Completed projects:

roof, kitchen, master bedroom, main bathroom (sans shower tile), fireplace, hardwood flooring, windows, office, front entry, stairway

Ongoing projects:

shower surround, dapping/painting woodwork, ensuite vanity/lights/mirror, painting outdoor trim, finishing front entry tile work, interior door painting and hardware, decorating

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Wants vs. Needs

So yesterday I finalized my wants vs. needs list for the upcoming reno project.

Imagine if you will, you were to write down everything your house needs AND all the things you want. Do I actually share all that or just be conservative so I don't make myself out to be over the top?!?

I started with conservative. Very. You know, the toilet ready to fall through the floor thing. But as many of you fully realize, when you renovate, the new touches the old somewhere. It's hard at times to know where to stop!

So I started writing, allowing the list to see where it would lead me. It was sort of fun in an odd way to see what could be for my old tired house the way I've simply known it to exsist.

The list was way way way too long, but being obedient, I kept on. What if one of those items listed was dead easy to comply with, vs. something I thought was easier and listed that instead? I did what I was suppose to do. So forgive me Extreme Team, I was definately nibbling on some stress related kind of scrumptious treat to help get me through this! LOL

Then I got radical. I thought, one more step. I'm going to also make an extreme list, you know, the kind where you laugh out loud because these are totally unnecessary but things we'd love if money was no object or you loved borrowing lots of money. So with my radical designer brain, I started adding a deck with a hot tub off the bedroom leading through french doors, which in return created a covered roof shelter below for grand rain free outdoor living, peaked roof lines to remove the BC box aspect of the exterior and create a vaulted type feeling indoors... you get the idea. Do I dream well or what?!?

After I wrote that list, I shook my head but smiled. It was much like writing a storybook. Having dreams and actually sharing them is much like running into the rain with no rain gear. You're soaked but it was worth it because it was FUN!

Dreaming IS fun! If all it does is put a smile on your face, that's not a bad thing. In fact, often dreams can turn into some form of reality if you take small steps towards them, one at a time. So because my Extreme Team plans to help me with my much more needed 'needed' list, perhaps now I CAN somehow make my bigger dreams a reality at some point in my life. Now THAT is exciting!

But in all honesty? I'm REALLY excited for that toilet to not actually fall through that floor! I guess my dreams are pretty simplistic after all.

We all have so much to smile about. However, just for fun for today, may you allow yourself one fantastical kind of dream that puts a big 'ol whimsical smile on your face! Life ought to be just that much fun.

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