What plans? I do an outline in my head then wing it. I walk thru the spaces, visualizing end results. Though had I planned better I might have lined up the center of a sliding glass door in the breakfast nook with the kitchen faucet through the passthru.
My other screw-up turned out better than expected, selecting semi-custom cabinets for the original tile flooring, then ripping out the tile. I went to replace a tile after demolition and found them popping off the original terrazzo easily which I had thought would be near impossible. So I pryed off another tile, then another, until the entire house was terrazzo, exposed to restore.
Posted some of these pics elsewhere. These are my 2nd & 3rd houses I've ever done after doing my 1st and swearing never again. Well, again: never again. Picked up two houses dirt cheap after the crash. Now I'm cleaning up the dirt, and it ain't cheap. I’ll wind up putting into two houses what I got from my one house, so I misjudged that, but I’ll have income from the property so I wind up well ahead, just not as good as I’d thought. I try to do as much work as I can and sub out the rest. Also I work as laborer for the guys I sub out to, speeding them up and keeping costs down. This is when you learn you're not really Bob Vila.
Anyway, Here's my little cottage I'll be renting out. Have the bath about done, HVAC done, single pane windows replaced with thermals, replaced ugly doors with glass ones with the miniblinds between the panes, insulated, new subfloor, crown molding, new lighting (mostly stained glass fixtures), just got the faux wood blinds to install, painting almost done. Still have to do new countertops, new kitchen sink & faucet, install new dishwasher, install vinyl "plank" flooring (fake textured applewood, actually looks pretty good) and build new decks and stairs.
Cottage bath before with all the previous tenant's crap in it
After gutting, walls and floor now cement board so a tenant could splash yet not damage. I lined up the grout lines floor to walls in all directions and went up to the ceiling so, when entering, the floor space seems to extend up the walls. I replaced tub for shower to reduce water use (included in rent), reduce liability of someone stepping over the side of a tub and to make access easier for the elderly. Also I added under sink storage as space is at a premium.
As it is a very small cottage, to make good use of each square foot, I'm considering removing the bathroom door which opens into a short hallway and installing a stable-type door, on barn-type hinges if I can find them at reasonable cost. As the cottage is only for max 2 people, the door would probably remain open anyway, functioning as an artsy piece but also providing guests fartsy privacy.