We purchased a home in 2011 that had been built in 1972. The house is an 1800 sf ranch on 3/4 of an acre. It was in dire need of updating and repair. Almost everything in the house was original, and what had been worked on at some point was awful.
The biggest issue was the three inch sag in the living room ceiling because a load bearing wall had been taken out and no support beam was put in its place. All of the walls had wallpaper, with the bonus being that some of the wallpaper had been painted over.
One bathroom was avocado green, the other golden yellow. One part of the living room had a full wall cultured (faux) stone fireplace with the oozing look cement between the stones. Now that you have an idea of the look, lets get on to the work.
The overall experience was very costly and time consuming as we did most of it ourselves. Just when we would think we would have no further problems, we always did. In all, we replaced 36 sheets of drywall, mostly because we couldn’t get the wallpaper off without gouging the walls. We gutted both main bathrooms down to the studs, we replaced all of the flooring in the house, we replaced the kitchen appliances, the counter tops and the backslash.
We did not replace the cabinets as we ran out of money at the $30k mark. We also replaced multiple windows and doors. My husband is a carpenter, so that helped.
Thankfully we lived in another house while we worked on this one. The work was exhausting. We had to make multiple trips to home improvement stores many times a day. It got to the point that the people at Home Depot knew our voices over the phone.
The overall experience was also very frustrating. We took 6 months of working every day after work and all day on the weekends. We did take about a two week break where we didn’t speak about the house, or even go there as some sort of disagreement ensued between my husband and I.
The topic of the remodel just got taken off the table until we cooled down. After having had this experience, I can honestly say, watch LOTS of home improvement shows before you do a remodel. We had never watched any, and I regret not having done so as I would have implemented different ideas. Also read blogs about other peoples experiences like this one or this one on Texas Hot Mix.
Also, if you are working with a partner, know when to step away for a break as to not tax your relationship.
Credit to flickr for the featured image.