September 27, 2011
Photo: Keller & Keller
“So many decisions, so little time.” That’s been our motto throughout this project. While Joe and I like to think of ourselves as decisive people who are efficient and agile in our decision making, I’m not sure if our self assessment is as accurate as we might think. There are SO MANY decisions to be made here! As avid do-it-yourselfers, we thought we knew what to expect. But we were wrong.
Apparently, working on a bathroom update that takes over 1.5 years to complete—which we once did amid many other small projects—is not the same as tackling the major projects we are managing right now. For our DIY bathroom renovation, we essentially had 18 months to make about four decisions (wall color, toilet type, fixtures, flooring), but the timeline and scope of this project are a bit different. Tom and his team work fast, which means we need to make decisions fast. And so we've discovered every possible Web site out there for quality reviews (Consumer Reports tops that list, but there are countless others). We've also managed to find all the showrooms within 10 miles of our home, and the short list of people we know who have already done this. All of these resources have been a huge help.
Above is a recent photograph of Joe and I with the TOH team trying to figure out what to do with some of our salvaged wood (the results of those decisions will be revealed in an upcoming issue of This Old House magazine). Believe me, Joe and I both appreciate how exciting and fun this all is. After all, while choosing the right countertops and appliances is a big deal and all, it’s not like we're trying to achieve world peace. Thinking about it this way always helps us keep perspective.