So, where did I leave off?
Ah yes, I’ve been talking about lighting and I gave a brief “primer” into some of the experiences we had fixing up the master bedroom. (See what I did there, with primer?) Unfortunately for us, for the next two years we put all further renovations on hold, to save the money we needed to build an extension, purchase a new kitchen and actually create a liveable space downstairs.
I’m not going to lie, it’s been a long and drawn out process and I would caution first time buyers to go into a fixer-upper with a clear head. I’m not advising against purchasing a house if you can afford to, by any means, but you need to be aware of the hidden costs and you need to be in it for the long haul, with a clear goal in mind. As I was wholly uninitiated, I had no idea how challenging it would be to save alongside paying a mortgage and bills. And before you roll your eyes, I’m not someone who has had their bills paid for them, but when I was living in rented accommodation I chose to pay less and live further outside the city limits. Unfortunately with a mortgage the bank chooses how much interest you’re going to pay and what your payments are going to look like. Lesson learned!
As we were saving we continued to work with the hapless architectural technician, to hone in on what we wanted and needed and in a moment of brilliance, we solved an issue that had been plaguing us from the beginning of the planning process: he had drawn a toilet door opening into the kitchen. Ew. Our fix?
A laundry room! And all of a sudden my suburban dreams came true…
Photo Credit: Brookside Modern Craftman