It’s been a ride! As I look around my completed home, it feels like it took forever, but also went by in the blink of an eye. I love how everything turned out. Now that the renovation is done and the mess is cleaned up and my home is once again my own, I can say I love being home! Relaxing in our space is easier than ever before (now that I’m not always looking at it thinking about all the things that need to be done) and it finally fully reflects our style and lifestyle. It’s so beautiful and it’s so satisfying to feel like I can proudly show it off!
The changes we made to the layout of our home suit our family so well. We have our own personal spaces and still have the rooms where we can gather together. It’s perfect.
So what did we learn? Living through a renovation, especially one like ours that was spread through so many areas of our home, is hard. I knew it was going to be, and I thought I had prepared for it, but my patience definitely wore thin by the end. I was done with the mess, done with the noise and done with the disruption. I was so ready for everyone to just go. It’s a hard feeling to avoid. We kept pushing through because we knew how happy we would be when it was all done.
Being honest with yourself before starting a major renovation is a good plan. I can definitely see how living in a renovation zone might not be for everyone. It’s chaotic and nothing is every really clean, and it’s almost impossible to relax and wind down. Thankfully much of the worst of the renovation happened while it was still warm enough out to spend a lot of evenings in the yard and by the pool. It was an escape we needed and truly appreciated. Finding a space to get away is definitely something I would recommend.
On that note, here are the final pictures of our space:
The front room has been transformed into a beautiful sitting room and home office space. I love the cabinetry which is sunk back into the wall so much deeper inside than it looks like from the outside. The fireplace gives this space a little pop, and I spend lots of time there.
We stole space from what was a three piece main bathroom, turning it into a powder room for guests, and creating a bar area adjacent to our kitchen. It’s wonderful to have that extra space while entertaining!
We took the third bedroom on the main floor and split it in half, using half to add an ensuite to my daughter’s bedroom and the other half was transformed into a large walk-in closet for the main bedroom.
Originally the ensuite of the main bedroom was dated and fairly small, as was the original walk-in closet, so we combined the spaces and made a large new ensuite with a full sized shower, a beautiful freestanding tub and a double sink vanity, with more than enough space for everything we need!
Thanks for following along and watching our progress! I hope it’s helpful to get a bit better of a picture of what living through a renovation is like. If you’re considering embarking on a journey like this, let us know! We’re happy to use our experience to guide you through each step and be there to celebrate with you when the job is done!