Visit the city...any city near you or in my case, Boston. How stunning is this view in Southie even on a cold New England day? "Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind" and this city totally inspires me to follow this motto.
My dad, Frank, is the general contractor, property manager, and project manager (jack-of-all-trades) for a local property management & development firm, Foxcroft Inc. based in Quincy, MA. The firm sought out this residential flip in Southie with full force last year. Dad led the construction team as they dug underground to lower the basement floor to create two bi-level condo units. The units are pretty impressive and will be STUNNING when finished. Kitchen cabinets are just about fully installed and ready for counters and backsplash. I recommended the units be painted in Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore (except the top unit master in Cumulous Cloud BM) and I'm glad we went with those choices because it's fresh and bright. Lighting is going up and flooring and tile have been ordered and will be installed soon. In my assisting with design decisions, my goal has been to bring back some of the historical integrity of the building at the same time adding some modern touches to appeal to today's potential renter. We've also had to keep in mind the durability of the flooring, tile, and countertops to limit the effects of long-term wear and tear. I'm learning so much as I always do when working with my dad. As I've worked with him over the years, he has given me much knowledge about the actuality of construction projects. Though it's nice to dream about the potential of a space, it's important to know the reality of what can be done and how much it will cost.
Often times I hear from friends about how long a demo and install took or how frustrated they were with a remodel. Whether it's a DIY project or you're working with a contractor, if you've been through this same frustration, I encourage you to take a deep breath, be patient, and focus on the end product you know you'll have for years to come. This short term pain “too shall pass”– like childbirth– haha! Am-I-right, ladies? Yikes.
I know many of my Massachusetts friends do not have electricity after the storm last night so everyone in New England: wishing you all safety and warmth and a quick return of power!