I’ve been putting off writing about our renovations, but our friend Ian, who helped us with our remodel, came back for a visit.
Of course we picked his brain for the next major phase of our renovations — the “rec room,” or the “wreck” room, as I think of it, since by default it has become a catchall, an enormous mudroom for anything on its way in or out, a kind of purgatory for stuff.
I think Pete is finally getting the wind in his sails to embark on this project, or at least think about it. You never can tell with husbands.
I told Ian I was thinking about blogging about our experience, what we’ve done so far. I don’t so much want to showcase my home, but just talk about our choices — what I’m pleased about, what I wish we had done differently, and what I wish I had known.
Ian owns a renovation business in Kansas now. (His wife, Stella is the one who does those vintage collage journals). He’s gangbusters busy and said a lot of people, including his clients, would find that kind of information very helpful. Renovations involve so many decisions, and when you’re under the gun with the contractor waiting for an answer, it can be overwhelming. So Ian’s put some wind into my sails, too.
Any time I take on a topic, I tend to want to write a definitive guide. This renovation was almost a complete gut, and it’s our second time doing a complete kitchen and bathroom, so I have a lot to write about. But I’m by no means putting myself out as an expert. I’ll resist the urge to do extra research and just write out of my own experience.
Some of the topics I have planned include: layout, flooring, lighting, kitchens, bathrooms, heating, insulation, windows, doors, tile, and trim.
My next post will be on planning a layout — the pros and cons of an open floor plan.