Help us get started...
DH and I have never done a major home reno (except for our pool a few years ago) . His parents have never owned a home (always rented in NYC) and my parents' very limited experience with renovations did not go well.
We have reno ideas for our house but would like to do them in phases based on what we can afford. DH insists that we don't take loans and pay cash for the renos, so we can only do so much at a time. How should we proceed? Would it make sense to come up with one master plan and implement it over time? Would whomever we hire to do this put pressure on us to get it all done now?
Here's what we'd like to do now:
Move washers/dryers upstairs (possibly into a large linen closet and steal some space from a large bedroom).
Put in french doors that lead to back yard from mud room
Remove linoleum floor in mud room & replace w wood to go with rest of house
Replace sink in mudroom bathroom
Convert mudroom closet into pull-out pantry
Install cubbies in mudroom
Bump out the kitchen, compete gut
Remove part of wall between kitchen and family room (load bearing)
These projects are all sort of related but we feel like they could be completed in phases. Do we start by hiring an architect? What would something like this cost to design (I mean the plans, not the costs of the reno)? Obviously the kitchen is the biggest part, which is why I'm posting in the kitchens forum. And, will we be able to find a contractor to do things one phase at a time?
Thanks so much. I realize we are clueless at this!