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 So on a Friday evening, I walked my dog and took my last shower in the outdated bathroom, and brought over a scraper, hammer, and work gloves.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 – Don’t cram, do stay consistent

As you might remember, about a month ago I demolished a small portion of my bathroom, stopped, and decided to wait until my schedule cleared up to resume work. Over the past week, I’ve been renovating the only bathroom in my house with Andrea, having an installer replace 3 double hung windows, and replacing the remaining old basement and bathroom windows with glass block.

Focusing on the bathroom renovation, we decided to take our time and breakup our schedule so that we could work full-time, do some work on the bathroom in the evening, shower at my office, cook dinner, and sleep. When we started following this schedule, I found that my stress was significantly reduced and that we could enjoy our time together in the tiny bathroom. We shared stories, talked about things we could do, reassured each other that something we did would be okay, and problem solved as they emerged.

I learned that my initial goal of completing the renovation in a handful of days would’ve been possible, but stressful and full of errors. Spreading the project over two weeks allowed us to slowly chip away at the renovation and we got so much more done in these short evenings. Just like running a race or preparing for an examination, you’ll do better if you maintain a comfortable and steady pace than if you powered through it all in a short timeframe.

2. Best moment of the week – Turning 1 year older

This week, I turned 27 years old and took some time to reflect on everything that I’ve accomplished since my last birthday. This is my annual ritual for my birthday because it helps me realize that I’m working steadily towards a bright future. Here’s a quick overview of some of my major accomplishments this past year.

Since last year, I received my license to practice architecture in the state of New York, adopted a dog, completed at least 6 new 30x30 projects, was a finalist in an international design competition, attended my first AIA conference on architecture, gutted and renovated my bathroom, changed all the old windows in my house, kept up with my blog, got my first client who is my best friend, kept in touch with all my close friends, and traveled a lot!

I’m sure there’s a lot more that I didn’t mention, but those were the major ones that immediately came to mind. My birthday also marked the 2 out of 5 year milestone of my 30x30 goal. By the end of June, I’ll have 12 projects completed and my goal will be to complete at least 6 more by my next birthday.

3. What I’m currently listening to – Gary Vaynerchuk’s Podcast

Every week, I find myself listening to Gary Vaynerchuk’s podcast more often. He releases new episodes almost every day and a lot of his talks are repetitive where the underlying themes has been mentioned in other episodes. However, it’s a reminder that his views on entrepreneurship and hard work are consistent and his voice is always authentic. In particular, I enjoyed his interview on Aubrey Marcus’ podcast, which is one of Vaynerchuk’s most recent episodes. I highly recommend listening to this episode.

4. 30x30 Project Update – 11x30 Bathroom Renovation is halfway complete

After Andrea returned from her 3 week trip to New Mexico, we got right back to work on the bathroom renovation, gutted the entire room, had a plumber run new lines to the basement, installed new framing, installed the Schluter Kerdi Board around the tub, hung green board drywall, and mudded/taped the drywall. Our next steps are to add the final coat of plaster to the drywall, seal the Kerdi Board with the Kerdi Membrane, prime/paint the drywall, install tiles, grout, sealant, and finishes. Our goal is to have a complete bathroom by Wednesday.

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