I’m reminded everyday by the simple gestures of random people that you meet along the way, and yet how they leave a positive impact on your day. One of the guys hanging the drywall on Monday is a bit of an artist! I hardly heard a peep when the two guys were working downstairs. And before they left, one of the them left this one of a kind original masterpiece on the plastic covering of our kitchen window! Dale and I looked at each other, then smiled and giggled. No words needed . . . just a smile:) It was a great way to start the week!

So here’s what’s been happening! On Monday, the drywall board went up. Wednesday, the first coat of drywall compound “mudding” was applied. Thursday, the second coat of drywall compound. And today, they finished up with a spray coating of orange peel. We’re so happy with the end results! The best part, I get to start painting!

So, you may be thinking that we’re almost done. Nope, not yet! We still have a lot more work to do, but at least the messy part of this renovation is done with! After I’m finished with painting the kitchen, our entry hallway and our one and only bathroom, Dale will start in on getting all the light fixtures installed, and we will finally have some light in our kitchen!

Next week we have someone coming in to install some floors tiles for us. It’s a good thing when we had our floor tile installed 15+ years ago, that we saved the unused tiles that were leftover over, because you can’t find that style anymore.

The trim around our kitchen window will also be finished up next week, along with one more coat of stain.

So what have we learned so far, that we can share with all of you that are looking to remodel a space in your house, or even building?

  1. Before you start any project in your home, I would strongly advise that you hire a knowledgeable Interior Designer to draw up plans. They think of things that are easy to miss. And good plans will also help when you need to stay within your budget allowance for the project.
  2. Do your homework in finding quality contractors, whether you’re building a house or doing some of the work like we are, and then contracting out the rest. We learned 15+ years ago, that putting up drywall is a job we never wanted to ever do again, so we contracted that out. You have to remember, drywall professionals do this for a living. They already have all the tools, and the expertise to get the job done efficiently and professionally.
  3. We used Angie’s List, Home Advisor, and our local Facebook classifieds page to search for contractors. Talk to your family, friends, and colleagues. We found out about our cabinet maker through our Interior Designer.
  4. Make sure whomever you hire, that your personalities are a good fit, they have a good reputation, and they are someone you can trust! Ask lots of questions!
  5. Always ask for a Certificate of Insurance before you hire any contractor! In the event they were to get injured on your premises and you didn’t do your due diligence in securing the Certificate of Insurance, guess who’s responsible? You!
  6. Not everything always goes according to plan! Both you and the contractors need to have some flexability in your timeline of getting the project done. Remember, your project isn’t the only one a contractor has.
  7. Don’t ever rush a project just to get it done! You will regret it, maybe not now, but down the road you will be saying, “I wish I had done it this way or that way”. We’ve all been there, but it’s always a good reminder:)

Well, that’s enough for today! We’re a bit exhausted, and I’m quite sure you’re a bit exhausted from reading this post too!

Until our next update, enjoy your weekend! Happy Baking!