Home Remodeling: Uncovering Small Surprises


When I think about home ownership, I think more about planting beautiful flowers out front, rather than the ceiling joists that have sagged over time. Home ownership, it ain't easy! In fact, most first-time home buyers today purchase homes that need a bit of fixing up. Home remodeling projects are a great way to add value to your house, and can be personally rewarding but that doesn’t mean that they are easy. The first rule to keep in mind is to expect the unexpected.

What happens when you remove drywall only to find that the ceiling joists were under sized for the span of the room in the first place? You have to make it right. If you watch HGTV at all, you know that Mike Holmes is the one behind that saying. It's not the easiest thing to do, and it can certainly take extra time and money out of your already tight schedule and budget.

My husband and brother worked all weekend starting with the demolition and truing up the ceiling. As is the case with the above mentioned ceiling joists, extra support was needed with new 2 x 8 pieces of wood, with proper bracing in between. This was needed for a true ceiling that not only makes hanging the drywall much easier, but it's aesthetically pleasing as well. When all is said and done, the room, like the others that have been remodeled, will have been done right.

Sometimes, these little surprises are too much to tackle on your own. It's best to step back and seek the help of a professional contractor to ensure that your remodeling project is done correctly. Most importantly, have fun. When you start a project and see it through to the end, you have an immense feeling of pride as well as a beautiful space.

Have you ever remodeled a home? What surprises did you uncover? What helped you remain calm and focused throughout the process?

Sky Seery owns Seeryus Mama, a blog about life as a midwestern mama and the products that go along with it.  Born and raised in Nebraska, it’s home. Sky is married to Brandon, and they are slowly updating their current home with hopes to build in the future.  They have two children a tween and toddler and a spoiled schnauzer.  Sky works as a part-time librarian and she is also attending college with the hopes of one day earning her Master's in Library Science.


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