Home reno know-how
I embarked on a home renovation four months ago. The entire upstairs of my home was to be gutted, along with the downstairs bathroom. A wall in the dining room would be opened up and some plumbing work was to be done. While the project has gone smoothly, for the most part, I’d like to share what I now know. In no particular order, here are some things to remember during a home reno.
Don’t start without a clear vision
When I first met with my designer/contractor, I knew I wanted a master suite and office space upstairs. I also wanted my downstairs floor bathroom to be updated, but that was all I really knew for sure. While it is OK to not know exactly how you want things to look in the planning stages, by the time of the first sledgehammer swing, everyone should be on the same page when it comes to the project’s vision. Don’t start demolition until you have a plan in place.
This isn’t a television show
You’re not on home improvement show, so don’t expect your home renovation to be like one. No, it probably won’t take just eight weeks, and no you won’t be surprised by the result at the end (at least you shouldn’t be). Good contractors keep you updated on at least a weekly basis, so there are no giant reveals at the end of your project.