My daughter LOVES animals....and part of her trip to Africa as a vet student was to study the effect of humans and the environment on the fragile species of Tanzania. So, a bamboo flooring called 'Tiger Stripe' was fairly appropriate. And, so it was. The wood was purchased and a very old Toyota Van was used to carry it over to the house.
|1992 Toyota Van comes through for a TON of flooring!|
We both decided we would make it a surprise, because HONESTLY, we didn't think it could be pulled off in the time there was left before she got home. Many other projects were done first, but her fiance's grandfather died during the time period my daughter was away, so approximately 2 weeks was lost in dealing with a very difficult situation. AND, he really wanted to do it himself.....for reasons to be explained shortly.
Carpet nearly 10 years old had to be removed, along with padding, carpet tacking, and dust and dirt. The floors had to be prepped and primed for the big project. Besides all of this, we painted the entire place, replaced all faucets, toilets, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, garbage disposal, fans in bathrooms. All blinds were removed and replaced with wood blinds. All closets were re-organized....a BIG PROJECT....more in another blog post!
|It was difficult to imagine at this point how it would ever be done!|
|At the bottom of this photograph is where the KEYSTONE board was placed. |
|Small spaces to work for a BIG-HEARTED project|
In the meantime, one of my other daugther's back went out and I had to take her to the emergency room. We spent the next week at appointment with an orthopedic surgeon and other specialists to help ease the pain and figure out a course of action. Poor 'C' was abandoned for the week--NOT that I was laying any boards, but an occasional 'That looks AWESOME' always helps and I could only call w/ encouragement and support. He was also WORKING his job during this time and managing two dogs and 1 cat in my daughter's absence.
|A tedious and labor intensive job; i.e. 20 HOURS|
On Aug. 9, 'C' had to leave on a business trip--literally HOURS prior to his leaving, he finished the project. He was to return home on Aug. 11, the SAME day my daughter returned from AFRICA, so there was NO more time to finish anything else. The floor HAD to be finished prior to his leaving. I could clean up, straighten up, move furniture, etc. but the brute work was to be done prior to the trip. On Monday, Aug, 9, I hugged 'C' good-bye and looked around.....ok, I can do this. I will put into another blog some of the projects that took place in the two days prior to their return, but I want to get to the good parts of this amazing story.
On Aug. 11, I received a text from 'C' who told me that he arrived safely back to the airport and had my daughter in his car and they were headed home. Now I had 1 hour and 30 minutes until the 'reveal' as he called it. It was time for the 'move that bus' portion of extreme home makeover.
|I put a few of her favorite things on the mantle: live bamboo, a picture of the two of them, candles, and a giraffe, symbolic of her recent journey and life accomplishment|
|The door she's going to come through|
|The dogs anticipate her arrival....|
'C' slipped a note under a rug near the keystone board. When my daughter came in, she was stunned--tears came streaming down her face. A new 'look' to their home- to start their life together as a married couple. He pointed to the note on the floor and she bent down to pick it up.
|It's good....really good....|
He stood near her as she read his message and looked at the photographs of the keystone board that he took prior to laying the board into the floor.
|His foot points to the keystone board as she is reading his note.|
Lots of 'ohs' came from her lips as she read; she was deeply touched by his message and felt the powerful strength of his love in the work he had done while she was away.
The wedding is in approximately 3 weeks....I think they are off to a good, solid, sustainable start...