Renovation Fatigue

Now that we're at the tail end of the project, we're feeling quite emotionally and physically (not to mention financially) drained by the whole experience. Don't get me wrong, for the most part we're quite happy with everything, but it's just all the cumulative effects of constant research, decision making, site visits, meetings with the builder, communicating with subcontractors, shopping around for miscellaneous bits and pieces and dealing with issues etc that are taking their toll.

We've had a few minor annoyances and a couple of major cock ups, which will hopefully be addressed satisfactorily. Most of the trades / subcontractors have been great to work with but one has been a constant source of annoyance and concern, chocking up a seemingly endless series of minor and major issues that add to our frustration and dent our confidence.

The devil is in the detail and I guess we're now at the stage where that detail is evident so it's easy to find things that aren't quite what we expected or anticipated. Some things are due to our own choices. For instance, the period fan controllers we chose have an audible buzzing noise (we'll probably replace them with contemporary mechanisms), the steel downpipes proved to be troublesome and a few other things like that.

Also, now that the bulk of the building work is complete and it's mostly finishing left to do, the visible pace of change from day to day seems glacial at times. Although in reality that's not true, it just seems that way.

To return to the positives, most aspects of the project we are really happy with and the place is looking fantastic. We can't wait to move back in, hopefully in early June we're expecting.

Then we can embark on the next grand project ... the permaculture garden. Cool


Renovation fatigue

At least the end is nearly in sight. From your pictures, the house has been given a new lease in life. It really does look amazing.

Thank you

Thanks so much for your site Brian. I'm looking forward to trawling through it for any tips you have to offer.

Just a couple of days ago I started my own Brisbane Renovation blog ( to try and map out my renovation journey and to possibly provide a little information to help others on the way.

Our house is in Spring Hill, Brisbane, and is subject to a multitude of codes/requirements - so it is a little daunting. We took our first step a year ago by getting a contour and detail survey done, and boundaries pegged...(all done under the one expensive invoice). But that is as far as we got until now.

I am curious, if you could give one piece of advice, what would it be?

I hope you'll post a final update on your place.