What a transformation (Picture: Jam Press)
Anyone else find before and after photos of people’s home renovations deeply satisfying?
Maybe it’s because for so many of us, actually owning a property feels like such a distant dream.
Or maybe it’s the gratification of seeing the end results of a big DIY project without having to actually, well, do it yourself.
Providing the goods are couple Andrew and Sabrina Pougnet, both 28, from Ontario, Canada.
Andrew, a journeyman carpenter, and Sabrina, a recreation manager of a retirement home, bought a house in January 2020.
They found the property super charming, but realised it was pretty outdated, and would need some hard work to get it to suit them.
So they got to work quickly, renovating the entire place in just four months – for just $40,000 and with no professional help.
When Andrew and Sabrina bought the house, it was a bit outdated (Picture: Jam Press/@sabpfeff)
Here’s what the house looked like before its transformation (Picture: Jam Press/@sabpfeff)
The couple got to work straight away, and spent four months tackling the renovation (Picture: Jam Press/@sabpfeff)
They stuck to a budget of $40,000 (Picture: Jam Press/@sabpfeff)
The couple shared their entire DIY journey on TikTok, posting daily renovation updated to @aspenackley.
Sabrina said: ‘The most challenging part of our renovation was staying on budget.
‘Andrew and I had planned in advance how much we wanted to spend on each space, but ran into a few unexpected costs such as redoing our entry stairs entirely rather than updating them with a coat of paint.
‘We encourage everyone to plan all your projects through and ensure you have money set aside for unexpected costs or updates.’
Starting work in June 2020, Sabrina worked on the designs, sourcing inspiration from Pinterest, while Andrew tackled the construction.
They did all the work (Picture: Jam Press/@sabpfeff)
The kitchen received a major overhaul, with white Ikea cabinets, white oak shelving, a new backplash, and matching island stools to fit a monochrome theme.
All the faucets were changed, a new black sink was installed, and fancy details such as a quartz countertop and a faux beam.
In the living room, Andrew built and installed a new electric fireplace, then added more black and white elements to continue that simple, pared-back theme.
The principle bedroom had a revamp thanks to removal of the old wallpaper and a splash of paint – black on one section and beige on the other.
The house isn’t complete yet (Picture: Jam Press/@sabpfeff)
Andrew even built a new fireplace for the living room (Picture: Jam Press/@sabpfeff)
New bedding, nightstands, throw pillows, and a new chandelier completed the look.
Other costs included $10,000 on hardwood floor, $8,500 on redoing their staircase and $1,170 on paint, decorations and other supplies.
The entire home transformation took the couple four months to complete and cost just $40,000.
They couldn’t be happier with the final result.
The kitchen had a total makeover, with a monochrome theme (Picture: Jam Press/@sabpfeff)
It looks great, right? (Picture: Jam Press/@sabpfeff)
The couple have shared the entire DIY journey on TikTok (Picture: Jam Press/@sabpfeff)
Sabrina said: ‘There is nothing more enjoyable than sitting back after the renovation is over and admiring all the work you’ve put in.
‘Andrew and I worked non-stop on the house for the first four months of living here, all the while posting updates almost every day on TikTok.
‘Seeing how our renovation has inspired others around the world is incredible and we are thrilled to be able to share it with so many people.’
Here’s the living room (Picture: Jam Press/@sabpfeff)
And the bedroom (Picture: Jam Press/@sabpfeff)
Next on the list: renovating the bathrooms, adding a pool, and giving the garden a refresh (Picture: Jam Press/@sabpfeff)
The couple are still adding finishing touches to their two bathrooms, and hope to add a pool and landscape their yard in future.
To anyone considering a big home renovation project, Sabrina has some advice.
‘The biggest piece of advice that we give to others looking to renovate is to live in your space before you make any changes,’ she said.
‘Living in your space ensures that you are making changes that are truly practical and necessary with careful planning.’
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