When does it end? We all know where it start. That daunting, dated blue bathtub, with matching blue toilet and sink staring at you, morning after morning, when you’re still half asleep brushing your teeth. Or maybe it’s the tarnished yellow (used to be white) cabinetry with plastic handles from the 80’s that throw you off the edge. Whether it’s one scenario or the other, we’ve all been there. The question is really where does it end? Okay, so you make the decision to start a renovation. You talk to your partner, set a budget and start calling the trade for quotes. Maybe you even start getting work done before you realize that you are no longer in control of your renovation.Let’s paint the walls, and of course the moldings, ceilings and doors. While we’re at it, let’s also touch up the bathroom because the tiles are too dated. But if we’re going to change the tiles, we might as well change the vanity and the mirror. If we change all of that, then the shower and toilet will look dated and all of a sudden we’re in the middle of a full blown major bathroom reno. Moving the washer dryer downstairs, moving the bathtub and adding a walk-in shower, installing an electric towel heater, changing the doors and molding throughout the house to match. Because hey! if we’re going to make a mess painting, we might as well get the rest done at the same time!So you probably think I’m exaggerating, but this is a true story that I experienced with one of my clients. And I can say that, to some extent, it happens on every reno project. It’s hard to know when to stop, which is why you need to plan from the start. If you’re not going to be changing everything, you have to make sure that the selections for the new compliment the old that you are keeping. And if you’re not comfortable with that, you might want to adjust your budget for a few extra changes along the way or wait until you have the budget to do it all at once.
The last thing you want is to spend money changing a countertop that will only make the tiles beside it look even more dated. On the other hand, if you need help choosing the right countertop to compliment the dated tiles, that’s where I come in!