I knew buying a “fixer-upper” as a home would be a lot of work, but there were a few aspects of it that I really wasn’t expecting to be as hard as they were. Those aspects, you may ask? The kitchen and bathroom. People warned me about how difficult, time consuming and expensive it is to do them up, but even with that forewarning, I wasn’t expecting it to be as hard as it was.
I was hoping to do the majority of the work by myself and just hire a plumber to do all the technical stuff, but it became apparent pretty quickly that I needed a kitchen space designer. Melbourne has plenty of designers to choose from, and so I settled on one that would allow me creative input and not break my budget too much. Obviously I hadn’t budgeted them in at all, but seeing as it became obvious to me that I needed a designer, I made room in the budget for them.
I did notice a difference once I employed the kitchen designer. The process became a lot easier and it allowed me to focus on other aspects of my house, like the master bedroom and living spaces. Once the kitchen build was nearing the finish line, the designers turned their attention to the bathrooms. After realising how hard the kitchen was to do alone, I initially delayed starting on the bathrooms. I was hoping that I’d be able to watch and learn, and then renovate them myself, but when the time came, I realised I was out of my depth.
It became clear that I also needed someone to handle the bathroom renovator. Within Melbourne, once again, there are plenty of professionals to choose from, but I chose to stay with the company who had designed my kitchen. It was easier that way and they had done a good job with the kitchen. In the end, it was a good decision to leave the bathroom and kitchen designs to the experts.