We purchased a home in mid April knowing we’d have to invest blood, sweat and tears … and lots of dough. However, it is so true about renovations taking longer than anticipated and costing more than imagined! We keep telling ourselves that we are in the home stretch, meanwhile someone keeps moving home base! 😉
Our house was built in 1988 and was in desperate need of updating and replacing most major systems. The house has two A/C units and one crashed a couple months ago. That was Expense #1 that was unanticipated so early on. Then the well equipment was in dire need of replacing, so we did that.
We’ve completely gutted three bathrooms and the kitchen, as well as tiled the entire lower level of the house, kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms. We did the majority of the demolition work ourselves, however hired a contractor to do the rest. So far, the master and powder baths are nearly completed. Soon the contractor will return to finish the downstairs bathroom, which will be for the kids. As it stands now, we share the master bath. *Sigh* I will be posting before and after pictures in subsequent blogs so you can see the complete transformations. I’ll detail all the work we’ve done as well.
We painted the entire 3,400 square feet of interior space ourselves, most of it done prior to moving in, which was a blessing! We painted most of the interior antique white, however, my sewing/craft room and my husband’s office are both painted in sage green, which is such a peaceful color! We hired professional painters to transform the exterior, which was a very tired gray blue color. What a transformation it is too! The body is called palomino tan with dark red front doors. It turned out even better than anticipated! Praise the Lord!! What we thought would be a week long painting process has turned into Week 4 now due to all the rain we’ve gotten! The painters were frustrated and so were we that it dragged on so long, but only God controls the weather. So, we just roll with it. 🙂 (pardon the pun) haha We actually seriously considered painting the exterior ourselves initially, however the high pitch of the A frame roof was just too great! You’ll see what I mean in future pictures. 🙂
A number of our electrical outlets were non-functioning so we hired an electrician to swap out all of the outlets and switchplates in the house to modern outlets, rockers and slide dimmer switches (versus the old round knobs). I’ll post pictures of some of those soon too. That has been a huge undertaking! It sounds like such a small thing but we have more switches than you can imagine and many or, should I say most, are 3-way switches (which are expensive!). It is a small detail to swap these out but it really does make a huge overall impact. We’re so glad we decided to do that.
This really is a nice house. It just needed a lot of attention. My husband and son plan on installing wood flooring throughout the first level with the exception of the marble tile entry way and the porcelain tile in the kitchen and laundry room. We live in Florida and there aren’t technically basements in our great state, however our house is built on a hill, so that’s why I refer to the lower level as downstairs and sometimes I even call it the basement. (although that’s not entirely accurate) I’m from the north, what do you expect? haha
I’m pretty sure we will have home improvement projects lined up for the next couple years. We give ourselves lots of “pep talks” regularly, though. We’re going to get through this, we say. We look at each other and remind ourselves that once these tasks are completed, they won’t need to be repeated. Oh, we try to look at the bright side … and we really are so very blessed! But, sometimes, like when the water supply won’t flow into the house AGAIN … well, it’s times like those that beg the question, “Did we make the wrong choice?” 😉 In the end, I don’t think we did. Although, I’m pretty sure we had no idea how grueling this process would become and how long it would drag on.
Literally, we have met problems/challenges/opportunities for personal growth at every turn! Take for instance, our double wall oven situation. The company just swapped out the old double wall oven because it arrived badly dented and brought us a new set. We thought, “Oh good! At least this chapter will be closed.” No such luck. They delivered the wrong set on Monday, which promptly heated up the newly installed set of cabinetry drawers directly below the oven. It’s things like this that keep us on our knees and clinging to the promise that God will help us in time of need. 🙂 If you’re wondering where things stand with the oven situation, a new set will be delivered in two weeks. We will definitely inspect the oven insulation before installation!
And the pool … well, that is another subject for another day!
Stay tuned for more renovation news and progress reports! Oh, and pictures too!
P.S. Anyone else out there doing renovations? Tell me, there’s a rainbow at the end please!