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  • Sadie says

    Oooof, I have lived in an unfinished home multiple times. Many late nights! #1 buy everyone in the family a pair of slip on house shoes.

    I’d set up a camp kitchen for a couple months until you can do the kitchen you want. When you remodel, you have to live in a makeshift environment anyway, so you may as well do it now and not get your flooring destroyed later.

    LET VENDORS DO THE LEG WORK! Consultations are most likely free (box store or custom builders), give them measurements and photos and let them present you with a few layout options and quotes. Then you can make changes from there.

    Start with bathroom and entry way flooring, these are the areas that the subfloor can be damaged. It is okay to throw a rug down in bedrooms while you wait to afford the flooring you want.

  • LUDMILA says

    OMG its sooooo divine!!! Yes to the kitchen plans. As a professional I would recommend that flooring be something you invest money on. Removing it and putting another one is always expensive and annoying. Do it once and do it well !! Mainly on the main floor. BTW Boho looks great in those houses !! Congratulations from Argentina!!

  • Charisma says

    Check out the bedrosians website for tile I found some great options a few weeks ago in their clearance section. Wayfair was also a great resource for us in our kitchen remodel for knobs, faucets, sink etc… we got a white granite sink because it said it wouldn’t dent or scratch or stain but there are some stains or water marks I haven’t been able to get out if I could go back I would go with a light to medium gray because I think it’d hide things better. My in-laws have black and say theirs gets spotty very easily. I still prefer my sink over ceramic or stainless but stainless would be my next choice. I’m not sure what the requirements are for your loan but if possible but I recommend not rushing to purchase things because that costs more in the long run, better to wait and get what you really want.
    There are really good options for waterproof, wood-look flooring. Congrats on your purchase, good luck in your deal finding, and can’t wait to see what you do.

  • Dorothy says

    Fab!! As someone who moved her family consisting of a 2 year old and 4 year old into a home under renovation (being rewired – read plaster was being drilled into and wire replaced behind and plaster dust everywhere and the downstairs bathroom completely gutted) consider finding somewhere to camp out until it’s done. Any neighbors going on a month long trip or any way to rent month to month while you finish construction? You think you can live with it but it gets “real” real soon. Best wishes! It’ll be something to reminisce about in years to come.

  • Sarah says

    Last year my husband and I started over… I have moved many times and found that I each space, room, yard had an expression… a purpose. For me, sometimes, a quiet contemplative space allowed the *creative* joy to flow. I see that in your book and your work… it will be joyous to see how this flowers.

  • Marilyn Hymas says

    You might want to double your time and money commitment. Everything takes longer and costs more than anticipated.

  • Kelsi says

    I cannot believe you got a blank slate Georgian in Provo!!!! Such a miracle!!! I am so excited for you. Also as one who has lived in a house while renovating with young kids, I agree with previous comments re: flooring and kitchen to do it well the first time. It’ll save a bunch of money in future to not rip stuff out. Other spaces, nbd, do it in phases. But kitchen and main level flooring just get the gold done right away! I cannot wait to see how it turns out!

  • Mindy says

    So happy for you! And that will be so fun to have Lars in the basement! Having done a lot of renovating I really agree with what Sadie said about doing what you want as much as possible from the beginning. Also I would say get personal recommendations on different contractors. And as far as all your cabinetry I cannot over recommend Carriage House Mill in Orem enough! Super high quality, completely dependable and ethical! like really use them for sure or at least invite Rex out to give you a bid because they were hands down the best we’ve worked with. They totally came in and saved the day for us when another contractor failed miserably. For flooring we ended up going with high-quality LVP (luxury vinyl plank) over hardwood and we have been so glad we did. It’s gorgeous and I just don’t worry with kids and pets plus it cost a lot less. Good luck! Enjoy! For me home remodeling and decorating are my favorite creative outlet!

  • Donnie says

    Really happy for you. It is the most endearing thing in life. I too have my plot ready, and we are in the process of designing a house and building it on our own. It is going to be a tough process, and we are going to love it.