In a world of renovators, home improvement reality shows and 252 wooden floorboard varieties, it’s not easy knowing that your ugly 80s kitchen is here to stay and the useless nook, currently filled with old tennis racquets and bar stools, will never be converted into an ensuite and walk-in-wardrobe.
I don’t mind a bit of “interiors porn”. I’ve had a subscription to a home magazine for years and love drooling over the flashy overhauls and clever interior design tricks. There’s something irresistible about the glossy pages filled with immaculately styled homes and aspirational mood boards.
I’ve got piles of magazines with dog-eared pages marking clever bathroom renovations and kitchen makeover tips. And yet, I have no intention of renovating. Just as I buy foodie magazines and never manage to cook a single recipe, I’ll never produce a mosaic feature wall or walk-in pantry! If I can’t make the latest Donna Hay recipe because it requires three ingredients I’m unfamiliar with, then I know renovating is not for me.
Our suburban house is screaming out for a renovation. I’d be happy to take an axe to my 80s timber kitchen, and my laundry cupboard, aka the “Euro laundry” is about as spacious as a tin of sardines. It’s definitely not suited to those with a demanding laundry schedule. The apricot tiles in our bathroom have no place in the 21st century and are only marginally nicer than the terracotta slate ones in the living areas.
“Your house would look great with polished concrete,” my reno friends say. “You should knock down the back of the house and rebuild. Just get some plans drawn up and you’d be amazed with what you can do.”
But here’s the thing. I am not a renovator. It’s simply not in my DNA. I am deficient in just about every area required to survive a renovation. Based on my observations, there are renovator key selection criteria you must address, and I fall spectacularly short in every area: