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Update on My "New," "Old" House


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Right now, at this very moment, there are six people working on my new house. Two carpenters, a roofer, two electricians, a man cutting out a place for a door into the garage and a guy putting up scaffolding on the back of the house in preparation for replacing a second floor window. Every day there are more decisions for tomorrow or the next day.

Apparently, this remolding project is a part of a national trend. The remodeling industry, hit by the economic downturn, appears to be recovering rapidly. Homeowners, sellers expecting to sell as the sales market improve and buyers like me, are expected to increase the market by 20%, according to a recent study release by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. 

Since March, I've chosen roof tiles, at least a dozen different paint colors for inside and out, knobs, handles, tiles, sinks, kitchen cabinets and appliances, bathroom fixtures, a washer and dryer, lighting fixtures and two storm and two garage doors. My head is spinning.

Karen Pratt-Mills at Supply New England in West Yarmouth and I have designed a new kitchen and two new bathrooms. Like all professional wizards, Karen is knowledgeable, confident and a joy to work with.  

Every day, I visit the house and delight in the progress. Perhaps it's somewhat like a dog owner, who loves her new dog; even if everyone else can see that it's an especially stinky, little mutt. That may be too harsh an analogy, but the house isn't ready for Yet!


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