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Old 05-07-2008, 07:21 AM   #141
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Ahhh but Pancho you get kudos for dealing with it! You're still pluggin away in the kitchen, just think how much you'll love it when its finished!
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Old 05-07-2008, 10:29 AM   #142
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If we ever got everything we wanted, we'd end up bored, right? Nice to have something to work towards...looks like what you have is pretty functional, and you've got some really nice cookware. Thanks for sharing it with us - I'm sure it will be beautiful when you get it done....
LOL true karen I am looking foward to gutting it.All those pots are out drying on the stove after the chicken poach and potato salad making. I have alot more but it is all in storage right now... I am looking foward to getting my griswolds and knives on display.

The thing that drives me the most crazy (of all the aweful things) is the tiny window and the solid door cant wait to get a nice big window and a door with some glazing in there so I can see my tomatillos etc. They fortressed in the house. You can see the dining room window covered up in one photo too it was behind a wall covered with paneling and plastered over. I mean security is important but I can't live in a cave.
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:38 PM   #143
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If we ever got everything we wanted, we'd end up bored, right?

Oh Karen, Karen, Karen .......

You must not understand the DIYer.

When a contractor does the job it gets done, there is an end.

For the DIYer there is no end. No matter how much gets done and finished there is always something else that can stand a changing. Either minor or severe.

I'm afraid to start something new because it always leads to something more.

It's imposable to get everything we want because there is NEVER an END! NEVER!!! NEVEAHAHAHhAAhaHAHAAHahaahAHAAhaahahaah ....

I need a drink ...
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:12 PM   #144
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Y'all lucky, you have dishwashers, i dont have one, but when i get married, ill have a new washer machine and dishwasher, i just dont know her name yet. Kinda an all in one package. Buy one get one free type of thing.
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Old 05-13-2008, 07:41 PM   #145
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Oh Karen, Karen, Karen .......

You must not understand the DIYer.

When a contractor does the job it gets done, there is an end.

For the DIYer there is no end. No matter how much gets done and finished there is always something else that can stand a changing. Either minor or severe.

I'm afraid to start something new because it always leads to something more.

It's imposable to get everything we want because there is NEVER an END! NEVER!!! NEVEAHAHAHhAAhaHAHAAHahaahAHAAhaahahaah ....

I need a drink ...
Not to mention, once you've "finished" all the rooms, it's time to start over again ... re-painting, re-finishing floors, re-decorating after 10 years of the same stuff, etc.
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Old 05-13-2008, 08:07 PM   #146
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For some strange reason these last couple of posts make me feel better... Like... I am not alone out there... that this is all perfectly normal... cool... ;)
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Old 05-13-2008, 08:33 PM   #147
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Oh Karen, Karen, Karen .......

You must not understand the DIYer.

When a contractor does the job it gets done, there is an end.

For the DIYer there is no end. No matter how much gets done and finished there is always something else that can stand a changing. Either minor or severe.
Reading this (and others') response, I can attest that DH and I are genuine DIYs. And in Mexico, hiring a contractor does not assure that "there is an end." Sometimes, it is just a beginning!

We've been working on our house for almost two years - latest project? To add an upstairs. Houses in Mexico are constructed of bricks, cement and stucco. There is always rebar sticking out the top so that another story can be added as resources become available - there are no home equity loans and few mortgages here, so everyone just pays cash as they can afford it. We started with building a set of stairs to the roof, and the second picture shows the cement pumper truck laying the roof in the forms.The far right shows what our house looks like today - DH is just finishing the plumbing upstairs so that another layer of cement can be poured in the bathroom (that's right - they just bury the plumbing in the cement!) Then comes electricity, windows and floor tiles. Oh - and paint!



THEN, we get to start on the landscaping. Whew.........
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:21 AM   #148
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Oh Karen, Karen, Karen .......

You must not understand the DIYer.

When a contractor does the job it gets done, there is an end.

For the DIYer there is no end. No matter how much gets done and finished there is always something else that can stand a changing. Either minor or severe.

I'm afraid to start something new because it always leads to something more.

It's imposable to get everything we want because there is NEVER an END! NEVER!!! NEVEAHAHAHhAAhaHAHAAHahaahAHAAhaahahaah ....

I need a drink ...
LOL Wart my house is definintley driving me to drink!

Everything you say is true.... with the exception of the contractor thing.... you need to edit that statement with a "good" or "Reliable"

Getting closer to my kitchen.... ripped up the floor boards in the room above it last night. Need to sister some joints and hopefully saturday I can dump my truck and pick up some new wood and install the new sub floor.

One thing I had to do was give up on deadlines or dates and just do what I can when I can.
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:32 AM   #149
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Oh, Karen, your house looks beautiful, even under construction. I love the colours and shapes of the architecture in Mexico. So alive, and artistic, like your paintings!
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:19 AM   #150
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Thanks, Laurie. Mexico is definitely inspiring...just a different kind of place. When we head back north for a visit, everything looks so colorless and boring. I can't figure out why a place like Portland, OR (where we moved from) has so many gray and white and beige houses, when it rains so much that something bright would be so welcome.
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