Friday, November 8, 2013

To Remodel Or Not To Remodel?

When did we make that official move into adulthood? The kind where you move past, ok now I am old enough to vote, to ok now I am old enough to get married...rent a car...have a baby...buy a house and purchase a 12-passenger van. Then there is the whole making decisions about your home and how you are going to fix things. 

When we bought our home a year and a half ago we bought it as-is. The space was perfect for us, rooms for beds AND dressers and a dining room table big enough for us all to sit at. It didn't matter to us that the home had some downsizes like the original windows, a cracked driveway and an all blue bathroom.

The house was built in the 1950's and pretty much everything in the home is original. It makes it nice that I like a little vintage charm. :-) The potential is there to remodel, I would say that my style is more modern than vintage, however as we make "adult decisions" there is way more to factor into our decision than just...Sarah likes modern...like knowing that our lives are more than the sum total of our belongings...and the importance of a budget.

To Remodel Or Not To Remodel?

I'll be honest, there is a certain show on a certain tv station that I really enjoy watching when I go to the gym. Yet if I hear one more person on that show say, "I HAVE to have granite, stainless steel & hard wood floors" I might go insane! Half of the time I agree with them and then half of the time I wonder how our generation has gotten to this place. The place where we will only be happy with our home if it has granite, stainless steel & hard wood floors. 

Sam and I have had many conversations since moving in about what projects to take on. I don't want to "update" something just to update it. I also know that improvements we make will add value to our home and the quality of what we have invested in. 

After months of going back and forth on this issue...feeling guilty that I wanted to update some things...feeling like there would always be more important ways to spend our money. I finally just looked up one day while I was standing in our bathroom... 

cracked ceiling in bathroom

and decided that the bathroom was a HIGH priority. Hello lead paint about to fall on my children's head!

There are multiple issues. 

We are determined to only spend what we have saved.

I'll mention right now that we couldn't even think about tackling projects in our home if it wasn't for the fact that my mom & dad are living with us right now. My dad is a general contractor by trade. For years I dreamed about someday having my dad give us his advice and expertise. For the past nine years he has lived 24 hours away.

Now he is in our home and offering to help us in any way that he can. Say what?!?

That is what has put a fire under me to save our pennies like mad. Not to mention that I've never been so excited to buy a medicine cabinet!

I've also never felt more proud and grateful for my dad.

I'm not going to walk you through the how to's when it comes to remodeling the bathrooms. There are bloggers out there doing a much better job of that than I ever could. Not to mention that I am fully aware that we have five children and nine people total living in our home. I'm not in a place where I could do a "do it yourself" home bathroom project...it would take me years. Instead I am thinking about things like...how in the world are we going to survive with ONE toilet during the remodel!?!

The fun starts next week. Sam is going to use a week of vacation. My dad is going to head up the project with all of his wisdom and knowledge. And I got to spend two hours in IKEA (while I fed our youngest three servings of fruit snacks) so that I could pick out the bathroom fixtures.

We don't have the time to stretch out this project for weeks to come. We decided that the best decision was to tackle our small main level bathroom first. 

remodeling our small main level bath

Everything always turns into a bigger project, right? We want to make sure we can cover the expenses, have the least amount of days possible with only one toilet available and simply get'er DONE (and hopefully all stay sane and in one piece!) Then maybe we can muster up the courage to tackle the upstairs bathroom. Although going without a shower (for nine people) during a remodel is another story!

I'll be checking back in next week with the before pictures and "behind the scenes" action. It seems like everything around here is a behind the scenes lately...


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12 comments:

  1. Wow! Good luck on the remodel, and on dealing with 1 toilet for a week. I love the charm and warmth of your home, and hope that this remodel makes it also "work" better for you.

    Tracy @ http://www.throughfoodandstory.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Tracy that is very sweet of you!

      ~Sarah

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  2. Our current rental has only one toilet. It seems like the kids always need to go at the same time. I'm praying your remodel gets done quickly. :)

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    1. Allyson,

      We've had to teach the kids to knock even if they know someone is in there just so that the person using the bathroom knows that someone is waiting outside. Oh the joys of one toilet! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  3. I hope the remodel goes smoothly and quickly! We are gearing up to tackle our bathroom as well. It's a bit overwhelming!

    Can't wait to see your after pics!

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    1. That is exciting Kaela! Do you have things picked out for your new bathroom yet?

      I can't wait to "have" after pics to share...what a process! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  4. Can't wait to follow along on the process. I don't envy the one bathroom thing...but it will just be for a short time. =)

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  5. We just remodeled our bathroom last year. So glad we did as some of the old pipes were cracked and we would have never known had we not remodeled it. Good Luck to you.

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    1. What a relief that you now have pipes fixed! Thank you!

      ~Sarah

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  6. Yikes! Wishing you luck and no "hidden surprises" during your remodel! Visiting from Inspire Me Please!

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