A New House Macheesmo
We purchased our home in downtown Denver over five years ago and have absolutely loved it. We love the location, love the city, and we are close to friends and family.
The house we purchased was on the market for a long time and had kind of a weird layout. It has an old shed attached to the back of the house which isn’t exactly a great use of space in the city. It’s missing a bathroom on the main floor (not uncommon for old houses) and the kitchen is okay, but not laid out ideally for me.
When we purchased the house we thought that if we continued to like the neighborhood we might someday want to do a large renovation on the house to fix some of these issues and make it truly a dream home for us.
Well, that day has come!
Actually, it has been coming for over a year, but it is finally here.
After over a year of planning, decision making, budget crunching, and city negotiations, we moved out of our house over the weekend so people can come in, tear it apart, and rebuild it!
It’s exciting, scary, and expensive, but I’m very ready to go through the project! I thought I would share some of the basics with you all!
Putting Together a Team
One of the first decisions we had to make on the project, which we made over a year ago at this point, was to forego using a traditional design firm for the project. Instead, we put together a team of independent professionals to help us including a designer, an architect, a general contractor, and a structural engineer.
Turns out there are pros and cons to both, which we quickly learned.
The biggest pro of using a design firm is everybody is on the same page. The team that’s working on your project has probably done many projects together and they have a streamlined process.
The cons of the design firm are that it’s way more expensive and you also lose some control over the process.
By putting together our own team, we’ve been able to really get into the nitty-gritty on the project and we have saved lots of money so far over what we would’ve spent with a traditional firm.
The con of the independent team though is time. It has taken us SO much longer to put the project together because we have to coordinate schedules and plans for a bunch of people who haven’t worked together regularly.
But, if you have the time (we weren’t in a rush to do this project), it’s definitely something to consider!
The New House Plan
I took some rough screenshots of our finalized plans. This is how our house sits as of today:
You can see the weird shed in the back and how the kitchen is kind of crammed in the corner. It has worked fine for us, but it’s not a dream layout for sure.
Here’s what our final main floor will look like after the renovations!
We are gaining a huge new kitchen with island in the new addition space, converting the current kitchen into a media/living room, adding a powder bathroom on the main floor, and getting a sweet new deck that opens into the kitchen.
We are also going up a level on the addition and adding on a guest room and bathroom and office which is great!
Well, right now we are waiting on a few final permits from the city of Denver and then we will start construction!
I’m not planning on posting many posts on the construction process, but I’m planning on doing a lot of Instagram story updates on it, so be sure to follow me on the Gram if you want to see some nitty-gritty construction updates! There will be sledgehammers!
Advice or Questions?
If you have done a massive renovation and have advice, I’m all ears!
Also, if there are things you’d be curious to see about the project, I’m open to sharing! Leave a comment with what you’d like to see over the next 6-8 months as we work through this crazy project!
Most importantly, wish me luck. I’m gonna need A LOT of it.