Wayyyy back in January I started sharing that we are in the process of renovating and updating our condominium home. It’s been a slow process with lots of stops and starts due to things completely beyond our control (ahem, Hurricane Irma…), but we really have begun to make some serious progress and it’s exciting to start to see things come together. So, today marks the day that I start sharing all of the photos taken, before and afters, and things that we’re learning on the journey of home ownership/renovations. I’m hoping I can share information that’s helpful, beyond just having the fun before and afters!
I’m starting with a simple and often neglected part of renovations – the utility area/closet. Shudder. Most of the time it’s a creepy area for gathering dust and spiders that only gets looked in upon when there’s need for repair. I’ll admit it – ours was exactly that. I’m pretty sure this door hadn’t been painted since the building was first built. Gold!
This all sort of started because we were getting ready to have the water main replaced into our condo unit, followed by the water heater, and finally finished next week with the installation of a new heating and air conditioning unit. It’s not sexy OR fun, but these are the type of substance upgrades that boost value for your home. Sigh. Fun stuff next post.
Lots of vacuuming and cleaning and scrubbing and a couple of coats of paint later…
And now we have a beautiful space that no one shudders to look into. In fact, when the appraiser came to take a peek, she was seriously impressed. And that made the time and work worth it.
We’re excited for the new heating and air conditioning unit week after next, mostly because it involves new toys – who doesn’t love new tech to fiddle with? The installers are connecting a nest thermostat to give that extra boost of not just a new unit, but energy efficiency and smart technology. I’ll be sure to share more info on that as we walk through the installation and set up.