I want I may keep in mind whose reel it was that I noticed on Instagram the opposite day the place she confirmed how lengthy every room in her home took to rework, as a result of I’ve been enthusiastic about that ever since. I used to be so fascinated to see how one room took simply a few months, whereas one other room took nearly a yr, whereas one other room (her grasp rest room rework) was in its third yr, and it nonetheless wasn’t completed.
Whenever you buy a fixer higher, that’s simply the way it goes. Clearly, some rooms are so much much less concerned (residing rooms, bedrooms, and so forth.), whereas others are a complete lot extra concerned and far more costly (loos and kitchens).
In order that made me curious. How lengthy did it take me to do every room in our home, from begin to end? Right here’s what I discovered…
Kitchen Rework — 7 months
Our kitchen was nearly an entire DIY rework. After we moved into our home in October 2013, the kitchen regarded like this…
It’s so unusual trying again at that. The doorway on the left leads to what’s now the breakfast room (briefly getting used as a sitting room/TV room). The wall with the cupboards is the place there may be now a cased opening going into the lounge. And simply on the opposite facet of the wall on the best is the music room.
It was about March 2014 once I began tearing issues up — eradicating cupboards, eradicating the outdated flooring, rearranging issues to see how I wished the kitchen rework organized, and so forth. So in March 2014, the kitchen had gone from unhealthy to worse, and regarded like this…
So March 2014 is what I take into account the start of this kitchen rework. It ended up being an entire down-to-the-studs tear out.
The wall within the image under is the wall reverse the one proven within the two footage above. That is the wall the place the “wall of cupboards” is as we speak, with the music room on the left, and the breakfast room and pantry on the best.
Except hiring a professional to maneuver the plumbing and fuel strains, this was a DIY challenge from starting to finish. (I wasn’t the one DIYer concerned. I did have some household assist with a number of the massive initiatives, like pouring the concrete counter tops.)
I labored fairly steadily on this rework, and put in some very lengthy days frequently. (That was again when 12-hour work days weren’t uncommon for me. These days are lengthy gone.)
And it was in October 2014 that the room was lastly completed, and I had my inexperienced and gold kitchen.
The kitchen appears fairly a bit completely different as we speak as a result of I repainted it in 2017, and lower into the wall so as to add a cased opening into the lounge.
However these had been simply minor adjustments alongside the best way. The precise kitchen rework took seven months.
Hallway Lavatory — 6 months
After we moved into our home, that is what the hallway rest room regarded like…
We lived with that loo for somewhat over a yr, after which in January 2015, I began tearing issues out.
This was additionally a down-to-the-studs tear out, and this was additionally the primary room I ever tore all the way down to the ground joists, which implies that the filth under our home was fully seen. Speak about feeling very nervous! I simply knew I had bitten off greater than I may chew, however I used to be decided to do it myself, and tried to take it one small step at a time in order that I wouldn’t get overwhelmed.
Apart from hiring a plumber to rearrange and replace the plumbing, the remainder of this room was a DIY challenge. (I don’t do plumbing or the rest that requires me to crawl below the home. That’s the place I completely draw the road. The concept of snakes, black widows, brown recluse spiders, along with my claustrophobia, which has solely gotten worse as I’ve gotten older, makes going below the home a NO. It’s simply…NO. By no means. I’ll by no means go below below our home.)
That was one other room that I labored on very steadily, placing in some very lengthy days, till it was completed in July 2015.
The hallway rest room acquired somewhat makeover in 2019 so as to add some heat colours to it. As I started to find my love for heat colours along with my beloved teals and greens, I wished so as to add these to this room.
However that makeover simply included just a few beauty adjustments. The precise rework of this room in 2015 took six months.
Dwelling Room — 6 Years
Figuring out how lengthy the lounge rework took is somewhat bit tougher to determine. I began placing some ornamental touches in the lounge as quickly as I may proper after we moved into the home, however I did so at first realizing that these had been “lipstick on a pig” kinds of initiatives.
The room began out trying like this…
I put fairly a bit of labor into it to get the room trying like this…
And but, I knew that each one of that was simply non permanent. The polystyrene ceiling tiles had been nonetheless there, the ceiling mild wasn’t centered, the drywall was outdated and cracked, the home windows didn’t match and wanted to get replaced.
(That image nonetheless baffles me. Who the heck was I adorning for? 😀 That room doesn’t look something like “me.”)
So whereas I did all of that to make the room look presentable, I really matter the beginning of the rework for this room to be once we (my father-in-law and I) began tearing out the outdated drywall in April 2015…
Eliminating the polystyrene ceiling tiles and the outdated drywall, insulating the partitions, and putting in the brand new drywall actually felt just like the official begin of this rework. That’s once I was nonetheless engaged on the lavatory rework, however I wished to benefit from his go to and have him assist me with this massive challenge that I used to be too afraid to do on my own.
After which it was October of 2015 once we lastly acquired new home windows to switch the outdated, mismatched, drafty home windows.
However so far as really getting the room to the purpose the place I’d name it completed? Effectively, that took till Could 2021.
This room gave me so many complications, and I had such a tough time getting my footing on this room. I attempted so many concepts that simply fell flat, together with one wayward try at turning the room right into a eating room.
However lastly, I discovered my approach, and I had a front room that was really completed in a approach that I liked after 7.5 years of residing on this home. That implies that from the start of this room’s rework till I had the room completed in a approach that I actually liked took six years. Wow!
The music room and entryway had comparable timelines, though the entryway got here collectively a full two-and-a-half years earlier than the music room and the lounge. However the drywall in these areas was torn out and new drywall put in on the similar time, after which it took me some time to determine what I used to be doing in each of these areas.
