I HATE renovations

Boy I tell ya, I sure don’t miss my old career involving renovating houses. I’m helping a friend out with his big reno. It’s coming along nicely, thanks to his contractor, but every time something goes wrong or someone drops the ball, I just shake my head and thank god it’s not my project. This photo was taken more than a month ago now. That long board on the floor is a big ol’ LVL beam that’s about to replace a bearing wall that once divided the kitchen from the dinning room. It’s up now, along with the drywall, and it won’t be long before the finishes are in place. It’s going to be gorgeous. I plan to take photos of the finished product when the time comes. Can’t wait.

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7 Responses to I HATE renovations

  1. aswirly says:

    You don’t like Renovations? Why?? WHHHHYYYYY? They’re such fun. Ok, I guess I can see how after awhile you could come to despise them. lol. Can’t wait to see the finished project.

    • davecandoit says:

      Actually, the creative side of it I don’t mind. It’s dealing with all the idiots that drives me crazy. I used to joke that my job was to try to forecast how someone on the crew might drop the ball next, and then try to figure out how to stop it before it happens. Joking aside, I don’t have the heart for it anymore. It drains me like nothing else in my life.

      As an aide, I’m going in for an interview on Monday for a Construction Inspector job for a public sector utility. I likely won’t get it, but if I do the pay and benefits are remarkable, as you can imagine. The irony is it will push me away from what I want to do with the rest of my life back toward something I swore I’d never do again.

      • aswirly says:

        Oh 😦 I’d wish you luck on the interview, but… maybe it’s best not to get it? Tough. sigh… Even the best of jobs often become a drain. That’s one of the reasons why I’m very selective about what photo work I take. Too much kills the passion 😦

  2. milkayphoto says:

    Aaaaah, the lure of the renovation. Everytime we do one, we swear we won’t do another but then, we see the results and damn, if we are already planning the next one!

    Even from this photo I can already see what a spectacular place this is gonna be. Can’t wait to see the ‘after’ shots!

    Hey, good luck on the job interview! Look at this way…if you get it, it will help fund the ‘future Dave’…you know, that really awesome, totally famous photog that will make millions…. 🙂

    • davecandoit says:

      LOL, thanks, but I’d be very happy with just hundreds of thousands, actually. I don’t like to be too greedy. 🙂

      My buddy who works there and has been instrumental in trying to get me the job dropped off a huge binder to study over the weekend that should help me on Monday. The thing is, the chances are still very slim. This is a really great union gig and you can bet plenty of others at the utility are trying to get their buddies and family members in too. If I do get the gig, I’ll do my best to make it work. If I don’t, well, I don’t know what I’ll do. I know for the most part photography isn’t a big money maker, unless you’re famous and at the top of your game. Me, I still have sooo much to learn. Oh well, one day at a time, right?

  3. lynnwiles says:

    So do I – but what I really hate is water damage ruining memories of one’s past life.

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