Have you ever lived through renovations? We’re living it right now. And, I have to say it’s pretty chaotic. And, we’re not even doing the kitchen!

Scheduling and waiting…

First, it starts with scheduling and it seems these days, the scheduling window is 5-6 hours. It feels like you’re always waiting…waiting on hold, waiting for an appointment, then waiting for confirmation of an appointment, waiting for the consultation, waiting for a quote, waiting for materials or parts to arrive, waiting for contractors to show up, waiting for them to finish, then waiting for the bill. It’s definitely a waiting game.

Ceilings and floors…

So far we’ve had our ceilings scraped and smoothed out (no more stipple), primed and painted. Actually, I should say we’ve had 3 bedrooms and a hallway done. There’s still 1 living room, a dining room, and family room to go.

Also the carpets have been ripped out. Seeing your bare plywood subfloor with all its squeaks is rather unsettling. And hearing your dog scamper across the subfloor is an unexpected, head turning sound. What the heck is that? Do we have little critters scurrying about the house?

Living through renovations...by Colleen Kanna, Photo of Oliver on the bare subfloor with boxes of hardwood planks in the background.

27 boxes of maple hardwood planks have been delivered and are resting on the plywood floors in our bedrooms. Installation starts today.

Decisions and more decisions…

In all of this, it’s decision overload. What’s your budget? What style, what type, what material, what colour? I don’t know how many trips were made to the flooring showroom to borrow samples. We held them up in every room, in every light, in the day and at night.

And, you definitely have to get used to contractors traipsing in and out at different times of the day.

Window coverings…

For kitchen window coverings. we had a design consultant come out to our house. We pondered over samples and settled on the zebra shades in a white, tone-on-tone pinstripe. The next day, someone dropped by to measure the windows, then an order was placed, and within a week we had new blinds installed. A very quick and easy process with Blinds To Go. I love these new shades. How cool is this?


Bathrooms and broken appliances…

We’ve had a phone consultation with another design consultant to renovate the ensuite bathroom. Next is an in-person consultation with a contractor to ensure that what we’d like to have done can in fact be done. Bathroom renos are mucho dollaros and the whole process takes way more time than you think. With any luck, it will be done in 2024.

And of course, last weekend, the washer broke. The spin cycle decided it was no longer interested in spinning which left us with sopping wet towels. So off to Home Depot to buy a new washer and dryer. You might as well get both. It’s a better deal. And presumably the dryer will go next anyway. Delivery on Wednesday.

Our reno bucket list…

What’s next on our reno bucket list?

  1. Inside entry from the garage. This could be a tricky one. I have a plan all drawn up in my head. Can it work in real life? We’ll see and lord knows how much that will cost!
  2. New vanity and toilet in the downstairs bathroom.
  3. New front door with retractable screen and a screen on the back patio door.
  4. Upgrade windows in the lower floor family room.
  5. New dishwasher. The current one still works but it has the crankiest squeaking door. And yes, we have tried everything from vegetable oil to all types of lubricants.

So, what have I learnt so far? I now know what people are talking about when they say once you start renovating, it never ends. Not only because when one thing gets updated, other things are suddenly begging for an upgrade too, but also because fixing one thing leads to another thing needing to be fixed or replaced. Case in point, when a light fixture came down to do the ceiling, it couldn’t be reinstalled so off to Home Depot again to get a new one.

And we haven’t even thought about new furniture or decorating yet…because our bedroom furniture is still in the living room.

Need a recommendation?

I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you how grateful I am for all the recommendations we’ve received for trustworthy contractors that do quality work at reasonable prices. It’s one less thing to worry about. If anyone is looking for a recommendation, I know a good contractor or 2.

Until next time,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna, Photo by Anna Epp Photography

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support local breast cancer organizations who treat the whole person and not just the disease.