Our first floor renovation
Hello humble blog! After a brief foray into YouTube (where I posted about our honeymoon in Bali in April), I am back on the blog. After making a few videos, I find myself coming back to the blog because I realized even I didn't want to spend 20 minutes watching one of my previous vlogs in its entirety, and the blog is a much quicker read.
It has been almost a full year since I've posted on the blog unfortunately, but I wanted to catch up on everything that's been going on, mainly our first floor home renovation! After the wedding, we immediately went into the holiday season with hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas in our new house, and then traveling to Texas and Hawaii for family members' weddings.
After the New Year, we started working on our first floor home renovation. We were first time homeowners, and so neither of us knew anything about the home renovation process. This led to many weeks of looking at blogs, YouTube, reading reviews on Houzz and Yelp for contractors, reaching out to friends and family, and contracting a few contractors in the area. We first had to narrow down the scope of our renovation. When we first bought our house, I knew I wanted to change the kitchen and the flooring on the first floor. The kitchen was small, narrow, and had the classic 1980's laminate cabinets and epoxy countertops so they were not salvageable at all. I was debating whether to knock down a wall and open up the kitchen to the dining and living room, however after meeting with one contractor learned this would cost nearly double our budget.
All in all, I am so glad the renovation is over. While the actual construction only took about 2-4 weeks where we were subsiding on grilled meat and cold salads, we lived through months of disarray as we tried to DIY certain aspects. We had never done any DIY before and so it took us much longer than the professionals, and my husband had to work on DIY projects after ending his regular workday, only able to work on things for an hour or two every day. We also tried to save money on painting as well, and so we both worked through multiple weekends painting. In the end, I am glad we did a few things ourselves (such as painting), but wish we went with the professionals for nearly everything else.