January 1, 2015 by Jean
Yesterday was move-in day! My contractor and one of his workers spent the morning installing the backsplash and cabinet hardware in the new bathroom, doing final touch-ups of paint, and cleaning every inch of the new space. The curtain that has separated the part of the house I am living in from the new construction was removed; then we took apart my bed and they moved it from the old bedroom into the new. Although they still have work to do outside, the interior space is essentially done!The view above is looking from my living room (part of the original house) into the new front entry and foyer, to the new master bedroom and bath beyond the foyer.
I have been having a wonderful time getting settled in the new bedroom. I have brought up two small chests of drawers that have been stored in the basement for months to act as nightstands, brought up a bookcase as well, hung pictures on the walls and put down scatter rugs on the floor, and then started moving clothes into the closets. It was a special treat to go to bed last night in this room with its enormous window and view of the night sky and an even greater pleasure to greet the New Year by waking up here for the first time this morning. And how nice to have room to do my morning stretching exercises without bumping into furniture and to go into a closet and get out clothes to wear without having to climb over boxes!
The new bathroom isn’t fully functional yet. The plumbing fixtures are all hooked up and working; but in my despair over whether the job would ever be done, I neglected to order accessories like towel rods, a toilet paper holder, or a vanity mirror. Those items should be delivered and installed in the next week or so, and then I will be able to celebrate by inaugurating my luxurious new shower.
I feel as though my life has suddenly gotten unstuck. I’m excited to take on all the various chores involved in moving into this new space. Today, I moved books into the bedroom bookcase, and tomorrow I will put together a set of glass shelves to make a home for houseplants in the bedroom. I’m also eager to get moving on the long list of projects to reconfigure other rooms in my house. Now that the bed is out of the room that will become my new study, I can begin work on that transformation. It’s time to buy a gallon of the paint color I picked out for the walls in this room. Once the walls are painted, I can assemble the wall of floor-to-ceiling bookcases that have been sitting in boxes on the floor for weeks. Then I can move my desk into place and transfer my computer, printer and files into this room. The area rug for the room and the desk chair can be brought up from the cellar, pictures hung on the walls, and many boxes of books unpacked. And once this room is functioning as a study, I’ll be able to transform the small room that has served as a study for the past 25 years into a combination guest room and sewing room.
All of these interior projects will keep me plenty busy through the winter. But even as I do all this, I can also dream about designs for the new front garden that I will begin working on next spring.
Today is the first official day of my retirement, and it feels like the first day of my bright, shiny new life as a retiree!