I know that many of us, including myself, love to watch home makeover shows. There is something about seeing these homes transformed from something barely livable or even mediocre, become AMAZING that keep us coming back for more.
I mean who hasn’t wanted Chip and Joanna Gaines to come demo their house since they came onto the scene a few years ago? I admit, though, that sometimes I find myself rolling my eyes when they find “a problem” after barely beginning the renovation. Inevitably, they find an issue that always costs the homeowner thousands of extra dollars. It just feels scripted as every single house has some ridiculous problem that suddenly turned up just when construction began. Now, obviously this little irritation is not something that would keep me from tuning in, it’s just slightly…unbelievable.
As it turns out, we are preparing to embark on a basement finish in our home. We haven’t even officially begun construction and we already have problems. It started last week when we noticed our trees and plants out back were struggling to survive the heat. Our landscaping is only a year old so losing these freshly planted beauties is not an option. The landscaper spent several hours at our house on Tuesday to determine the cause. After scouring the yard and digging up a lot of the irrigation he and my hubby came up with four possible scenarios:
4) an animal chewed the irrigation hose
On Friday morning we woke up to a leak in the basement. I know what you are thinking, but this leak was nowhere near where my hubby had been working. We followed the water only to find that our 15-year-old refrigerator/freezer had malfunctioned and was leaking water. The leak had made its way through the wood floors and into the basement. Somehow the thought of a new refrigerator was more palatable than a whole house plumbing issue. We pulled the refrigerator out, put the tubes into a bucket to drain and the hubby promised to fix it later that night. Meanwhile, I started the dishwasher and jumped in the shower. Even in the shower I could hear the pipes hammering downstairs. Apparently, we had not fixed the problem.
Friday evening, the hubby fixed the refrigerator (hopefully) and continued working on the pipes. We made no headway.
What is our current status after 5 days?
Chip, Joanna, I know you are quitting the show and you just had another baby, but if you’re reading this…WE NEED YOU!