It Was Worth It
The renovations to the living-dining rooms were completed just in time for Christmas. At an average of between three and four hours per day, maybe even more, over the span of two and a half months, it was nothing short of a giant commitment. But, it was definitely worth it.
In the end, it was the little details that make for a nice reno: the paint, trim, crown moulding, flush-mount vents, corner blocks, clean new electrical fixtures, and so on. The hardwood looks great and is surprisingly warm to walk on. The new window does a decent job keeping the heat in. Getting new furniture and moving back some of the pieces previously removed was exciting.
This much-needed renovation makes the house feel like home.