Friday, May 24, 2013

Flat Renovations Start Today

Flat renovations start today!

Yes, dear readers, it is true.  I have bought a flat, 79 square meters (850 square feet) in downtown Budapest for 80K USD (I know, right?)  I bought it with the help of a generous no-interest 5-year housing loan from my employer--thanks, CEU!  The previous owners are an elderly couple who owned it for 23 years, and have made minimal repairs to the place.  It will come as no surprise that it needs an utter and complete renovation.

The back story, for anyone interested, is that the flat/apartment/condo/whatever is located in the palace quarter of Budapest.  It is an amazing, up-and-coming neighborhood that is located behind the National Museum, 20-25 minutes walking distance from Central European University.

I bought a flat that is on the fourth floor of a small four-story Bauhaus building.  What is great is that only one of the four walls is shared--the others have no neighbors and, given that it is the top floor, there are no upstairs neighbors either.

Both the exterior and interior is a shambles, and it may take a while before the building itself is renovated--although the process has begun, it probably won't be years before it is actually done.

The interior is what I have to deal with; the rough deadline is September 2013.  The original flat has been disastrously sub-divided into a million tiny rooms (9 to be exact!), and

Today begins the demolition of six of those rooms, as indicated in red (spare room, kitchen, hall, pantry, toilet, bathroom) into one large kitchen/dining/living area.  A large spare room will be converted into the bathroom, the living room will become the guest room and the bedroom stays the same.

Here are some photos of what it looked like now before demolition (featuring Zoli the Architect):

As you can see, a LOT of work lies ahead...


  1. I am very inspired to read about your awesome flat's renovation activities. The all of photos of your flat are really nice. I am also searching easy sources of Classic Home Improvements and your activities are proper guideline for me to renovate my flat easily.

  2. Hey, I'm happy that you like it! Let me know if you want to talk about anything. I will be posting again soon.

  3. Erin, I think we are neighbors. Is your flat in the pink secessionist era building on Kofarago? We're on the 4th floor with the small balcony. - Clancy

  4. Here's a link to a NYTimes article from 2010 that highlights the renaissance in the 8th:

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