Need a mentor (a bit long)
How do I begin to fix up my house?
My 90's ranch is pushing 15 years without any significant changes or much maintenance. It's driving me to drink --my DH thinks everything is just fine. My hopes for the kitchen include new countertops, sink, faucet, paint, flooring,and possibly backsplash, cabinet doors and drawers (Scherr's?). For the rest of the house, painting would help alot and I want to rip out hideous carpet and replace with prefinished hardwood. Guest bath could also use some major help.
From all the information I've gleaned from reading this forum, I kind of know the basics of what I want but would also appreciate advice and exposure to things I may not have considered. So, after a long introduction, my question is, "Where do I start?" We're not very good DIY'ers and have somewhat limited funds (maybe $25,000 for everything--I know I will have to make some major compromises).
Is it possible to find someone to manage the whole process for me? What kind of person would do that? Would it add significantly to the cost? None of my friends are into upgrading and certainly not upgrading on a budget so I haven't had any luck asking around. Any advice or push in the right direction would be much appreciated. I'm posting on the kitchen site as that's the one I've read the most and it seems to be the most active. I feel totally inept and have put these things off for way too long. A lot of posters to this forum seem so confident and knowledgeable. How did you all get to be that way? Thanks so much for any input. There are days I wish there was an HGTV show that would just take me over.