The major project was helping our son with some remodeling and updating on his home. Logan bought his house at the perfect time. Four years ago the housing market in Phoenix, Arizona, had bottomed out and with the help of his mom (moi) he found an awesome deal. However, the house had been vacant a year and a half and was in dire need of some attention and TLC.
Upon initial move in, the house was given a good scrubbing and a little painting. The rest would need to wait until Logan could rebuild his savings. In our opinion, a young person purchasing their first property in their early twenties is quite an accomplishment, especially when you consider our son had absolutely NO financial help from us or anyone else. Hubby and I merely provided support and housing knowledge.
This visit, Al and I had a ton of fun spending our son’s money during this remodel phase. We laughed as we watched Logan stress out throughout the entire process. Is this what’s known as ‘pay back’?
Our son is rather frugal and hates spending money. Of course, I had a great time shopping with his credit card and going over budget. Even Al (who is not a shopper) had a fun time at IKEA and the many visits to either Home Depot or Lowe’s. We hadn’t realized there was part of us that kind of missed the housing industry. So much so, that Al and I jumped into remodel mode and took over. We felt this was perfect timing to educate the son on how to remodel. However in the middle of the project, Logan got very sick followed by an allergic reaction to some medication. That meant Al and I needed to step into overdrive. Besides, it was just a matter of time before the open road would be calling and those RV wheels would start moving. So the project needed to get done asap.
No complaints from us, as Al and I were in our element and having a grand time. This was a labor of love after all and nothing our son expected. As a matter of fact, he felt guilty not being well enough to contribute. Not a problem, he was after all supplying the funds and allowing his mommy to go shopping 🙂
Even though Logan spent more (well actually, I did the spending!) on the updates than originally budgeted, he couldn’t stop smiling by the time it was all said and done. Although he grew up around new construction and fix and flips, it was never his ultimate responsibility or his nickel until now. According to him, “All the stress was worth it in the end”.
Hmm, how many people does it take to change a light fixture? Obviously three!
Logan steady’s the ladder while Al climbs to the top of the ladder and plays electrician. I’m on the plant ledge as an extra set of hands. Team work at it’s best! Oh, and do note, the wall color is a lovely, creamy beige that took on a funny tint in the photos… grrrr. I’ll have a word with the photographer about that 😉
So what all was done? The majority of the interior was painted by professionals and supervised by hubby and me. All the carpet was replaced. The new carpet was purchased and installed by Lowe’s. BTW – We had a great experience dealing with the Scottsdale Lowe’s (Kevin at the Scottsdale Rd – Frank Lloyd Wright Rd location).
Logan and a couple of buddies moved out all the furniture and later replaced (we do draw the line at heavy lifting). Al and I removed and disposed of the old carpet and pad. I purchased and hubby installed EVERY light fixture inside and outside. I did some yard work; trimming plants
and adding pots. I painted bathroom vanity cabinets and Al installed hardware. Once the new carpet was installed, I went into decorator mode to pull it all together. I still have some things upstairs to tend to that I’ll address in the fall on our return to Phoenix.
We organized the garage (considering more than half the stuff in there is ours, it was the least we could do). There were a bunch more odds and ends that we did just not worth mentioning but also time-consuming.
If I had my druthers and a larger budget, the word “gut” would have been used. My son cringes with fear as he envisions his savings account deplete whenever I say I can’t wait to “gut” your kitchen or let’s “gut” that bathroom. “Take it down a notch, mom, take it down”, would be his response. I was also dying to replace all the furniture and have the exterior painted, but a young, straight guy in his twenties doesn’t much care about décor as long as he has a comfy place to crash in front of a big screen TV, he’s a happy camper. So take it down I did… darn those budgets 😦
We bid farewell to our son in Phoenix and the beautiful blooming saguaros last week. Not without lots of hugs, kisses, thanks, and enjoying more than one celebration which included plenty of cheesecake.
During our time in Phoenix, we celebrated Al’s birthday, Logan’s birthday, and Mother’s Day repeatedly. Come on, after all that hard work, a little play was needed.
And speaking of play, I can’t forget to mention my blogging pals. By hanging around Phoenix as long as we did, that offered me the opportunity to meet up with a couple of blogging gal pals.
Anne from the blog Vannilla and I finally managed to arrange a meet up. What a treat to finally meet and after a 3 hour lunch we parted ways with the promise to touch base again in the fall.
Nancy and I spent free admittance day at the Botanical Garden having way too much fun snapping away with our cameras.
And then I always have to meet my blogging friend Amy when we can find time in our busy schedules. Amy was the first blogger I met face to face. That was almost 3 years ago.