My Home Building Experience
When I started building my new home in the Village of Lake Hallie, I was told that I would find out that the construction process would be taxing on my mind. There is no question that I experienced some negative moments, but I can honestly say that I ended the project in a mostly pleasant state of mind because I was fortunate to have good friends help me along the way.
Prior to the home building experience, I had only been to Menards a grand total of three or four times in the past 20 years. I am not much of a handyman, so I usually relied on others to purchase the necessary supplies to complete any home improvement project. I can now proudly state that I know where almost everything is located at a Menards store since I visited the business about three times a week for about a five-week span. (Keep in mind, I never went to the store without asking at least three questions!)
As the construction schedule began to wind down, I found that I had purchased excess parts and products that were needed to complete the project. For example, I have four extra door knobs, some with locks and keys and some without. I own more plywood than I ever thought I would have in my possession. And, I have at least 40 extra decorative oak wood accessories called rosettes, which are the two-inch-by-two-inch wood pieces that carpenters use primarily in the corners of door and window frames to cover up any potential blemishes. Plus they look really cool.
Now that I am all moved into my new establishment, I can keep all of my extra building items in storage. Fortunately, I have a number of friends who work in the construction trade who may need to purchase some of my excess material as they proceed with their future residential projects. But I really don't need all of the rosettes. So, I hope that the first 40 trick-or-treaters don't get offended when they receive a large bag of candy and a small decorative piece of wood this Halloween. This way, the children in the neighborhood will remember who the new homeowner is. And hopefully they will think he is really cool.