$5000 Small Bathroom Renovation With Unavoidable Surprises

HOW TO RENOVATE A SMALL BATHROOM ON A BUDGET   Please don’t be alarmed by my renovation sarcasm hidden in this post but it gets depressing as a homeowner to find so many problems with the biggest investment of your life. Even though we paid our mortgage off 5 years after we bought this house we put off updating the house because it was livable the way it was, until things started to happen. In our house we have a small bathroom which is a standard 4 piece vanity, toilet, bath and shower and a large master en-suite in need of updating for top resale value. Although the dollar signs just keep on rolling we’re learning how to avoid potential problems in the future. Coming from the UK I’m still learning about Canadian homes and one thing is for sure, there’s not a lot of love in some of them. Problems have developed in our small bathroom on the second-level thanks to some awesome home building techniques since the birth of our house just shy of 20 years ago. What was supposed to be a small bathroom renovation has turned into a small budget grab only because it’s what we […]

A leaky shower: Watching your cash flow down the drain

DIY HOME IMPROVEMENTS FOR LESS It pays to be involved in the workings of your own home and understand what happens when something goes wrong so you can be fixing items the frugal way. I’ve always prided my self in the fact that I have never had to call out a trade in an emergency situation, but I do call trades in to complete installations of services. It all seems to have happened in and around the water system this past few weeks. First, the water drain for the kitchen sink blocked up and wouldn’t shift when using a plunger. Liquid plumber was used to release the build up inside the trap as the trap for some reason is not equipped with a clean out. Once the standing water was drained, part of the problem was solved. The trap clean out part of the problem that has been noted and will be dealt with during the kitchen renovation. The second issue was the opposite of not draining. Having our inner tank of the water softener split on us earlier in the year and replacing the water softener myself things have been running smooth. That is, up until a few weeks ago when the shower started to leak on a […]

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