Post # 1
We bought a new home in October. It’s a lovely 1900 victorian. It needs a little love, but has fantastic old charm. The full bath, half bath, and the kitchen are the major projects of the house. They’re all functional, they just need some work.
I’m trying to figure out a budget and remodel plan, and realized I’mean not sure where I want to start. Which would be the top priority to you? Bathroom or kitchen?
Post # 2
Depends on your priorities. We were able to renovate both before we moved in. I’m not a cook, so while I like how pretty our kitchen is, I don’t spend a lot of time in there. On the other hand, I love coming home to take a shower in my beautiful bathroom in the evening. So if I had to choose, I would have done our bathroom first.
Post # 3
Congrats on your home! We have a 90 year old crafstman, and it’s gorgeous but definitely needs love in the kitchen and bathroom! After making due for a few years, we’re finally doing the bathroom this year because it is a gut job and also more straightforward/fewer pieces. It’ll be our first real renovation together so it seems like a smoother step to see how it all goes.
Our kitchen is functional as-is, but needs new countertops, backsplash, cabinet doors and cabinet paint job. We already got new appliances and painted the walls and ceiling so that took us a loooong way. We’ll keep chipping away at that as time and budget allows.
Post # 4
Stephanie8904 : It really does depend on your priorities. We renovated our master bath first….but that doesn’t mean it was the *right* choice. We dfigured it was a smaller project to tackle, so we did. It all worked out for us because we’re going to sell our house soon so we’ll only do new floors downstairs and replace the kitchen countertops – where as had we renovated before deciding to sell we likely would have done a much larger more expensive reno (to make it exactly what we wanted) and while kitchen and baths sell a house we wouldnt have gotten our money back from it.
If this is going to be a long-term home for you, renovate the room you think will use the most.
Post # 6
I would pick the room that I spend the most time in. Unless you love cooking and/or entertaining, I would guess the bathroom would be the best thing to tackle first.
Post # 7
Stephanie8904 : Depends, are you all big into cooking? Which costs more? I would start with the cheaper project first because these type of things have a way of ballooning sometimes. Is there more than one bathroom? If not you might want to wait ppb that one so you can save up and have then so a fast job but that likely costs more.
Post # 8
happyhappywife : I love craftsman homes! I guess I just love old homes in general. Ha.
This is the second home we’ve purchased. Our first we turned into a rental (for now). My husband says he never moving again and plans on “dying in this house.” A little dramatic.. lol.
I guess I’m having a hard time figuring out what matters more to me. The bathroom had the tile on the floor and around the tub replaced. Also a new pedestal sink. But the new stuff isn’t really my taste and doesn’t match with the feel of the house. The kitchen had cabinets put in probably around the 70’s.. and the laminate is in rough shape. We brought our appliances from our first house, so I wouldn’t need to purchase those.. but it will still probably be the more expensive project.
Post # 9
Stephanie8904 : Totally depends on what they need done. If the tub is crusty and rusty and your sinks are corroded, deal with the bathroom. If your stove is outdated, the wall has burn marks and you haven’t got a dishwasher, maybe the kitchen should be a priority. Live in both awhile and figure out what you most want/need (like a tile splashguard… sigh) to help plan.
We are waiting on full renovations at this time as we’d like to restock our funds first, but we picked out the bits and pieces that needed immediate dealing with and went from there – replaced our bathroom sink pipes that corroded, replaced the heating elements in our water heater and the rest was surface: patch holes, new shower curtains, cheap but more updated light fixtures that we’ll replace with better someday. In the kitchen we had to replace our tap and a couple of years later our stove. We prioritized the kitchen lights (so dark in there) and put in a laminate floor this year (and painted as a result) but we’re almost 3 years in before dealing with that one! It’s amazing what some surface work will do.
ETA: you wrote while I was…. Laminate is pretty easy to install, we’ve discovered, though doorways can be a pain. However if you DIY you’ll need a saw or two. The kitchen laminate project, for us, was easily under $1000 for mid-range laminate. I think tile would be more of a pain to DIY, but maybe just b/c I haven’t tried it. However if you’re somewhere humid and the grout is degrading, you may want to prioritize that b/c of mildew/mold.
Post # 10
Stephanie8904 : I vote bathroom only because it’s a smaller porject to get your feet wet. It’ll probably reeal some of what you might be dealing with when you do the kitchen if there are any surprised in the walls being an old house.
Post # 11
Stephanie8904 : kitchen all the way! It sounds like it’s in worse shape even if the baths aren’t your style.
Post # 12
Kitchen. It’s a pain to pack up a kitchen (so many cupboards) once you’ve already moved in. I’d do the kitchen first before you unpack. Bathrooms are easier to pack up, and worst case, you can wash your hair in the sink and do sponge baths from the sink while the shower is out of comission. It’s not glamorous, but it works.
Post # 13
Stephanie8904 : Pics?
I’d have to see what it looks like before I made a decision. Somethings ya can live with. I do’nt mind outdated. But I can’t stand dirty stuff..or dirty feeling stuff…if that makes sense
Post # 14
I would want to start with the kitchen, but that can get pretty costly depending on the updates needed, how much work you can do yourself, and the quality of materials you are planning using. The bathrooms might be less expensive to start with, and quicker to get done and see results. Cost may not be a factor for you… In which case, do whatever bothers you the most first.
It really has to come down to you and what you prioritize.
Post # 15
Our house flooded in August, so we have been forced to redo everything. We had plans to renovate kitchen and bathroom eventually, so we just decided to go ahead and do it now. Having both done at the same time, I can honestly say that I’m most excited about the updated kitchen. But I’m really excited about the bathroom also (bigger, nicer tub! eek!) Like PPs have said, its mostly about your priorities. The kitchen is in the center of our home and where most people hang out when we have gatherings, so it was top priority in my book. And I love to cook!