace each day. I am married to a wife with similar passions and that makes me a blessed man.
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