Thursday, September 4, 2008

How to renovate while in a relationship

I think some people are baffled by the fact that I am heading up this renovation, not my husband. Contractors come to the house and ask wearily if I can make decisions. Um, yeah, it's not 1922. It's like this, I am doing 95% of the work, so I get to make 95% of the decisions. Which, is good and bad. Also, I like this stuff. Dan, not so much. Then, there is the handy factor. While I love him dearly he is not the handiest guy I know. Now, he can certainly do a few things, but he mainly just doesn't like it. Destruction, yes. Putting together a 220-piece grill, no. Also, he could really care less about the details of a kitchen backsplash and the fine measurements of how in the world we are going to get a built in china cabinet in the dining room area. The contractors, the plans, the budget, they are all big headaches. So, when it comes down to it I figure out all the hassles (and get to pick out all the accesories!) and then we finalize the plans together. It really works out great.

He makes a perfect steak, kicks my ass in tennis, is an amazing journalist, and would give you the shirt of his back. That's why I am lucky to have him as my buddy through this renovation adventure.

Happy 3 year anniversary hun!

Love, your wife, Ben


Jennifer said...

:) I call most of the shots around my house renovation, too... haven't baffled a contractor YET.

Congratulations on 3 years! That's exciting.

HomeImprovementNinja said...

I think I should get married so my wife can make all the decisions and finish the house. I'm sick of it.

Daniel said...

Love you, too, hon. And happy anniversary. But I'm pretty sure I saw a typo in your blog post, since I recall we agreed to a 99-to-1-percent work-to-no-work-split, with 25 percent decision-making authority. Right?

AmericnJewl said...

Aw! And happy anniversary!

renovation + adventure = renoventure?

NV said...

Happy belated anniversary! sounds like my kind of dude.

You really haven't lived though 'til you've done renovation work with your MOTHER who has lots of ideas -- even great ideas -- but when it comes to implementing them, not the best or most realistic plans. :-)

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  • Blood Blisters: 2
  • Splinters under fingernail: 1
  • Bird Shit on me: 1
  • Eye Injuries: 3
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  • Falls off ladder: 0 (this is because we don't have a ladder yet)
  • Headaches: too many to itemize
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  • Electric Shocks: 2
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