DIY: Home Renovations on a Budget
Is Purchasing a fixer-upper really worth it?
I purchased my first home. Yayyyyyyy! While the butterflies have yet to settle within my stomach from the excitement, the reality is beginning to set in. My new home is in need of some major TLC. It’s going to be a lot of work and take quite some time to complete all the needed repairs, updating and upgrading. I cannot afford to hire people to do all the work so I will be tackling each repair myself.
If you were to have asked me two weeks ago if I would see myself doing some pretty drastic home renovations, the answer would have been no. I did not foresee myself taking on home renovations – but here I am! That said, I am not a novice when it comes to hard work, specifically home renovations or constructing a building from the basement on up.
In my younger years, I completed a course (Women Into Skilled Trades) with flying colors at Mohawk College which covered the areas of carpentry, plumbing and electrical. I became employed as a professional painter and all around jack of all trades. I learned so much from the journeyman that I worked along side with. They were always willing to teach me the tricks of their trades. I hung and installed drywall, removed and applied stucco on ceilings , framed houses, installed granite flooring and so much more. Some of the buildings that I had the pleasure of working on were Cineplex Cinemas – Ancaster (formerly SilverCity), Chapters Book Store (Orillia), The Hamilton Spectator, McMaster University DeGroot School of Business and many more.
Fast forward to today – completing small and decorative diy projects is more my speed – basically what I am physically able to do, hence the reason why it has been quite some time since I have taken on major projects. I am not as physically able to move and lift things as I used to. Thankfully, I will have the help of family and friends to accompany me on my journey. I am also fortunate that a lot of my friends are in the trades and can assist me with their knowledge and expertise. I plan on being as hands on as I am able to be throughout the whole process, documenting each project – from start to finish – that is completed along the way.
The video that I have taken is fairly detailed. As you can see, there is a lot of work to be done. It definitely will not be completed overnight, although I wish it could be.
A Glimpse into my future……I can’t wait to get started!
The kitchen area is severely dated and the cupboards desperately need to be replaced, along with the counter top, sink and faucet. I want to go with hardwood for the cupboards. I am thinking a light color to keep the kitchen nice, bright and cheery. I also want to add a ceramic tile back splash.
The flooring throughout the entire home looks like this and will need to be replaced. We are thinking of installing hardwood flooring in the living room/ dining room area and some sort of laminate flooring in the bedrooms and bathroom.
The ceilings are a little less than to be desired, as you can see. In the past there has been some water damage (prior to the new shingles applied to the roof three years ago). They are all bad and will need to be replaced throughout the house.
The bathroom, in my opinion, needs a complete overhaul. New bathtub, cupboards/shelving for storage and new toilet.
The back of the house and quite frankly the exterior of the entire home needs repairing. Also, doors and windows need to be replaced among other things.
Inside the home is just one area that I will be concentrating on. Panning from left to right, these images show the landscaping that desperately needs to be done in the backyard. It is a fairly large yard that is overgrown and overrun with weeds, brush and more. The existing wood fencing needs to be fixed or replaced and new wood fencing needs to be installed where there is only frost fence.
There are some sheds that need to be fixed or even replaced that house the atv’s among other items that came along with the house.
On the list of repairs/updating/upgrading for my home renovations are as follows:
Install Heating: Wood Stove or other
Check Existing Wiring: remove/replace
Install New Windows & Sliding Doors
Install New Doors/Screen Doors
Living Room/Dining Room:
Install new flooring
Install new cupboards, counter , sink and faucets
Install new flooring
Install new flooring
Possible: New bath tub and surround
Install some sort of storage cabinet/cupboards
Remove Brush and Bushes
Install Wooden Fencing where frost fence exists
Fix existing wood fencing or install new
Looking at my list, I almost feel as if I should just tear down and rebuild, but where is the fun in that! I am sure that more things will surface as I trudge along – as they always seem to do. I am all ready – I think – for the surprises that may lay beneath the surface which may set us back.
Join me on my Home Renovation journey as I tackle each project, sharing what I have learned, what tools and supplies that I have used and the triumphs to the mistakes I make along the way. In the end, we will all learn if purchasing a fixer-upper is really worth it?!
Christine is a proud mother, a soon to be grandmother and a fur mom to one ‘fur baby’, a dog named Tracker who is never far from Christine’s side. A devoted gardener, during the spring and summer months Christine can normally be found tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. Living in Southern Ontario near Lake Erie, Christine enjoys spending time outdoors and is an avid hiker. She also loves doing small diy projects in her spare time.
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