Remodels & Additions are Like Aging

Even the dogs have had enough!

I just came to the realization that our home remodel and addition project has been a lot like the aging process: The longer both go on the more things that I used to be able to do that I no longer can do, everything is more of a challenge, costs soar, it’s harder to get around, and everything takes longer than expected.

Seventeen months and counting. 20% over budget and 42% past deadline.

All of that said, I’m grateful to still be able to age and to improve our home. I’m well aware that many can do neither. We’re blessed.

After living with my clothes in boxes that have been moved many times since the project started, today for the first time I was able to put something away that is likely to stay where it is. I put a whole drawerful of clothes in a bureau. It was only one drawer and the bureau is still going to be moved multiple additional times before the project is done, but the clothes in that drawer won’t need to be transferred again. It felt like a major milestone had been reached. I heard choirs of angels singing and triumphant trumpets blaring as I celebrated the moment. Sometimes the small things in life can feel huge.

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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13 Responses to Remodels & Additions are Like Aging

  1. Relatable! First time getting to put toilet paper in the new bathroom part of the remodel was pretty incredible.

  2. Mrs. P says:

    But think of all the character development you’ve been able to experience…I’m sure that somehow, somewhere…that might come in handy in one of your books/ stories. 😁

  3. ksbeth says:

    one small step for a man…….

    • russtowne says:

      …one giant leap for Dogkind. The poor dogs have been shuffled from room to room and inside and outside as the work proceeds. They’ll likely be very happy when the work is done. I believe the Final Inspection is likely to happen within two weeks. Getting close…

  4. utesmile says:

    By the time all is finished you won’t need the space as you have learnt to live in a small space…. 🙂 You are getting close, your dogs will be jumping for joy…. with you probably!

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