Renovations- Chapter 2

So…

We engaged an engineer who looked at the plans of our apartment and said that there was no problem in doing what we wanted to do. (My genetically programmed paranoia prevents me from being specific.) He has drawn up some plans that begin to address our needs. Since part of what we want to do involves stairs, we went to look at stairs yesterday with the intention of perhaps replacing our heavy, thick staircase with a lighter wood and metal one. We found some very nice options.

Since we are still struggling with the use of space, we are beginning to interview interior designers and the first came over this morning. She offered an option we hadn’t even thought of that makes a lot of sense. Of course she also thought that we should rid ourselves of those useless upper cabinets in the kitchen and open the wall up to windows across the entire side of the kitchen. When we explained that we liked to put our dishes and glassware away, she suggested we cut a hole in our dining room wall… which I had thought of, but because of the open plan of the living room/dining room/kitchen area and the window and sliding doors at the back of the room, there is almost no wall space as is…

I think that so far, aside from trying to reconcile two people’s priorities for what we need (my husband’s and mine) the hardest thing is the uncertainty. I haven’t even started and I’m already thinking:

Wake me when it’s over

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