ALEXANDRIA — At times, I thought the day would never come. On other occasions, it seemed like the finish line was just within my sights only to move forward with each step I took.
Even as I write this, I know that I will continue to tweak and fix and just do “one more thing” until the house is no longer mine. It is officially my baby, and I can’t stop messing with it.
Recently I spoke with another couple who tackled a similar house from the tax sale and the quote that stuck with me was: “We’ve been two weeks from done for six months now.” Truer words were never spoken as the trim work takes more time than the big projects — and are never quite as much fun.
After finally finishing all the walls, Dad (Carl Bowen) and I laid laminate floors in the den and the breakfast nook. We installed similar floors in his home last year, so we simply had to recapture our rhythm instead of learn a whole new process.
One look at the carpet installation price at Lowe’s and we stopped toying with the idea of laying the carpet ourselves. Now, plush carpet covers the entire second floor (except the bathroom that I tiled long ago), the steps and the great room.
Dad and I did lay the carpet on the two porches. They are completely enclosed so I went with a commercial carpet instead of an indoor/outdoor choice because the style looked so much better and I knew weather wasn’t an issue.
Some decisions were emotionally difficult. After many years of writing the home stories for the paper, I know people are frustrated when old hardwood floors are covered with carpet. Refinishing the floors was simply too expensive, so my apologies go out to proper restorers everywhere.