My Home Renovation Journey - Part 1

I wanted to share my renovation journey because this is the third house we have renovated in the last 5 years and we have learned a lot and made a lot of mistakes along the way. Renovations of your new home can be exciting but they can also be very hard. When my husband and I purchased our new home we thought it would be a very simple move. The house had really great bones and as far as we were concerned the only major thing that needed to be done when we first moved was thsy it needed to be  painted and the upstairs bathroom needed a major update. We were planning on renovating the kitchen eventually but did not think it would need to be done right away except for getting new appliances. The day we moved into the house and unpacked our items our plans drastically changed and it looks like we are renovating a lot more than we thought. 

The kitchen in our new home was large but it had absolutely no cupboard space, when we started pricing out how much it would cost to get an island and storage shelves to house our crazy amount of kitchenware (I blame my husband who loves to cook), the cost started to mount. It did not make sense to invest in these items that I didn’t really care for and also would have to get rid of in a few years when we did renovate the kitchen. We decided the best plan was to renovate the kitchen right away and get it over with. Luckily, my contractor was available and as we speak the new kitchen is ordered and the old kitchen is being gutted. 

Bye Bye dated kitchen. Our new design is for an updated modern kitchen with tonnes of cupboard space.

Bye Bye dated kitchen. Our new design is for an updated modern kitchen with tonnes of cupboard space.

Kitchen is gutted and ready to be remodeled.

Kitchen is gutted and ready to be remodeled.

The bathroom renovation did not go as planned, but I think that was blessing in disguise. Being nine months pregnant it was probably not the best idea to gut the upstairs bathroom, the late night treks to the basement bathroom would probably gotten old very quickly. Plus, the contractors that I had booked to do the bathroom never showed up and never returned my calls. This is a sad reality of home renovation and one of the hardest lessons to learn. 

Next project is this dated bathroom whcih will be renovated in the next couple of months.

Next project is this dated bathroom whcih will be renovated in the next couple of months.

So currently the kitchen is being gutted and the house is being painted, both jobs are bing done by contractors I have worked with in the past and come to rely on for their service and skills. I am really excited  for the outcome and love watching the transformation of my home. As the renovations continue I will share this journey and everything I learn along the way. 

Todays tips:

  • Work only with contractors that you know and that are reliable. If they are continuously late or don’t show up, don’t give them your business.
  • If you are not happy with the job your contractor is doing do not be afraid to tell them. There is nothing worse than paying for something you are not happy with or that has to be redone in the future.

Happy renovations. 

April