Entryway — 3.5 years
We don’t even have an entryway. We simply have a entrance door that leads into a giant room, however I’ve executed my finest to attempt to separate that massive room right into a front room and an entryway by the position of the furnishings. And since I consider these as two separate areas, I’ve adorned them as such (but in addition in a approach that they coordinate with one another).
This room regarded like this once we purchased the home, with the “entryway” being the world with the door and the wall to the best of the door.
Similar to the lounge, I did some “lipstick on a pig” makeover makes an attempt at first that I knew had been going to be non permanent. So I take into account the start of this rework to be April 2015 (the identical as the lounge and music room), which is when the outdated drywall got here down and the brand new went up.
And similar to the lounge, this space took me a number of makes an attempt to seek out simply what I favored. Once I completed this space in October 2018, that is what it regarded like…
It has gone by means of some minor adjustments between then and now. The credenza acquired a little bit of a makeover. Among the hen prints had been eliminated and changed with mirrors. I added some throw pillows.
However that 2018 date is once I take into account this are to have lastly been completed, which implies that this space took 3.5 years to complete.
Music Room — 6 years
Our music room was really supposed to be a eating room by the builder of the home. However since Matt makes use of a wheelchair to get round, having this room stuffed with a eating desk and chairs wouldn’t be sensible. I wanted this room to be open by means of the center in order that he can get by means of this space simply.
I used this room to experiment with just a few concepts, like varied wall remedies. However similar to the lounge and entryway, I take into account the start of this rework to be April 2015 when the outdated drywall and polystyrene ceiling tiles got here down, and the brand new drywall went up.
This room was somewhat completely different from the lounge and entryway. Whereas I actually put effort into adorning these areas (and failed a number of occasions earlier than succeeding), that didn’t occur fairly to that extent within the music room.
I imply, I did throw out plenty of concepts, and I even painted the partitions black at one level.
However after the brand new drywall went up, it wasn’t actually a matter of me making an attempt out 100 concepts and failing repeatedly (which was positively the story of the lounge and the entryway). It was extra that this grew to become the forgotten room. I used to be busy with different issues, so this room was uncared for for lengthy stretches of time.
However I lastly did get it completed in Could 2021, only a week or two after I completed the lounge, which places this room on the six-year mark as nicely.
Breakfast Room — 10 months
The breakfast room and pantry remodels had been began round July 2016. That’s once I acquired the room (again then, it was only one lengthy room) cleared out and got here up with a plan to get the ground in that room leveled with the kitchen flooring. The room regarded like this at that time.
So by that point, I had already eliminated the inexperienced carpet, a number of the skinny plywood that lined the entire partitions, and a number of the plywood that lined the ceiling.
That flooring was lined in asbestos tiles, so slightly than pull them up, I made a decision to have them encapsulated with a coat of concrete (this one room doesn’t have a pier and beam basis), which might additionally deliver the ground as much as the purpose it wanted to be in order that it will be stage with the kitchen flooring as soon as the hardwood flooring was put in.
That concrete was poured in August 2016, and this rework was formally underway. The breakfast room was completed in Could 2017, which implies that this room was in progress for 10 months. And it was throughout that point that I additionally repainted the kitchen cupboards.
That room appears fairly a bit completely different now since we’re utilizing it as a short lived sitting room (after Matt’s occupational therapist instructed him he wanted to spend extra outing of the mattress, and I needed to rapidly discover a place to place a recliner for him), however we’ll get our breakfast room again once we get the addition constructed. For now, this room has modified in appears and in operate.
Stroll-In Pantry — 2.5 years
As I acknowledged above, the walk-in pantry and breakfast room was once one lengthy room. That is what the again portion of that room regarded like once I was able to get began on the rework.
However whereas these two areas had been began on the similar time, I didn’t get the pantry completed till January 2019. Since this room was tucked behind closed doorways, it was fairly straightforward to place it out of my thoughts and deal with different issues.
So whereas the breakfast room rework took me 10 months to complete, the pantry ended up taking me 2.5 years to complete.
Visitor Bed room — 14 months
After we purchased our home, the visitor bed room regarded like this…
And shortly after we purchased the home, I eliminated the carpet and refinished the ground. Then once we had the brand new siding placed on the home, we had them shut up that doorway on the left.
However none of that was actually an effort to rework this room. I take into account the beginning of the visitor bed room rework to be November 2019.
That’s when our contractor tore out and moved the wall within the hallway, tore out the outdated drywall on this room and put in new, closed up the door to the closet on this room, opened up each closets to the house gymnasium, eliminated the window on the best facet, and had the stonemasons shut up the opening on the outside, and so forth.
By the point the contractor completed up his half, the room regarded like this…
I lastly completed the visitor bed room in January 2021, so it took 14 months. However these 14 months did embody a worldwide pandemic that shut every part down for some time. So I don’t actually know the way lengthy this room would have taken in any other case.
It’s attention-grabbing to look again and see these timelines. For me, it’s attention-grabbing to see that the rooms that ought to have been a breeze (front room, entryway, music room) had been the rooms that took me the longest. And the rooms that concerned far more work (kitchen and hallway rest room) had been those that took the shortest period of time.
Perhaps that’s as a result of I did these first, and I used to be far more excited and extra motivated. I don’t actually know the explanations.
However the backside line is that all of us need to go at our personal tempo. One other DIYer’s tempo actually isn’t related to our personal lives once we think about every part else that all of us need to deal with in our private lives. A DIY journey is simply that — it’s a journey — and all of us have our personal very distinctive experiences.
And I also can inform you that trying again at these timelines (six years for a front room!?) makes me really feel a complete lot much less insecure in regards to the year-and-a-half that our enormous grasp rest room has taken me to date. That loo took WAY extra work, and has taken far much less time, than the lounge or music room. So I’m feeling fairly okay about my grasp rest room timeline proper now. 🙂
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