No matter how many hours of HGTV we’d watched (and believe me, there were many), nothing could have entirely prepared us for our home renovation a few years ago. Combining our two-bedroom apartment with the one-bedroom next door – we theorized – would give us enough space to grow our family at a smaller investment than selling and buying a new three-bedroom in our Brooklyn neighborhood. Plus, we could design the home to our liking.
That did prove true, but not without some hard lessons learned.
A wise friend told us prior to starting our project that if you can survive a major home renovation with your partner, you can work through pretty much anything together. She was absolutely right. For an added degree of difficulty, we were raising a 1-year-old baby while combining apartments. We were really in for a test.
Now that hindsight has kicked in and the