Having Fun At The Elm Loft Project

“Never underestimate the importance of having fun” – Randy Pausch.  We’ve been working like crazy since mid-July on our loft project.  Almost every single night and as much time as possible on the weekend.  But we decided when we started this project – we were going to have fun!

Our current status

As you can see, we are still working on framing the walls.  I really thought we could complete this part of the project in 2 weeks.  Ha!  It’s been almost 4.  I’m happy to say we are almost finished.  I’m nervous & excited to say our framing inspector is coming on Tuesday.  We’ve followed code and I’m sure it will all be just fine.

The piles of lumber are getting much smaller!

Once we pass our inspection, we’re ready to move on with our electrical and plumbing.  I can’t even imagine not having to run down 2 flights of stairs to use the bathroom!  It will be awesome!  And having outlets where you need them, instead of running a heavy-duty extension cord will be great too!

Within the next 2 weeks our replacement windows should be about ready to go in.  The HVAC should be going in soon.  We need to finalize our kitchen design.  We have doors that need to be refinished/painted.  Are we going to use some barn door hardware for some of our doors?  The bathroom sink needs to be cleaned and possibly refinished.  The master bathroom vanity needs to be designed and built.  And the list goes on and on.  But that’s what we signed up for and we are loving every dang minute!

Insert fun here

One of the first things we do when we start work is turn on the music.  We always have music going and we love it!  Brian has just started with a new band The Valcoes, so we’ve been listening to all the songs he’ll be doing with them.  A great mix of rock n roll!

This past weekend, we had the pleasure of having one of our grand kids “helping” us.  Little Leo had the most fun!  The first thing he did was take off his shirt and put it with Nandad’s shirt!  (It’s been so hot working, Brian mostly works without a shirt.)

Leo learned to ride the trike.  He rode all over the place, giggling and having so much fun.

Leo riding a very old trike!

At one point I gave him some blocks of wood to see what he would do with them.  Here’s one of his creations.

Look at that concentration!

He asked if we had a measuring tape.  I found an extra one and here’s what he did with it.

He even drew lines on his scraps of wood and pretended they were cut!

And then I told him he could write on any of the wood he wanted to.  Just not the floor.  I thought he would write on the framed walls but instead he started writing on a pile of lumber.

My advice for you – try to have a little fun in all that you do!  Whether it’s working on a remodeling project, working at your job/career, doing chores or whatever – try to find some fun in what you do!

Thanks for joining our journey!


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