Renovating a house is a very intimidating task. Much more, if you are gutting the whole place. It is so unlike just re-painting, when even if you make a mistake you can easily re-paint again, and it is not that costly a mistake. When we gutted our place four years ago, I learned a lot from the experience.
Seeking outside help for extra set of eyes, made a big difference. As homeowners, we are less able to think outside the box that we live in. The fresh set of eyes brought ideas out which we incorporated in the plan. It also helps to know what you like best in your current house, so you don’t lose it. For us, it was the layout and the scale of the rooms. We left them as is. Deciding which we wanted to change was easy. That was where a lot of the work was done. The bathrooms were gutted as well as the whole kitchen.
The most important learning of all was it paid to listen to our architect and the builder. They know when to tear things down and start anew to save renovation money. Always keep in mind though, that it’s perfectly fine to spend extra money if it is for aesthetic, historical or sentimental reasons. Just make sure, there are funded extra checks to write and sign.