Who doesn’t love to destroy some things for fun?

There’s something that’s so satisfying about taking something really crappy and bringing it down to bare walls and studs.

Today we started demo on the kitchen and the full bath. Let the fun begin! And, the potential for added costs. Whenever you start removing tile and walls, you never know what you’re going to find on the other side. There’s a lot of potential for finding water damage, mold, bad plumbing, electrical situations, and other problems that you may never have anticipated.

We got lucky with the kitchen demo — nothing crazy behind all the appliances or cabinets. So after taking a few measurements, I ordered the kitchen cabinets and countertop — which will be ready for pickup tomorrow. On a quick flip like this, I have go-to products that I like to use that are in stock, look good, but won’t eat up my entire budget.

The bathroom on the other hand, turned out to be the project that kept on giving…After demoing the tile and some of the walls, we discovered that whoever put in the prior tile, had just filled in cement over missing tiles, and a portion of the subfloor was damaged.

Add a bit more $$$ into the bathroom budget — we’ll have to get the subfloor repaired before putting in the new floor tile. But the good news is that I have a buffer in my budget to help offset these unknown expenses. The bad news is that there is still plenty of time left to run into a ton more problems (and spend more $$$) before we’re done. So I need to make sure I have plenty of room in the budget for those unknowns.

We even had to demo the walls in the neighboring bedroom due to water damage. But the good news is that we got all the bad drywall out, and we’re replacing the plumbing that caused the problem to begin with.


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