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Diary of a Mad Renovator: We (Don't) Have Lift-off

Written by Jaqui Lividini

This week we went to visit our cottage, anticipating it being suspended ten feet in the air. Surprise, surprise, we found it still very much grounded (literally). Because really, things can never go smoothly at this point, right? That would go against everything this blog has been about!

The problem, we discovered, is that the house is set on a stone foundation, causing the lifters to determine that it would be cleaner to lift it from the middle rather than the bottom. So now there are rows and rows of huge steel beams going through my sweet seaside cottage. Actually, the inside looks less like a house now and more like a tic-tac-toe board. My crackerjack team at Design Development determined this was the most efficient process. I thought after finally getting the permits the lifting would be painless; wow, was this renovator wrong.

The beams run through walls and windows throughout the house

As you know, the house is old.  It's been around since 1901, so they really had to be delicate. Sadly, there were a couple of casualties: The staircase gave out when they put the steel beams through the house. I can't help but think that my dream house is completely vacant and vulnerable right now. All the shrubbery and stones surrounding the house had to be cleared to make room for the lifting equipment, giving the house a spooky abandoned feeling–more nightmare than dream.

So finally (we're told), today's the day they're lifting, and we'll see how it turned out on Saturday when we go back to take a look. It's a scary thing, almost like when a person you love goes into surgery. It may sound dramatic, but let's face it, this house has been a long...long, labor of love.

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