We’ve been renovating our kitchen. It’s exhausting. When I have time, I will come back and add more to this post. In the meantime, if you intend to do a renovation yourself, here are some pieces of advice:
1. It will take longer than you think
2. It will cost more than you think
3. Contracting tradespeople yourself saves you money, but compounds your headache
4. There are things amateurs should not do themselves:
4a. Drywall mud and taping
5. Don’t be too proud to ask for help, but be prepared to wait for your favours
6. Having a licensed carpenter in the family is a great boon
7. Get recommendations from your friends for tradespeople, but be ready to have to choose. Don’t take recommendations at face value.
8. The Home Depot will become a second home.
The inconvenience involved is minor compared to the long-term benefit of having a new room in the house (in this situation, a kitchen) Maintain that perspective and try to hold on to your patience for as long as you possibly can.
Anyway, I would like to add to this when I’m finished, but here are some work-in-progress shots.
Plus a little video I recorded for my wife as she and our son waited out our demo at her parents.