How a Bid on Flooring Inspired a 3 Room Reno
Things have been very busy with business these days! We have some really exciting projects going on, but there is one I want to focus on because honestly, I am not sure I can do it, and if I do, it’s something I will be ecstatic about for a very long time.
After finishing their laundry room, which is now in full use, my parents were motivated to move right on to the next space, and because I’d never charge them, it’s a great way to show you how and where you can save on costs and when to splurge and hire a professional.
So for a while now I’ve been talking to my parents about updating the floors in their living room, foyer, and dining room. However, they’ve been hesitant because of the cost and instead opted to get their carpets shampooed (wall to wall cream carpeting in the living room, dining room, and on the stairs). Not the most functional for a family as large as ours.
After getting carpets shampooed and seeing no real change, I urged them to truly consider replacing floors. I thought they should just bite the bullet and at least get some estimates on the cost of labor. I would happily pick out their flooring, and once we had a couple of bids in, they could make a decision.
As I said before, their current flooring is carpet in the living and dining rooms, and they also have hardwood that was never finished properly in the foyer.
You can see the foyer floor needs a fresh start!
You can see the marks left on the carpet (which is the same color that is in the living and dining room) from years and years of heavy traffic.
My suggestion: rip it all out and get one continuous floor in all three spaces and up the stairs.
Yes, I know that they have real authentic hardwood floors in the foyer but there are two main problems with it:
- It is in really rough shape (yes it could be refinished), but this leads us to problem number two.
- The sub-floor underneath it is in need of repair. The floors creak constantly and loudly.
After the shampoo job wasn’t enough, I pleaded my case to them (again), and they were now open to hearing a few estimates. We called one gentleman that had done work on their house before, and they were comfortable with his workmanship so we asked to meet him first. After hearing their wants for the space, and taking some measurements, he came back with a bid a few days later.
The price? $6700. Ummm…what?
This was for labor only, no material costs were included in the bid! I estimated the cost of the flooring to be somewhere around $1500 and the labor to be a bit more than that. So with the floors being around $1500 and his bid of $6700, my parents were looking at a total of $8200 just in replacing the flooring!
The sticker-shock of the bid was too much! I simply said to my parents, for that price I could redo all 3 spaces for you.
And there it was. The gauntlet was thrown. No take backs!
So, apparently the budget for all three spaces, including new flooring, new furniture, and new art and decor is $8200 or less! Time for me to put up or step down!
Just like that, we’re moving forward and getting a plan in place. I know there will be lots of DIY projects along the way and I will share it all with you; the good, the bad, and the ugly! Hang in there with us. It’s going to be a wild ride!
Do you think we bit off more than we can chew? Let us know by commenting below.
Here are some before pics of the space so you can see where we’re starting!
My mom loves pink but is ready for a change!
The view from the living room into the dining room
You can see the wear and tear on the carpet!
The this little space looks rough now but will be a showstopper later!
Create. Innovate. Decorate!