After the contractor leaves and the dust settles, there can be unfinished items. Try these Home Remodeling Hacks to get the house functional, quick!
Almost two years ago we bought a short sale that was in desperate need of some attention. Prior to closing, our plan was to update the floors and kitchen. In the blink of an eye, our small project became a large-scale remodel where the only items that remained where the tubs and a few light fixtures (no joke… Things escalated quickly) *insert Ron burgundy picture*. Throughout the remodeling process, my smart husband figured out some helpful home remodeling hacks to make the house liveable, quickly.
While we were undergoing this major renovation we lived at my parent’s house with our then 1-year-old daughter. We were especially lucky that the house we bought was just the block over from my parents, so we could easily monitor the progress nightly. The time we spent at my parents quickly ended up being 7 months, and in that time my parents decided to downsize.
(i.e. Leave the neighborhood. As my father stated “the neighborhood was going downhill fast”. This was after we had a dumpster fire that froze the surrounding neighbors street into ice but that’s a story for another day. Most likely in a post titled “how to win over your new neighbors before you move in and have the fire department pay a visit”).
I love you but get the Hell out of my house
Since my parents were now
selling their house out from under us downsizing, we had added pressure to get into our new house. With every anticipated completion date came another setback.
Our master bathroom flooded two rooms on the main level the weekend before our scheduled move in. We came to a point where my parents were moving at the end of the month and we needed to be out as soon as we could so they could pack without a 1-year-old around.
We promptly moved in once the plumbing was fixed but the house was far from HGTV ready. Side note – it’s a bad idea to watch HGTV while remodeling a house. It isn’t finished in 30 minutes and Joanna Gaines does not have it beautifully decorated and staged when you enter for the first time.
What we moved into was still a gorgeously updated house but it was very noticeably unfinished in many areas. This is where my husband’s superior background in construction and building products came in handy to make some things more functional until we could finish the items on our punch list.
Temporary Home Remodeling Hacks That Make A House Livable:
A God send. Seriously. My sister showed these to me and they may or may not still be in our bedroom. These were the ones we bought. They offer privacy without the stress or cost of making a decision quickly.
Painters Tape Cabinet Pulls
aka Blue Tape Hardware
Talk about classy! Apparently, this is something cabinet people, like my husband, do to protect the cabinet until hardware is installed. We may or may not have this in our kitchen still. Are you sensing a trend? This width was the best for pulling open the drawers. Too thin and you will rip it. Too thick and you can’t easily grip it.
Old Light Fixtures
We have 8 of the small round light fixtures in our house. Even though they are not in any way what I want or like, the cost to replace them was out of this world. And that was for a similar cheap fixture. It caused me physical pain but I knew it was best to leave these until we could afford a better substitution. Which may be never;)
The guest bathroom was a room we didn’t put as much design into and really wasn’t as concerned about it. We still have the paint covered light fixture that was there originally but needed a mirror. Again, the budget came into play and another $75-100 item was nixed. My solution was to use the wall mirror we had from our last house in this spot. It isn’t officially a “bathroom” mirror but who cares. It was free and does the job nicely.
We did almost all wood floors in our new house. With wood floors comes the necessity for rugs. It helps deaden the sound and protect the floor itself. Again, this was another item that would have added up to thousands easily. As much as it pained me, I put the rugs we already had to use and bought a few cheap options for the other spaces.
Champagne wishes and Caviar dreams… or whatever Robin Leach used to say.
I dreamed our new house would be picture perfect after the renovation, especially the day we moved in. The reality is that even with contractors completing the work some things were going to be unfinished and I had to live with it and in it.
The truth is that we have lived here for a year and a half and some things are still in these temporary states. I’ve learned to take it one project at a time OR add one project at a time to hubby’s honey do list;)
The house still looks great and most people that visit don’t notice these items as much as we do. (With the exception of the cabinet pulls, everyone notices the blue tape hardware)
Tell me about your favorite home remodeling hacks! I am always looking for some new ideas!