I figured out why contractors are so well-loved. They demolish your house and take away every single creature comfort you have; electric, solid walls, a lock on the front door.
Then as they create the new house you get all those things back you used to take for granted. You plug the holes in the walls and keep out the flies, you close the windows and keep out the wildlife, you get electricity back in the rooms you used to do without, a laundry room inside instead of on the back porch.
For just a moment I thought to myself - my house is so perfect. This has been worth it all. Then I realized - we aren't done. The house has plywood walls and a plywood floor. We have windows and a door and some insulation, but that's it. Only the rough electric is done. But we have done without so many of those things for such a long time that I truly felt like we were at a good stopping point.
Perspective: I wanted lots of new square footage and space. But once half of our living space and electricity was taken away I was perfectly happy with a job that was half-way done. Perhaps I need perspective in the rest of my life as well.