We have a house full of contractors doing contractor stuff. I forgot how annoying it is. I’m up early to get the cats fed. Once people are in the house, the cats are in hiding except for Gus who supervises from the top of his cat tree.
The guys know it’s annoying so they try hard to lessen it. They put their generator outside the house along with all the sawing and dirty stuff but it’s not like having a quiet house.
Here are some things I noticed.
There is a smell to new construction. It’s part wet spackle, spackle dust and newly sawed wood. It’s lot of bodies sweating in a heat wave. It’s farts and garlic from lunch. It’s a unique smell and I recognized it immediately.
Everyone gets along. They laugh and (somewhat) kindly correct each other. No swearing (or at least not much). I have had crews that screamed at each other all day and that’s not fun for the customer crouching in another room.
The damn radio. With the generator buzzing and hammers going, why does anyone need a radio? It’s just more noise. No one is singing along and mostly there are commercials for cars that are not available (someone needs to explain that to me).
We are at the point where there is noticeable progress. The beloved husband’s music room (henceforth known as the conservatory!) has walls and electricity. It may have doors today! Pictures when its done.
My advice to anyone doing this is to go on vacation. Stay at the beach until it’s done! You will be much happier.