Well, it’s been seven years and we’re still at this home renovation game. Given my time over again I would have done things a bit different.
Some tips I wish someone had told me or if they did tell me I wish I had listened to!
- Sanding the original wood floors is a great way quickly transform a room. Don’t skimp on the varnish! We did and 5 years on we have to resand and varnish. It’s going to cost us more in the long run.
- Check if there’s a budget range of building materials. Things like skirting boards and cloakrooms are places where you can save a penny by shopping around and finding less expensive alternatives.
- Don’t assume that ugly door is all that it seems! Apparently, it was common to cover paneled doors with a sheet of plywood in the 60’s. We almost threw away gorgeous original doors because they’d been covered by cheap MDF. We removed the panel, dipped the doors and they look gorgeous.
- Stick with one metal and check what the builder is doing- when we remodeled the kitchen the builder used a brushed stainless steel and we wanted chrome. It’s not something we noticed and by the time we did it was too late. We’ve been replacing them slowly but again it’s a cost we could do without as all the little amounts add to a big bill in the end.
- Think outside the box, especially important when doing things yourself. I really wanted to replace the old 60’s gas fires but we have NO MONEY!! So I found some fireplace paint and painted the ugly brown and brass fire black and it transformed the room. Total cost was under £20 and it looks fine until we replace it.
Know your limitations. Just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you should. We’ve learned to factor in the cost of our time when doing DIY.