A friend told me this morning about a NY Times article she read, about the Giffels family from Akron, Ohio, that reminded her of me and sent me the links. The couple, David and Gina Giffels, had bought an almost-condemned home in Akron 12 years before and had spent the years following attempting to restore the house to its former glory. David, a columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal, wrote a book about the process that was published last year.
The article had an accompanying slideshow of pictures, and while his 1913 Tudor house with six fireplaces and a solarium has almost nothing in common with my kitschy little 1950s Ranch, the before and after effects were still very, very awesome.
Some of my favorite tips of his from the story, which have definitely proven true so far, are:
- “Be cognizant of the fact the last 10 percent of any project takes as long as the first 90 percent — it’s all in the details.”
- “Allow yourself to believe that some things can wait, even if you don’t believe it.”
- “Do not begin one project until you finish another.”
I’m really excited to find and read his book. Have you found any extreme renovations on the web? Show them to me!