A few months ago, we embarked on a crazy journey to heavily renovate our home. The decision didn’t come lightly – we had considered moving, but I realized that I love my neighborhood too much. I wanted this to be my forever home.
So here we are, about a month and a half into it, and can I please just say what a stress bucket this task has been. Yeah, you know – HGTV makes it look really fun and really inspiring – but I’ve realized they leave out 99% of the awful parts of home reno just because it won’t make good TV. Parts such as searching for a tiling bead for your bath (huh? What is that?) or choosing grout color. Hey, how about sanded versus non sanded grout? Or the part where you just want to kick your contractor because communication is just lacking? Every. Single. Day.
It’s taken this long for us to start seeing things coming together. With a home as old as ours (built in the 1940s!) you’re bound to have lots of surprises when you start demolition; things that we had to work around, and sometimes even completely change the design. All these changes also affect your budget, which is a real bummer. In light of all of this, you really have to use your imagination and stay optimistic. We’re in the thick of it right now – all the old stuff is gone, and we’re putting in new windows and doors and we’ve done all the stuff in the walls. Now all that’s left are the cosmetic things (cabinets, appliances, flooring and tiling) so I’m hoping that it at least looks a little less abysmal when I visit.
Here are some photos of where we’re currently at:
These pictures might not look like much right now, but you guys, I can finally see the light of the end of the tunnel. Things are starting to take shape, and I can’t wait to be done with this project (and share pictures with you!) hopefully by the end of November.