Seven Ways to Survive a Remodel (And Save Your Marriage) Tips from Pisa Design, Inc
Author: Lisa Peck
Article source: http://interiordesignguide.info/. Used with author's permission.
Remodels are tough on everyone. The house is out of order,
the refrigerator is out of pudding, and the family wiener dog
is out of sorts as he searches for his food dish. To help
ease the stress of a remodel, we suggest you follow the list
of tips below.
1. Invest in "his" and "hers" robes. During a remodel, your
house in no longer your own. Everyone from Pete the
plumber to Earl the electrician walks through your home at
all hours with little regard for privacy. If you'd rather they
concentrate on the work in front of them instead of you
walking by them, we suggest you invest in some
robes-preferable terry cloth for their comfort and thickness.
2. Stuff your speed dial with take-out. Even if the kitchen isn't
part of your remodeling project, it's a good idea to create a
robust file of take-out and delivery menus from local
restaurants. Place settings and candles on a cardboard
box where your dining room table used to be aren't
motivation for anyone to prepare five-course meals. And you
never know when you may find yourself without electricity,
natural gas or water. Plus, delivery guys need the tips.
3. Get to know that guy with his name stitched to his shirt.
Prior to starting your project, kindle a relationship with your
local gas station attendant. Buying bottled water, dairy
products and using the facilities will be a much more
pleasant experience when you know the person behind the
name. You may even get a smile every now and then.
4. Know when to drop everything and run. Just as you would
for a double date with the couple across the street, devise a
plan of escape. Even the best-run projects can try your
patience and linger on with no end in sight. Tack the phone
number and picture of a close friend or favorite hotel to your
refrigerator (if you still have one). Knowing that there's an
alternate site to the natural disaster that was once your
orderly home may be all the therapy you need until the
project is completed.
5. Hold off on conversations that start with "How was your
day, honey?" Conducting heart-to-heart conversations
around the dinner table during a remodeling process is like
carpeting your bathroom-not a good idea. Even if you delay
such discussions until later in the evening, you may find it
difficult to concentrate as you gaze at the rec room through a
hole in the floor.
6. Get-togethers are great-but not at your house. Family and
friends, they mean well. But under no circumstances should
you invite anyone over before the project is complete. Wait
for the paint to dry before you break out the fondue set. Even
if she wants to view the work in progress, you know full well
Aunt Mabel is bound to say something about the entry tile
that will send you into orbit and drop you back on Earth
feeling sick to your stomach.
7. Do not open until X-Mas. You may be tempted to plan a
party or host a family holiday shortly after the anticipated
project completion date. Don't. If you thought picking out a
faucet for the master bath made you sweat, try cutting up
jicama for your party and then noticing a blotch of ceiling
paint on the backsplash. Even under the perfect conditions,
remodeling always takes longer than anticipated. There's
plenty of touch-up work required up to a month after the
tradesmen call it a wrap. And it's not like the perfect
accessories are just waiting to be snapped up at your
neighbor's garage sale. Our best advice to you is that you
plan your first party six months after the estimated project
We hope these survival tips come in handy as you plan for
your next remodeling project. If you're tired of survival tips
and are looking for someone who will offer you a wonderful
remodeling experience, hire top-notch professional interior
designers or architects who come highly recommended by
friends, family or associates. Lisa Peck and Kristen Mengelkoch are partners and
principal interior designers at Pisa Design, Inc. in
Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are experts in both remodel
and new construction residential projects.
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