What’s next? This house is full of potential; we’re happy to save and tackle the renovation in phases. You did it all on your own; were you tempted to get help? The only help we had was when it came to knocking down the walls and sanding the concrete countertops, which was a big job! But we know what we want and like doing things for ourselves. Any cost-cutting tips? • You’ll be surprised by the unique elements you can find at mainstream retailers; don’t be afraid to repurpose items you like. Be creative! • Do your research and homework before attempting a renovation; this will eliminate unnecessary errors and costs. • Create a moodboard with all the colours, textures, finishes and décor you like; this will keep your overall vision on track.