Jenna and Colin - Real Life Reno
What spaces did you renovate?
We are slowly renovating the whole house, inside and out! It is a 30-year-old, one bedroom house and we started it all with the bathroom. Originally it was a separate laundry/bathroom but we decided to knock down the wall and turn it into a big bathroom with a European laundry.
Using Bondi in Pink
How would you describe your style?
I would describe our style as rustic coastal with pops of colour. I think that style changes though to suit the feel of a house, especially in a renovation. If we were to build from scratch our love of industrial, minimalism and nature would come through a lot more.
Talk us through the process you took in the planning stages of the renovation!
We are doing our whole house renovation slowly, which means we can plan as we go. In saying that, we have an overall idea of what we want the spaces to look and feel like, so it will all still come together cohesively at the end… hopefully! I use Pinterest for inspiration photos a lot! I then pin my favourites to my mood board and go through them with Colin, deleting any that we don’t both vibe with. For individual rooms like the bathroom, I create a smaller and more specific mood board using screen shots of things like colours, materials and cabinetry ideas.
Were there any delays? How long did the renovation take?
So far, we have completed the bathroom and bits and pieces of other spaces. We have decided to focus on the bedroom now and hopefully have that finished early next year. We chose the bedroom after the bathroom as it’s not going to cost as much and gives us time to save for new appliances and materials for the kitchen. We haven’t given ourselves a timeline as we are both working full time but if there was a delay it would be due to time or money. I hope to have our house close to being finished by the end of 2021, but we will see what happens!
How did you adapt?
From Colin’s perspective, a huge challenge was straightening, leveling, and squaring up a building that has moved around to a point where nothing was straight, level or square! Overall though the biggest challenge has been figuring everything out for ourselves with no project manager and doing things we have never done before such as making the cement bathroom sink.
What was the most challenging part of the renovation? Did anything go wrong?
From Colin’s perspective, a huge challenge was straightening, levelling, and squaring up a building that has moved around to a point where nothing was straight, level or square! Overall though the biggest challenge has been figuring everything out for ourselves with no project manager and doing things we have never done before such as making the cement bathroom sink.
Did you and Colin butt heads over the design at all?
Yes! It almost feels like with every decision we must make there will be some sort of argument or heated discussion. We have learnt to communicate in different ways like drawing our ideas rather than trying to explain them over and over! It does get exhausting but in the end, we always come to an agreement and we are so happy with the results so far.
Did you come into the TileCloud showroom to look around at tiles? Did you order samples?
The TileCloud showroom is too far for us to visit but we did order samples. I fell in love with the pink Bondi tile the moment I saw them on Pinterest and samples were not available, so it was just a matter of choosing the wall tiles. I ordered 1 box of 5 samples to begin with and then another closer to when I was ready to order. There were so many amazing options which made it hard to choose but the inspiration on the TileCloud Instagram made it easier.
- Live in the space prior to making big decisions
- Silicone is unforgiving!
- Mood boards are a real thing and do help
- Think about how you can re purpose materials before throwing them away
You can follow Jenna and Colin's reno journey on instagram: @wondaree.reno