Yikes, the cost of remodeling!!
Our little 1500 sf home is 40 years old, paid for for awhile now, and it's falling apart!!
By the time we get through having this done by outside contractor, we will pay more than we paid for the house, and this is nothing extensive, mainly fixing cracks, painting rooms, etc. Both bathrooms are being totally torn out and replaced, and in the kitchen the cabinets need to be upgraded.
My DH has always done all the work on the house, painting, tiling, upgrading, building a pantry, another closet, garden shed, etc. but can no longer do it; wow, I guess I took all that free labor for granted! Going with cheaper labor didn't work, I'm married to Mr. picky picky perfectionist and he has an absolute fit if it's not done right, lol!
Fortunately we have found a father/son duo who were taught by Grandpa, and their work is great, and when they get done we're going to have a very spiffy comfortable cottage!