Journey of an Architect is a blog started by Tim Ung to document his journey to design 30 projects by the age of 30 (May 2020). His posts focus on his design process, thoughts, struggles, and successes throughout his journey.

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After picking up all of the materials for my bathroom renovation, I brainstormed a good day to start this new project. As I held my forehead and stared at my desk, I thought to myself, why not start now? So on a Friday evening, I walked my dog and took my last shower in the outdated bathroom, and brought over a scraper, hammer, and work gloves. Here are eight learning experiences that I’ve had so far in my bathroom renovation project.

Now, without further ado, here is this week’s Friday Four!

1. Lesson of the week – Be Patient

Whenever I take the time to plan out a project, I do my best to capture everything, including the unknown factors that will lead to additional work and finances. Oddly, when I plan out personal renovation projects, I go through the same routine, but I’m always taken aback when the unknown problem is revealed. Then, I enter a mode of stress and slight panic where it feels as if the world is crumbling around me.

For example, during my bathroom renovation this week, I discovered two issues that I hoped to avoid, but included in my plans. First, demolishing any drywall with mold on the stud side of the material. Then, removing all of the drywall in the bathroom and replacing it with moisture and mold resistant drywall.

As soon as I discovered the mold and experienced the difficulty of removing wall tiles, I knew that I had to find an alternative solution. So I quickly demolished and disposed of the moldy drywall and I decided to gut the entire bathroom. However, I felt more stressed when these issues became a reality because it forced me to take a step back and reevaluate my renovation timeline. My goal of completing the renovation in one week has increased to two or three weeks.

With the AIA conference on architecture coming up, Andrea away from home, and taking care of my dog, the stress became almost unbearable. So I took a step back and decided to put the project temporarily on hold until Andrea is back home. That way, we could team up and work efficiently through this renovation with less stress and headaches. This simple decision was followed by a sigh of relief and I was at peace.

2. Best moment of the week – Attending my first AIA convention

This week, I flew out to Orlando, Florida for the 2017 conference on architecture, which is my first AIA convention. So far, I’ve learned so much from the experts here at the show and I’ve had a fantastic time walking through the exposition floor where manufacturers are showing their latest and greatest products.

Best of all, I had a chance to see Francis Kere, Michael Murphy, Liz Diller, Alejandro Aravena, and Michelle Obama give their keynote talks. All of them did a fantastic job and their talks were inspirational. There’s so much that has happened in just the first day of the conference and I’m excited to attend the upcoming seminars and keynotes!

3. What I’m currently watching – Casey Neistat on YouTube

Due to the little time that I’ve had at home, I’ve taken about 15 minutes a day to relax, which resulted in watching an episode of Casey Neistat’s vlog on YouTube. I’m always fascinated by his videos because he takes so much time and effort to record, edit, and share his videos. In fact, in the episode that I recently watched, he mentioned that he spends between 3 to 7 hours at night editing his videos. That’s passion and dedication!

4. 30x30 Project Update – 11x30 Bathroom Renovation is on hold 

After such a hectic week, I’ve decided to take a short break from my personal projects so that I could focus on learning and having a great time at the 2017 AIA conference on architecture. This means that my bathroom project is now on hold until the first weekend of May where I’ll resume demolition of all the drywall, removal of the vanity sink, mirror, and toilet. 

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