When Sue and I began building our house, we knew that it would be a constant work in progress. I've often envied folks with the means or insight to wait until a house was absolutely finished to move in (do they really exist?). As time has worn on and projects get completed, I've come to see working on the house as sort of a boost to my sense of optimism. I love the moment when I get to step back and say "This is the best that it's ever been!"
Here's some before and afters of the kitchen project (doors and drawers yet to come)
It's not finished by a longshot, but just think of all the opportunities to revel in a new appreciation that I have left!
The countertop glows with the curl in the cherry, maybe I'll even set a sweating glass on it someday.