Feature image from the Heartly Design Studio
We are going to start renovating our house. We have been living here for a year and it is all getting too much. We can’t live here anymore. It is a horrible half broken house where everything is old and horrible to look at. Living in this crazy home with thousands of different colours and textures and light fittings and multi coloured walls makes me feel claustrophobic and sad.
The thing about our renovations is that I have nowhere to start?
I’ve never done it before. I don’t have friends who have renovated their houses. This is the first house we have ever owned and the very first time were are thinking of renovating our house. I don’t – I didn’t know if I should call a designer, or an architect or what I should do myself.
So I called in a friend of mine who is a very expensive and very fancy interior designer and asked her, “Where do we start?”
She laughed and said I had already taken the first step, deciding to renovate our house. She said it all begins with deciding you are going to renovate and making the commitment. This is actually the biggest and most important step you can take. It is the decision that will take the longest, be the hardest and will make all the other decisions easier to make. Deciding to renovate will impact every other decision you make in your house.
Here is how we decided it was time to start.
- Could we afford it?
- Did we know what we wanted?
- Was it the right time for us?
- Were we ready?
Could we afford it?
We had been saving money to renovate for about a year. We had no idea how much it would cost and how much we needed to save, so we simply saved as much as we could.
Our Designer friend told us that renovating your house doesn’t need to cost a lot of money, but when you choose the cheaper options it will normally cost time instead. When renovating you will either need a lot of time or a lot of money. Those are your options. We have tried to go with the ‘lots of money’ option.
We have a 1 year old baby, so we can’t afford for the renovations to drag on and be crazy.
We have had a think about our budget and have decided to wait a few extra months. If we are going to go to the trouble or renovating our home, we want to do it right. Our home is already half broken and not quite what we want. We may as well save the time and money and keep it half broken and not quite what we want – for a little longer. Until we can afford to do it right.
Do you know what you want?
No, we don’t now yet. But we have started to think about it. We have a wonderful big list of everything we need to think of and everything we want our house to do.
What style are you looking for? What feeling do you want in your home?
Is now the right time?
For us, now is the perfect time. Our baby is old enough to handle renovations at home, we aren’t planning any more children for a while and we have somewhere to live for the time of the renovations. What makes it the right time – Are you free? Or are you having a
What makes it the right time – Are you free or are you having a baby? If you are planning to have a baby in a few years, then do the renovations now! Do you have somewhere to live while your kitchen is completely pulled apart? Do you have friends who can help you renovate now? Are all the builders busy or is their time before the busy season?
Are you ready?
Yes, we are ready! What does it take to be ready? Have you read enough about renovations to know what it will be like
What does it take to be ready? Being ready will involve different things for different people. Do you know what is about to happen? Are you prepared for disappointment and setbacks? Have you read enough about renovations to know what it will be like on your relationship. Do you know what you want? Are you prepared to live without a kitchen for a few weeks? Can you live without power for a few days, or the internet?