What a wild ride from the first time I laid eyes on The Rattlesnake house a year and a half ago. What became the master bath was flooded and full of mold and mildew, and now showcases a farmhouse chic theme. The floors are finished. There are some last touches on plumbing for the kitchen and some cabinetry left to build, but she is now ready for us. I don’t think that any part of this project or its deadlines have gone the way we thought it would, but we still achieved the end goal. Hermits’ Rest Enterprises, LLC has completed its renovation commitments to the house, and now it is my turn. The things that I have committed to fixing will take time. Some of it just takes time to complete, and some I will have to save money to do. The heaviest part of it is done though!
Of course we had planned to have already moved in by now, but plans change. It was more important to have the floors done and done correctly than to go ahead and move in anyway. I can be fully confident in the floors and their quality for many years to come now. An extra two weeks of waiting in exchange for many years of not having to worry seems like a fair trade to me.
I am so tired, and I have been living out of boxes in a state of constant readiness to move for a few months now. I am that kind of tired that sleep doesn’t help. I plan to not ever again build or rebuild my own house. If it ever comes down to it having to be done, I would hire a GC to do all of the things I have done.
This has been a long road for all of us and most of it wasn’t paved. To look back on what has been accomplished, we all really deserve a pat on the back. I would also like to thank you all for being on this journey with us. Thank you all for so many kind words and to those of you who have been my sounding board when I needed to iron out ideas, or vent my frustrations to get them out and move forward. I truly could not have accomplished all of this alone.
I have certainly learned way more than I ever thought I would. I didn’t even know I could retain this. I continue to learn everyday, and everyday I find more reasons that I really do enjoy what I do and the people that I work with. Some days are long and difficult. Not every person that we work with is awesome. Over all though, I couldn’t ask for a better place. The tiredness, the stress from the last year, and the gray hairs that are bound to be coming any second now, are all worth it.
We did it! The Rattlesnake has gone from being a sad house, completely unlivable, to being a bright and happy home that is just waiting for us to be there.
I hope you have enjoyed this journey with us! There will still be a few follow-ups along the way. Until next time, I hope you enjoy the pictures of the completed floors, a friendly neighbor, and me trying to figure out what to be for Halloween. This is Mandi and The Rattlesnake signing off.