As the old saying goes: Hindsight is 20/20.
Looking back it's easy to see where things went wrong, or what you would have done differently.
For a homeowner, having the helpful hindsight of others can be priceless, especially if you're a new homeowner with big renovation plans on your mind.
To help you avoid having ""woulda, shoulda, coulda"" renovation moments, I'm working on compiling the insights and experiences of a number of my favorite bloggers who are working through their own renovations and remodels...and doing it successfully!
Our first feature is from John and Sherry of ThisYoungHouse.com. This young couple is documenting the remodel of their home in Richmond, Virginia. A modern, fresh and young take on home renovation this couple's blog is a testament to the great changes you can accomplish - even if you're on a budget!
Because of their success on their own home, they've also taken to helping others fix up their spaces as well. When readers write in with pictures of a space screaming for a makeover, John and Sherry provide mood boards and color swatches to help the reader understand a vision for their space. More often than not the transformation is breathtaking.
Sherry was kind enough to answer my questions and talk about her backyard wedding, working through some 50-year-old bathroom plumbing issues, and of course where she goes for inspiration.
Take it away Sherry:
(John and Sherry's Final Kitchen Remodel)
3. Has there ever been a project you started where you realized it might have been way over your head? Switching out our bathroom's shower knobs was quite a debacle! With 50 year old plumbing we knew we were in over our heads the minute we tried to loosen a bolt and were sprayed in the eye with water. Thankfully a local plumber came out and saved the day. Three hundred dollars later we had completely updated bathroom plumbing behind the walls and shiny new bathroom fixtures too. The lesson: we can handle electrical projects, but we'll leave major plumbing jobs to the experts.
(The oh-so-chic! master bedroom remodel)
4. If you had one piece of advice for someone starting out on major renovations, what would you tell them? Well, first we'd tell them that budgets will be exceeded and timelines will never be met. It helps to manage your expectations ahead of time so you can enjoy the ride instead of gritting your teeth the whole time. Then we'd just say have fun! There's nothing like watching your house become your dream home before your very eyes.
(The remodeled den)
Next week: Check out another interview with Leah of House Obsession