Water Damage, Demolition, and Where We Go From Here

Over the weekend, while Robert and I were in the living room folding laundry, we heard Olivia yell from the front of the house, “Mom! Dad! There’s water coming out of the walls!”

We ran to find the drywall in our stairway bubbling out with water pouring down the stairs.

I immediately felt my stomach drop as Robert ran to shut off the HVAC system that was leaking all the way up in the attic.

We just had 90% of our HVAC system replaced a few weeks ago and knew immediately it was the culprit. So we called our HVAC company and USAA homeowners insurance to see just how bad the damage would be, crossing our fingers that we caught it in time.

No such luck.

Our house is now partially ripped down to studs, but we’re so thankful Olivia noticed it or else it could have been much worse.

Yesterday, the water mitigation company showed up with fans and dehumidifiers, and we’ll have to navigate where to go from here.

Originally, back at the start of the New Year, we had our master bathroom renovation on our house goals list. We’ve been chipping away at a lot of home improvement projects that we’ll share more about here soon (like our backyard, a few components in our living room, and our dining room).

But then, as Murphy’s Law would have it, our old HVAC system failed, followed by foundation issues that could only be fixed to the tune of an accumulative $26,000 we financed. (Insert loud gulp.)

Thankfully, the damage is being covered by the HVAC company and our homeowner’s insurance. But a full bathroom renovation? Not so much.

Last summer, we did this quick bathroom refresh to tide us over until we felt prepared to do a real reno.

Now, we’re faced with the questions, do we just put the bathroom mostly back the way it was without paying out of pocket? Or do we go ahead and do the bathroom renovation we’ve been wanting to do even though that will be a heavier financial hit but cheaper now than if we waited until later?

So we’re going for it. We don’t really see a way around it.

It’s scary and overwhelming, and I’ve definitely shed a few tears amidst all of the unknowns. But we’re excited and thankful… oh so thankful for a mostly intact house, our family that is safe, and loved ones showing up with so much support when we’ve needed it most.

I am so grateful for all of you, for every comment on Instagram and Facebook, for every message in my inbox. In a time like this, I want to curl in a ball and hide to process everything, but I feel so unbelievably blessed by y’all.

It might be more quiet than usual here as we try to sort through our next steps, but we’ll be back. And we’ll be able to see those silver linings in hindsight one day soon.

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  1. You are handling this with such grace! I am like you and don’t do well when things don’t go according to plan. I am blessed with a great husband who balances me out like yours does. I can’t wait to see the end result. It will be beautiful!

  2. Hi,

    We were facing the same question after water damage. We made the decision to go ahead and tackle the full remodel. It was a little painful upfront but saved us quite a bit in the long run. It’s hard to do make-do in-between remodeling because one thing always leads to another in even minor redos. Better to just get it done, emotionally and financially. We were happy we did.
    Good luck to you!

  3. Good girl! You made a very smart decision. Since everything has to be redone anyway….now’s the perfect time! A financial hit now, but down the road, you, and Robert will be glad you did.