A few people, namely Kahlee, have been asking about renovating. And it got me thinking about how we have learnt things over the last 1853 days (yes, I am counting). Which was kind of funny, as I had a similar conversation with a girl at work on this same topic.
The first thing to know about renovating, besides that you will need to acquire a house and preferably a money tree, is that it is hard work. hard, dirty work. And it takes up your time. Lots of your time. Majority of your time.
I don't know about the kind of renovating, where you paint a wall and call it done, I don't do that kind. I do the kind where you rip everything off the walls and find a penny and a big spider. The kind where it takes months and months for anything to happen.
But before anything happens, you need a plan. A firm one at that. You will also need Plan B, C and D. As well as Plan X, Y and Z. And it's not just how you will decorate your new abode. You need to know in advance a lot of boring things. Like what kind of timber you will use. Will you use 90x45 or 70x35? (I highly recommend 90x45, it makes buying door frames easier, as well as give extra structural support.) Where is the best price for timber? Is it cheaper to negotiate with a smaller hardware store, as opposed to Bunnings (we saved 75 cents per metre on timber by negotiating with our local store - or $200 big ones).
Will you use tradespeople, or attempt to do things yourself? What will you do if tradies don't show up on time. Or won't commit to your job?
What will you do with your stuff whilst you renovate? How will you cook/shower/sleep/watch tv?
And most importantly, how will you cope with the million and one arguements you and your partner will have over things? Because, trust me, they will happen. And it will be the BIGGEST drama ever. I have lost count of the times I have argued with husband about stupid things. Like door fittings. And windows. And placement of the dishwasher.
Renovating is tiring. Stressful. Consuming. Hard work. But, at the end of it, it is rewarding. I secretly love it when people comment on our house, saying how clever we are to have done it ourselves. Because I get to look back and say "yeah, I suppose it is a nice looking place now. It was worth it though".
Now, if you have any questions, from how we did something, to what we plan to do, how I would decorate something, to what you need to know about tools (ok, husband might help with that one), to how to coped whilst renovating, ask away. I have a few topics up my sleeve, but I want to know what you need to know.