I am super excited to say that my hubby and I just purchased a house. It’s a 1958 home on a quiet street that has never ever been updated. I’m pretty sure the shag carpet is original along with the wood panelling and pink bath tub! We wanted a project and that is exactly what we got and I am really looking forward to renovating this house. It definitely has some design challenges and I look forward to sharing my solutions with you.
I only have the one picture of the front of the house right now. It could definitely use some curb appeal but that big tree in the front is a Magnolia. 🙂
The house is not officially ours until the beginning of January but we have already started the ball rolling on the renovation. We are on a tight timeline as we will live in our current home until the renovation is done. We have submitted a form through our realtor that allows us to have access to the house if we need it so our builder and engineer can get in and we can have professional floor plans done up to submit for permits. The permit process in Victoria varies depending on the extensiveness of the work. Our permits should take about 3 weeks (fingers crossed) so the sooner we get them in the better if we want to get the ball rolling come the beginning of January.
Our plan is to make the living room the master bedroom and remove the existing fire place, which will give us more room in the basement to build a one bedroom suite. It will also give us room for a walk in closet and ensuite in the master. Switch the front entry closet to the bedroom and and use the front bedroom closet as a linen closet and then add a front entryway closet on the right. There was an addition built that we have to tear down and rebuild as it was not built properly and without a permit. This will turn into the kitchen and dining room and will flow into a great room. We will extend the patio off the dining room to the full length of the house. The main bathroom is really small and will need to be updated with a new tub/shower, toilet and I am going to do a pedestal sink and move it over slightly to give more room across from the tub/shower.
I think one of my favourite parts of my job is taking an existing floor plan an making it more functional weather it’s for my own renovation or a clients. Then of course making everything beautiful! 🙂
One thing I can’t stress more when starting a renovation is planning. Things happen quickly and it’s always good to be prepared. Use pinterest or Houzz and start your renovation boards and decide what you are going to do in each room. Check out my Pinterest renovation board HERE or Houzz board HERE
When you put together a budget and be prepared to to spend at least 10 – 15 % more. (unless you are super lucky and things all go as planned) Research research. research!!! Do your homework and compare prices and purchase items if they go on sale like appliances and flooring. The big ones! Planning is the key to a successful stress free renovation. Be prepared for some surprises and making some changes along the way as these things happen.
I could go on and on and on for days about starting a renovation but these are just a few steps you need to take. Hire a good contractor, have all the testing, engineering and drawings done up and make a plan! Right now we are in the planning stages, and I have ideas for each room and will share those as we go along.
Hope you have a great weekend!
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