When I approached Loi with the idea of documenting my unexpected remodel she was so enthusiastic that she asked me if I would be a guest blogger on her site to share our project with her readers . So here I am and thank you Loi for having me!
Our unintentional remodel came about because of a big water leak from our dishwasher that ended up ruining all our hardwood floors and the bottom of the kitchen cabinets. Loi had graciously photographed my home a while back and it looked like this and now after the flood it looks like this:
My challenge now will be to do as much as I can with the insurance allowance and not go over budget. What that will entail will be a lot of hopefully creative ways to make stuff look good without spending a lot of money. You know the saying, “champagne taste with a coca cola budget”, well mine is “champagne taste with a tap water budget!!”
Where to Start?
First on the list and the biggest expense is the floor. My original floor was real red oak hardwood on a plywood base that looked like this:
For those of you in older homes, you may have similar flooring, as opposed to the newer engineered hardwoods on the market today. I decided I didn’t want to go back to real hardwood for a few reasons:
- It was really expensive
- I didn’t want to go through this fiasco again of a flood that was undetected until the floor popped up
- I think I‘ve gotten over my obsession of being a real hardwood snob, lol