I now understand why every renovation costs more than budgeted! Is it my caviar taste? No- it is code issues one can’t plan for. From having to sprinkle part of the house to now having to remove all of the Sheetrock on exterior walls because in 1950 they used 1/2 inch and current code requires thicker. Cha-Ching….Bright side is most of framing in good shape which means our stucco working!
Kitchen cabinet maker came onsite yesterday to measure & finalize the plan. What I appreciate is that every specialist shares their ideas because they frequently know better than the contractor, architect and me since they are such a specialist. So, kitchen plan tweaked a bit & ordered! 8 weeks out…
Windows and doors ordered! That is a big relief since turnaround is about 8 weeks. Albert at Bonelli was awesome to work with and gave me ideas neither I nor our architect had considered. He’s a genius for modern Windows and I highly recommend him! From type of glass to hinges, levers, kick plates and alignment- call him- Bonelli!
That would be the circuit Doctor! It is so comforting to see all new electrical going in especially since when they opened the ceilings they found there had been some small electrical fires with the old wiring- scary! Did a walk thru and realized we need to add 20 more outlets – life in 2016 is a wee bit different than in 1950!
It’s so nice to see progress! We are 5 weeks into the actual construction and things are really progressing. Demo, leveling of floors, and now framing is almost complete. The garage level layout now makes so much more sense- New laundry room, office, 4th bedroom (although SF won’t let us call it a bedroom) & new bath. Plus our 1950 heater (original to the house) was finally removed- it was the size of a bathroom! Ahh- The sweet smell of saw dust!
From tile which ranges in price from $6-$100 a square foot to picking the kitchen sink, too many decisions in this operation! And there’s a learning curve for each item- sinks: curved or sharp corners, depth, quality of stainless steel, noise transfer…the list goes on. I now understand why your 2nd or 3rd renovation is so much easier!
One of the biggest motivators for renovating- besides hideous kitchen & baths & drafty windows- was our dangerous, narrow stairs. Noah and I fell down together. Poor Lucy fell down. Sam fell down. So, before someone injured themselves beyond bruises and scrapes- a new wider stairwell joining the 2 levels is in order. And the framing has begun!