I’m watching a Cookeville TN home remodeled by friends, blow by blow. They measure and plan. They remove cabinets, pull up floors, change outlets, open a wall. They walk through it daily. The day’s work is reviewed against their vision and the markings and measurements written on walls and floors.

The house is a pretty older home, bubbling with potential but like many older homes, full of oddities. My friends are revealing the potential, layer by layer, and carefully making and marking changes that make sense to them and the house. It will be a showplace when finished.

The key to my friends’ work is the thought they’ve applied to their job. They’ve already changed their plans and may make more. Since they are making the changes in the planning and initial stages, the finished home will flow from room to room. They won’t be ripping out new paint and floors because they are measuring everything carefully before the paint and floors are installed.

I’ve smiled at all of the lines and numbers drawn on the floors and walls around the house. But I know that all those equations will add up to happy friends when the home is finished.

Cookeville TN REALTOR® Brenna Piper, ABR, has worked with American Way Real Estate since 2002. A former television news photographer and corporate marketing director, she provides accomplished marketing and negotiating services to sellers and buyers across ten countries of Tennessee’s scenic  Upper Cumberland area.