A house is a lot like a manuscript.
Sometimes, you have to tear it apart.
Rebuild it bit by painstaking bit.
Make more decisions than you ever thought possible.
Experience a series of delays, mistakes, and set-backs.
Drop your head into your hands and wonder, seriously and sincerely, if you will ever finish.
Push forward nonetheless.
And then, months or maybe even a year later, you have a completed product.
People say, “It’s like a brand new house/book!”
To which you reply: “It was totally worth it.”