Taking on a project the size and scope of “building a house” has some interesting side effects. There are the ones you would expect, like the persistent trail of sawdust you end up leaving wherever you go, and then there are some that are a bit more surprising.
What I’m struggling with right now is that some of my smaller accomplishments don’t feel nearly as satisfying as the bigger projects did. I mean, painting a wall is great… but creating a wall from scratch? Much more satisfying. So basically this house is exactly like that smart kid in school who ruined the grading curve for everyone, except I can’t retaliate by giving the house a wedgie.
Part of the reason behind my “Five at a Time” project rule was to create a little artificial motivation to finishing these smaller less-exiting (but no less important) projects. I also have high hopes that it will help me make better use of the scant 168 hours we’re allotted each week to get everything done.
Here’s how the current list is coming along:
- Finish labeling and filling my new spice jars and then pack them away until I have a kitchen to put them in. – DONE
- Draw 4 more tiny planets and finish up this frame. – DONE
- Prime and paint the kitchen. – DONE
- Poly and re-hang the doors to the master bath. – 2 Down, 2 To Go
- Finish Doors for master bath vanity.
- Finish tile around master bath tub and fireplace.
- Finish tile counter in mom’s bathroom.
- Finish chandelier makeover for friend’s closet. – DONE
- Hang door trim in bathrooms.
- Assemble the second PB inspired pinboard I cut all of the parts for.
For anyone who is counting that’s 5 (and a half) projects left, and technically I only need to finish 2 of them before I can start a new one. Vying for that spot are a couple of projects you might have heard me mention before….
Building a bed using plumbing parts.
This thing will end up being heavy enough that I’ll have to enlist Atlas for help whenever I end up moving, so my practical nature is warring with the fact that I really want to build this thing. My saving grace will be if one of these other projects sounds more compelling.
I’m actually in desperate need of a new work space, and I’ve been talking about building this thing for a while, but I haven’t nailed down the exact look of it yet and you never want to jump in with the tools until you at least have an idea of what you want it to look like. (There’s never a guarantee it will actually turn out that way, but it’s a good start.)
Telling the Memorial House story.
While limiting myself on the number of lumber-and-tools projects I have going on at any given time is good for space and sanity reasons, I give myself free reign when it comes to taking pictures and writing– which is great for creativity, but probably not so good when it comes to not looking like a zombie every day.
Aside from writing content for this website, BobVila.com, and The Family Handyman, at any given time I’ve got at least two or three other creative writing projects going on in the background. Several months ago I started writing the story of building this house… not for an actual book or anything as fancy as that, but so that as things change and I move on to other projects the story of what we’ve done here doesn’t get lost.
So I didn’t break my rule and start a new project, but I did let myself put together a couple of “page” mockups so it could inform how I write the story.