Deb's Vlog

A weary, early morning update


I’m a terrible sleeper at the best of times, but I’ve recently discovered how much this project is affecting my sleep. Watch my video blog below for the latest update.

I’m constantly waking up in the middle of the night and realising things I’ve forgotten to do. I’ll start thinking about things like whether to change the island bench in the kitchen. I’ll get up and write things down or start thinking about all the other things that I still have to organise.

For instance, this afternoon I’m about to sign off on the deposit for two massive sliding doors I’m installing on the ocean side and the west side of the house. I’ve decided to spend more money on what I feel are the two most important doors of the house. They are beautiful and will be the doors I’ll use the most, touch the most and will be framing my views. They’ll be coming from Italy, so the risk is whether they’ll arrive in time. I’m also locking in all the other last-minute things with the architect and builder, on floorplans, costings, etc

In a few days’ time we have to move out, so I’m packing madly and deciding what will go into storage and what to take to the rental house. One of the things people have advised is, stay closely involved with the project, visit site every day, be available to answer questions that might crop up. Well I took that really literally and negotiated with my neighbour to rent their house and move right next door! I’ll be putting up with the noise from my own build.

I’m still going through a lot of details like the fixtures and fittings that I haven’t decided on or still getting prices on. I’m really hoping once demolition has finished there will be a bit of a break from the madness before the next stage. I’ve said it before, but I’m finding it rather overwhelming.

I’ve felt a bit stupid talking to the builders as it’s become obvious there is a language barrier for me with the builders’ jargon. They keep asking me questions on things like slabs and set-downs – things I have no idea about. I just tell them I’ll go with their best judgment. I’ve always said ‘you don’t know what you don’t know,’ well I’ve learned I don’t know a lot – but I AM learning a lot. Unlike most people’s first renovation, I’ve taken on a massive project demolishing half my house!

I’m heading to the gym to try to work off some stress. Then it’s more packing and sorting. The countdown is on.

Are you struggling with sleep too?

Here are 5 tips from Balance experts on how to get better sleep:

  1. Turn off phones, TV and screens at least an hour before bed
  2. Do 20min exercise outside a day
  3. Try not to drink coffee after midday
  4. Make your bedroom a sanctuary
  5. Listen to a meditation before bed

Top 5 reasons why people have a terrible sleep


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