Join us on what we hope is not the remodel from hell. But let’s start at the beginning:
We just sold our beloved home of 15 years where we hosted dozens of birthday, engagement and just to get together parties, graduation and prom after parties, and celebrated countless moments of success, cried over sad times and rejoiced during engagements, marriages and new babies. This beautiful home holds our lives in its walls and I will miss it forever. But, alas, it is time to move on and enjoy the next “passage”. Therefore, we have chosen to return to the first home we ever owned together, a 2000 sq foot townhome smack in the middle of San Diego. But before we can move in it is absolutely necessary to take care of some deferred maintenance (to say the least…after all, have you ever heard of a tenant that did any type of maintenance?).
The first step in any remodel is to start interviewing contractors, right? Being committed to due diligence we interviewed a prominent design and build firm that took our relatively simple kitchen and master bath remodel and turned it into a $215 thousand dollar job. We said buh-bye and ultimately wound up with a young and eager contractor with good references who did the one thing no other contractor seemed to do…he listened to what we had to say. I am going to withhold names of all we work with at this point just in case they don’t work out. After all, it would be hard for Rick to represent himself in a slander suit since he doesn’t do defense work!
The purpose of this blog is to share our experience along with some cool design ideas that you might be able to incorporate into your own home or remodel and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is all positive. I am the ultimate optimist, aren’t I? Let’s start with the before pics….as you look at these please be kind. Remember that the home is 30 years old and has been a rental for 15 of those years. I promise the after photos will be worth the wait!