Q&A with Suzi and Stephan

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Any cost-cut­ting tips? Know what you want be­fore you start. It’s very costly to change your mind half­way through the ren­o­va­tion! Also, draw up a bud­get and stick to it! Write down all your ex­penses, oth­er­wise you might lose track of them. Where did you get your ideas? We used floor­plan­ner.com. Suzi also de­scribes her­self as a Pin­ter­est ad­dict: “I steal with my eyes,” she laughs. What would you do dif­fer­ently next time? We’d make sure that we have de­cided on fin­ishes be­fore we break out the first brick. We de­mol­ished the wall be­fore we chose floor­ing, which de­layed our project as we were con­tem­plat­ing var­i­ous fin­ishes.

Any other tips? Plan, plan, plan! Know what you want, go to var­i­ous sup­pli­ers and touch, feel and sam­ple items you like. It’s also im­por­tant to com­pro­mise and let your part­ner make some de­ci­sions. What do you en­joy most about your new liv­ing area? The wall unit. Lots of love, sweat and tears went into it and it’s the first thing you see when en­ter­ing the room. It re­ally com­pletes the look we wanted.

What’s next? We’re com­plet­ing a deck in our front gar­den, so we still want to re­place the three arched win­dows in the liv­ing room with a door. We’ve also started ren­o­vat­ing the kitchen. And then we need to get the nurs­ery done be­fore our daugh­ter ar­rives!

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