Name: Mike and Sandie
Type of Project: Foyer renovation
Location: Saskatoon; Saskatchewan, Canada
Type of building: 2 1/2 story single-family home, built in 1919
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After being introduced to Mike and Sandie's foyer renovation project, we took a look at their inspiration for the finished space. Now we're digging a little deeper to take a look at an aspect of the project you're probably all wondering about — the budget.
We’re old-fashioned DIY kinda folks. As an engineer and an artist with the renovation of one 1920’s craftsman already under our belt, we’re confident performing most tasks with the renovation of this 1916 home. In the foyer we’ll be 100% getting our DIY hands dirty, but we’ve already handled the more sensitive issues of sistering joists, lintels and load-bearing walls, plumbing, ducting, and major electrical with the trades while working on our other rooms.
We like doing the work... and even consider it fun (yup yup we’re full of beans)! Doing the work ourselves also allows us to recycle and re-use on-hand or locally sourced materials (through local classifieds, and neighbours/friends) as much as possible, which cuts costs as well as rescuing otherwise discarded materials from the landfill. This mandate takes more of our time (to source the material/condition it for use), but we feel it’s worth the extra care & attention.
Demolition: $45 (a case of beer, takeout, and neighbours' truck)
DESIGN AND PERMITTING:
Light: $0 (we plan to re-use a fixture on-hand)
Total (with wallpaper): $1460
OTHER BUILDING MATERIALS:
Wainscoting/trims $400 (+on-hand remnants from Dining Room)
Decorative plaster ring for light: $50
Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week as Mike and Sandie's renovation gets underway.
(Images and diary text: Mike and Sandie)