My husband and I are constantly watching those cool remodeling shows on HGTV like Fixer Upper or Property Brothers. So we decided it was time to do some remodeling in our home of 12 years in Herndon. We purchased our Crestbrook home in 2002 and have done some renovations here and there. For example, we "updated" our kitchen with new appliances in 2002 and new flooring. We added hardwoods to our dining room and living room. We also updated the vanity and lighting in our bathrooms. Other than that, we haven't really done too much. Here begins the "new" "major" renovation projects.
We started with the master bathroom. No, we do not have a luxury bath, only a small 5x7 master bath. We had quotes from many different contractors and they ranged from $5500 for labor only to $12k including all materials. WOW! That is a pretty crazy spread. We opted for one of the lower ones with us paying for the materials. The master bath project took almost 3 weeks when we were told 2 weeks max and was definitely a challenge.
This week we started the largest project: the kitchen and main floor. We wanted to create an "open concept" on our main level because we entertain so frequently. We plan to add upgraded appliances for my chef husband and also remove some walls.
Today is day 4, here are some photos. All of the old hardwoods are gone and some of the walls are in the process of being removed. Here are the challenges we have run in to so far. I wanted to share this information for your future reno projects. These are things that we are finding out through the process and I am sure there will be MANY more before this is all over.
Lesson #1: The new hardwoods require either nailing or glue. I choose engineered hardwoods to get the 5 inch, dark coffee look. Well these require glue, which means now we need all new, smooth plywood on the floors before they can be laid. Also, hardwoods are required to "temper" in your home for 2 days prior to install to prevent the expansion and contraction once they are installed.
Lesson #2: The walls that I wanted to remove to create the open concept are ALL load bearing. We could install a beam to remedy the situation but that is way more expensive then just dealing with the issue of the walls being there. UGGH!
Lesson #3: Having no appliances and living with a coffee maker and microwave is really hard. TV dinners every night or eating out is costly!
Lesson #4: The budget is hard to stick to. There is always something popping up that needs more $$.
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