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bathroom! - Karen's Musings
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Our bathroom is finished. I just paid the final invoice for it, and now I want to cry. Except that the bathroom is so amazing that it was *almost* worth every penny.

At some point I'll take and post some pictures. I don't know when.

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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kressel From: kressel Date: February 7th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)

An electrician who once did work on my house said it's always worthwhile to spend money on improvements. First, you'll enjoy them, and then, when you finally sell, the house will be worth more. Granted, he had a vested interest in giving this advice, but I think it's good. After forking over all that money, you might as well enjoy what you paid for.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 7th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I know. Were it not for my dream of greater equity, I wouldn't be willing to fork over this kind of cash. Bleh.

Anyway, it's gorgeous. Hopefully the rest of the basement will be just as nice someday.
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: February 7th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Repeat this mantra:

"For every dollar I spend on the bathroom, I will get three dollars back in equity."

It's true. Every time you look at the invoice and want to weep, just repeat that mantra. You've made a good investment in your future, plus you have a nice place to, um, relax. (Yeah, relax, that's the word I was looking for!) ;-)

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 7th, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
you don't make back $3 per dollar on a bathroom, generally. But we'll at least make our money back plus a little more. Fortunately, we're in an area which seems to refuse to stop rising in terms of property values. So no matter what we do to the house, we'll more than make our money back in the long run. I just hate spending that kind of money on anything.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 7th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Probably true in your area. I was thinking of Seattle, where real estate costs have been skyrocketing for the past 20 years. We're due for a major market correction, and we're starting to see a slowdown in appreciation for the first time in ages.

What I hate spending money on is things like foundation repairs and electrical stuff. You pay a fortune, and you can't even *see* anything different. If the changes were pretty, I'd probably be more OK with it. Nothing is more depressing than paying $4,000 to dig up and replace a sewer line. :-(

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 7th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
In my specific area, property values have also been skyrocketing out of control. It's a very in-demand area. But that's WITHOUT doing anything to increase the value of the house. In the year and a half we've been in the house, our house has likely gone up in value by about $200-250K. That's about 50%. But that would have happened even if we had repaired nothing. The specific improvements increase the value of the house for sure, but my understanding is that bathroom remodels get you back your money, but not drastically above what you put into them.
magid From: magid Date: February 7th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Congrats on the redone bathroom! The bill hurts now, but that will soon pass, and the happiness of having it done will stay with you far longer :-).

And completely off topic: a post by my friend FJ links to a news article that has a possible new treatment for migraines. (The news story is in Dutch, which is why the link is to his post.)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 7th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
it really is gorgeous. I'd be happier if it were a gorgeous kitchen, though. But the kitchen would have been three times as expensive and we didn't have the money for it. Le Sigh. Someday.

Re: the migraines... thanks for the link. The heart defect he refers to is called a patent foramen ovale, which I have. I've seen several studies in the US which show similar results, but they're all preliminary and doctors really are hesitant to do the surgery without some other compelling reason. Since generally the defect causes no problems (indeed, it generally goes undetected), doctors don't like to fix it unless there's some other serious risk factor for heart disease. Sigh. My primary doctor (actually nurse practitioner) agrees with me that it's worth a shot just based on her few patients who have had the surgery, but my cardiologist does not.
magid From: magid Date: February 7th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
The gorgeous kitchen will come... sometime when you have good options for not having a kitchen :-)

Major sigh for reluctant doctors. I can't imagine the pain you live with on a regular basis, and if you're willing to do the surgery, well, I wish you could get it.

(I wonder if there isn't more migraine work in the US because too many people see them as 'just another kind of headache' or something else equally stupid (in addition to the 'female problem' part of it).)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 7th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the migraine research in the US is driven by a few factors. The first is, if you don't get migraines, you can't think of them as anything but "just a headache". The second is that for decades it was considered "just another woman thing." Also, scientiests have failed to come to a concensus on what causes migraines. Since they can't agree on a physiological cause, preventing them all together is easier said than done. Plus, it meant that migraines got stuck in a pile of possible mentaThese are the two factors that have limited research.

The fourth, which actually works in it's favor, is economics. There are millions of migraine sufferers, which means it's economically feasible to fund research for drug therapies. The next miracle drug for migraines will surely make a pharmaceutical company a lot of money.

The truth is that all the new migraine drugs that have come out on the market in the past few years have all been in the same class of drug, which doesn't help me because I'm contraindicated from taking any of that class of drugs. So I'm all for research that looks at underlying physiological factors which can be addressed.
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: February 7th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
At some point I'll take and post some pictures.

heh - I'll believe it when I see pics of the b-day cake. ;-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 7th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
well, pictures HAVE been taken of the birthday cake. They're just still on my camera. Pictures have not yet been taken of the bathroom.
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