Natasha was interviewed by the Toronto Sun on her tips for surviving a home renovation with your relationship intact. Having gone through numerous moves and renovations with her husband Graeme, Natasha has some key tips including:
- Aligning tastes
Aligning a couple’s taste is a big challenge. For my husband and I, it was ensuring that there was a glamour and sophistication that was appropriate for entertaining, but also making sure that nothing was overly precious. At the end of the day, we wanted to build something together where we both feel comfortable putting our feet up. It is important that the space be liveable.
2. Stick to a budget
Be on the same page from the get-go regarding your budget. I think it’s really important to make a wish list. What my husband and I often find is we prioritize different areas of the house. For example, I may want to allocate greater importance to the kitchen cabinetry and hardware, whereas home automation may be a top priority for him. Ensuring that you are on the same page about money and where to invest that money is key. Much of the fun and creative aspects of a renovation come toward the end of the project as well, so keep in mind that if you have a particular light fixture in mind or wallpaper that you love, budget or create a contingency for that early on in the process.
3. Have fun and enjoy the process
We often love doing things around the house ourselves. For example, landscaping, installing new hardware, and painting are great projects to work on together. By doing these things as a couple, you can take great pride in your home. My husband and I are expecting our first child any day now, and it was such a great bonding experience to work on the nursery together. He was so excited to help paint and be involved with the details.
For more tips, make sure to check out the article here in the Toronto Sun.