I’ll admit, I’m pretty much obsessed with nearly every show that airs on HGTV. I’ve even got my boyfriend into Fixer Upper (which was no small feat). Something about how-to and home improvement shows just really draw me in. I’ve always been the Do-It Yourself type, and I welcome any activity that allows me to be creative. Nothing’s impossible with a little inspiration, and a hot glue gun. However, one thing that I’ve learned in the past few months is that watching a home renovation, versus actually being in the middle of a renovation are two entirely different things! I by no means expected for everything to be easy as pie when taking on a renovation. However, I suppose watching Chip and Joanna tackle em’ so effortlessly over the years did make me a little starry eyed. Before you can go knocking down walls, and selecting paint colors – there is so much prep work that has to be done. Budgeting, Getting Correct Measurements, ensuring that the home is Structurally Sound and so on. Luckily, our house has good bones but being that it’s an older home it needs major updating! Don’t even get me started on our lack of electrical outlets. It’s safe to say that in today’s world, we have a lot more that needs to be plugged-in. We’re working towards creating a space that reflects our personal styles, and is functional. A place that we can grow in for years to come.
As far as the labor goes, my boyfriend and I made the decision to do just about everything ourselves. With the exception of any major electrical work. Originally he wanted to do all of the electrical work ourselves too, but I was finally able to talk him off of that ledge. Whew! The biggest issue that we seem to be running into is, Time Management. Time Management has to be one, if not the biggest hurdle when talking on a renovation. Lately, most of our free time has been devoted to working on the house. With us both working full-time jobs, it can sometimes feel like we’re making little to absolutely no progress. Which is a major bummer because we’re both so ready to be able to just kick up our feet, and enjoy our home. We do take days and time to have a breather. Just enjoy life, and take in what’s happening here and now. It’s all about finding that balance, and not allowing yourself to get overwhelmed. Our goal is to be finished early next year, so sometimes it’s tough to not be in full reno mode all the time.
During this renovation process, we’ve had our share of frustrations. There’s lots of highs, and lot’s of lows. Luckily, there are so many tools and literature on Home Renovations which really helps. I’m also constantly pinning new ideas on my Pinterest Board that I’d like to implement in our home. I’ll admit that I’ve had times when I thought ‘why don’t we just get a turn-key house?‘ It would be so much easier. But, there is a sense of pride that comes along with being hands-on with literally every aspect of your home. Plus, the house previously belonged to my boyfriends grandparents so it’s a special place for us. It’s the home that he grew up in, and has made so many memories. Now, it’s the home that we’re creating our own set of memories in and where we will raise our own family one day. Neither one of us have ever done anything on this scale, but we’re learning together. I’d love to be able to share some snaps of my home (the homestead) on here. Definitely some before and afters so that ya’ll can see what we’ve done! I’d also love (and welcome) design/decor tips, and any renovation advice. Can’t wait for the day when we’re just hanging up wall decor, and picking out throw pillows! There’s still so much that has to be accomplished before then, but we’re getting there. One room at a time has become our little renovation motto! Here’s to many, many, many more trips to Lowe’s and every other home improvement store in a 20 mile radius. We may not get it right the first time, but we’re having a blast figuring it all out! Can’t wait to share some photograph’s with ya’ll, stay tuned!
Have any of ya’ll gone through or are currently in the middle of a renovation? Or, moving in general? Any tips you’d like to share for this first-timer?
Until next time,