Renovating Our Office Space

We’ve been a little busy around here this summer renovating our fourth bedroom into an office. We worked hard to get our outdoor projects done the first week we were on break, and now that most of the outdoor projects, sans a large garden area, are done Mr. FM is working feverishly to get our office space up and running.

I feel some days like I’m just splashing cash all over the place!

Renovating the office is something we’ve been waiting to do for two years since we first moved in. We’ve set aside a budget to work with and saved up the funds. I’m rather impressed that Mr. FM has become a huge budget planner with the project, spreadsheet and all, marking down every expenditure and tracking all of the costs involved and plans. He’s really gone to the next level with his accounting, as he usually leaves all of that up to me and ignores the costs involved in any project.

It will be so nice to work in together when it’s done. It will be a recording studio space for Mr. FM’s podcast and the other half will be my photography studio for my business, and a cozy place to write. Currently, I’m operating out of our bedroom in a cramped corner. It’s been over a month since we started, but now that it is the primary focus I’m hoping it will be done in the next two weeks.

Mr. FM is pretty awesome with home projects. Back in 2006, his very first minor home improvement was putting in a new fan and light switch with my Dad’s help. Since then, we’ve gutted two homes and renovated everything in both ourselves (aside from HVAC). He knows how to make so many things work well together. This office will be another shining example of his skills: rewiring electric and internet for our best use, rebuilding storage, putting in new walls, ceiling, floors, and insulation, as well as repairing some problems we’ve stumbled upon.


Never be afraid to DIY. While we don’t always get it right, more often than not we learn a ton in the process and save a ton on costs. Do tons of research, learn from different sources, and ask your hardware store guys for lots of info on how best to finish the job. Start small, like hanging a fan, and then grow from there. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your DIY skills will improve with every little project.