I often hear renovating described as an addiction and I know I have certainly experienced that feeling. There is something exciting about taking a run down, unloved house and restoring it to its former glory, bringing it back to life. There is a pride and a connection you have to your house when you renovate it yourself that’s special. I remember walking through The Block All Stars house at the end and thinking, ‘We made this.’ We painted every wall and chose every tile, brick and cornice. We oversaw every inch of the restoration and when it was over it felt like we had truly earned the house, which made it very hard to leave. I cried the last time we closed the doors. I never expected to feel like that, but we had created our dream home and I didn’t want to leave it.
So now I am counting down til we can do it again, for ourselves. If you’d told me I’d feel like that when I was in the thick of dirt, dust, ruble and endless painting I would have laughed at you, but now I am desperate to do our own renovation and keep it this time!
But is all the effort worth it? With the property market booming at the moment (in Melbourne and Sydney at least) I’m reading stories of people making hundreds of thousands on a house after a year, without touching it. You also hear of people getting carried away with their renovations, going way over budget, over capitalising and spending more on their than it’s worth. Add to that the demand for ‘renovators delights’ and sometimes you can pay more for somewhere than needs work that somewhere that doesn’t.
I guess The Block is to blame for a lot of that! Still, I want that feeling again. I want to create my dream home and know that we made it look like that. I want to choose where things go and how they look and hopefully to make a profit in the process. So now we just need to find the right place. Let the search begin…