This was the biggest renovation that the Husband and I have gone through, and to say it was stressful is an understatement.
Remember the before pictures? Get all the details in Part 1.
A few notes:- With fresh drywall coming up, I knew that it would get dusty, but had no idea just how dusty it would really be. It was all over the kitchen, on our garden produce, all over the stair rail, under the sofa; and all over the hardwood floor. I try to clean up a little bit every night, but quickly felt overwhelmed by trying to keep just the kitchen clean through the process.
- Hooray for sound resistant insulation! All new walls to the office had sound dampening insulation added so the Husband won't be too distracted by me and the kids during the day. (in other words...I can crank the music up while I clean the upper level...which always helps the chores get done so much faster)
- Professional painters are amazing. I've never seen someone cut in with so much precision and so quickly...and no taping!
- Electricians are crazy, necessary, and worth the expense. It turns out that we had a ceiling fan on a box that wasn't rated for a fan. Our poor electrician crawled through our attic, in two feet of blown insulation on a 90+ degree day to install a proper fan box. In addition to fixing a mistake made by a previous electrician, installing a new light switch and a new outlet in our kitchen. By the way, did I mention he never turned off the power at the box...even after I offered to show them where it was.
- It's important to communicate constantly with your contractor. I told the contractor what I wanted to do with the shelving in the closet, and they quickly worked with me to make sure that everything would be sturdy for my storage plans. (more definitely to come on that process)
I loved working with a trusted custom contractor. He and all the subs worked with me on making slight adjustments with the layout to make sure that our furniture fit, and that everything was exactly what we wanted. And with only four to six weeks left until the little one arrives, I'm glad to have my house back!
What's the biggest renovation you've gone through?
Do you prefer to DIY or use contractors?