Now that we are within days of becoming home owners for the first time (no pressure!), I've started researching the renovations we have to do (kitchen and bathroom, only the most expensive rooms in the house!!). One of my favorite sources of information on renovations and do it yourself stuff is This Old House. Recently, I found a good article on This Old House about kitchen remodels, titled Kitchen Design: How to Avoid a Dozen Pitfalls. It provides lessons learned and how to avoid problems - my favorite:
4. The Regret: I work harder than my appliances do I wish we'd invested in a larger-capacity refrigerator and a second dishwasher when we designed our kitchen five years ago. With three children, our fridge is overflowing, and I am constantly unloading and reloading the dishwasher.
Today, we put in an offer on a house. I don't know how other first time buyers handle this, it's weird to be getting ready to have breakfast and wonder if we've just signed away our life savings or if the seller is just going to dismiss our offer and we will continue on.