A and B wanted to fix up their nice old place in San Antonio. It wasn’t super-old, but it was about 60 years old. It was a sort of 60s classic two-storey timber place, three bedrooms, one add-on room out the back, and in reasonably good condition. A and B had some experience in DIY renovation, and had done a pretty good job of it in their last place, a much more modern home.
Their idea of renovation for their old place was OK – To a point. Where they went off the rails was assuming you could renovate an old place the same way you can renovate a new place. The house was older than they were. They’d never even seen a kitchen built the old way, or a bathroom. They started to rip things out.
By the time that the plumbers had finished bailing out the place, the timbers were warped, and the lower floor looked like a down-market swamp. A and B moved in to an apartment for a few months until the smell went away, and got used to seeing bank statements with fewer digits as they did repairs. It was an interesting, six-figure exercise in not renovating a home.
This is what they should have done:
1. Forget DIY for major renovation work – The financial risks are way too serious.
2. Never, ever, just start ripping things up in an older building, particularly a timber building.
3. Get pro builder advice and a thorough check of the premises before you touch a single nail.
4. They needed all-round expertise to evaluate and manage the fittings, structural issues and risks of this renovation.
The good news for people doing home remodeling in San Antonio is that you can get all the help you need locally with a single phone call. There’s a very experienced home construction company in New Braunfels practically next door, called Timber Construction.
They’re rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. If you’re looking for kitchen remodeling for your place in San Antonio, or need bathroom remodeling, new constructions or renovations, all you need to do is call them. Check out their website here at http://www.timbergd.com. Give them a call, and avoid the horror stories.