My Home Reno – Part 2

My Home Reno – Part 2

It’s time for another update about my renovations, which is now in full swing. I am learning a lot about myself and about how to live in a home while it’s gutted.

This renovation has been going on since September and I can barely recognize my home!

So far, 80% of my home is totally gutted, right down to the studs in some parts of the home. The contractor is adding insulation to the exterior walls before putting up new drywall.

Not only will this help with keeping the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but it will also leave the walls looking smooth and updated. Because of the age of the home, the existing walls were plaster, giving the space a textured, outdated look.

In the process of creating a complete open concept, beams have to be installed where the walls were located. While the contractors prep for the beams, temporary support walls are built to support the second floor. 

As the work continues through the first floor, most of my kitchen was demolished. I have a working sink, fridge and stove to keep me going with little countertop space. Relocation a kitchen is a lot of work but it will be worth it at the end!  

Also, the old floors are now ripped off and will be replaced with beautiful new hardwood. New plumbing and waterlines have been installed where the new kitchen will be.

I am very grateful for my amazing contractor who has many ideas that help me on cost savings. He consults my design decisions every step of the way and offers me suggestions. I have the freedom to design everything on my own, right down to the placement of light switches!

What I’ve learned so far…

My biggest advice I’d give to home owners who are planning a renovation is to plan to spend about 20% more of what you’ve originally budgeted. This is especially true when you are changing the layout of the space and never know what’s the behind the walls once they’re opened up.

The second piece of advice is to always get a building permit from the city. I’ve seen many houses on the street that get their reno shut down because they didn’t follow the proper steps. I’d suggest to get an architect involved, spend the extra money and get a building permit, even as a piece of mind.

What I’d say to the home owners who are planning a major renovation is be prepared to camp in your own house. Remember, all your belongings will be packed up and stored away in boxes – so label EVERYTHING! 

The important thing to remember is that this won’t last forever, and will be completely worth it when you see your beautiful new space, renovated exactly how you envision it! Here’s what my house looks like now:

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