The cost of renovations (plus photos!)
Well, I was going to wait to post photos. I wanted my place to be fully furnished and completely settled in. But I feel like it’s going to take months for me to finally be happy with how the place looks. So instead, you’re going to get partially furnished pictures, some boxes, and no photos/art/decorations on the walls. Oh, and ugly curtains. They will get replaced sometime soon. Just use your imagination. :)
As for the renovations themselves, the total cost was $3,780 – way under my initial prediction/budget of $4,500. This included all new flooring throughout (removing ceramic tile, laminate and carpet), ripping out a built-in desk, a bit of re-wiring, re-caulking the tub, and painting the entire townhouse. For me, having to pay under $3,800 for everything that I got done was totally worth it to me.
My place looks a million times better (at least in my opinion), and is way more functional. Although to be fair, the place showed well to begin with. It wasn’t that tragic, and I could have lived without any of the renovations, but I’m much happier now in the space now that it’s all been done.
Here are some before shots of my place (the previous owners took them):
And now, here are the photos after my renovations:
So obviously a lot still needs to get done. I need a bed, and that weird nook in the bedroom with the boxes will eventually be my desk area. At first, I was completely against the bedroom – and it was one of the main reasons I didn’t even want to see the unit. But the weird angled wall in the bedroom actually doesn’t look bad in real life, and that nook is a lot bigger in person. For someone like me, who is so obsessed with having everything align properly and square, I’m surprised that I like it.
I also need some sort of shelving unit in the space where that built-in desk used to be. I was thinking a more functional built-in, but that will be really costly. And later on down the road, I would like to completely redo the kitchen and the washroom. But until that time, it will do. Neither is completely hideous. There is also a big storage room behind the door in the kitchen. That’s where all of my hiking gear, bicycle, and pantry are at the moment.
Hope you had fun touring my place! :) Any questions?
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.