It’s bloody, painful and kind of like surgery

EMBARKING on a renovation is like taking the kids to Dreamworld during the Christmas holidays. Everyone tells you not to, but you do it anyway. Indeed, it’s surprising it doesn’t appear as a diagnostic criterion in the new DSM-5.

Ignoring all the horror stories, we started the big reno this year. We chose to take the double hit – paint and polish the floorboards in the front of the house, and simultaneously build a new room on the back. It was lacunar-infarct like – we lost the laundry first, then the water to