The anticipation of an upcoming remodel or addition can be exciting. Knowing there will be a new and positive change to your home is certainly something to look forward to. You need to be aware that there will be several emotional stages during the job cycle. Having this knowledge beforehand will better prepare you for the looming disruption to your normal lifestyle. Make no mistake, remodeling with a contractor is a relationship that will have its ups and downs. Part of choosing a contractor is finding one that you feel comfortable living with during the course of the project.
The first and beginning stage of every project is usually the most fun. Seeing the workers get started makes you realize that the hard work of planning and your dreams of the new space are coming to fruition. Because it’s new, the initial adrenaline boost elevates your emotions. You’ll be happy and feeling good for a few days. That’s about the time the second stage of reality sets in. This is when you realize how disruptive your life has become. It’s kind of like what happens in a marriage; eventually the honeymoon ends and real life begins. Camping in your house without a sink, stove or shower gets old very quick. Then there are the change orders requiring additional money, the early morning arrival of the workers with their foreign smell and sound. And it’s not like they are confined to the space outside your home. They come right into your private space making noise with tools, banter and music. They could be likened to the house guest that stays too long and disrupts your normal flow. These are the dark days of a project. Much like the Tom Hanks movie, “The Money Pit” (which is a good movie to watch as a reminder not to take things too seriously), your emotions and stamina get tested to the limit. But if you can just hang on for the last stage it will all be worth it.
Assuming you hired a legitimate contractor that is reputable both in workmanship and character, the final stage of the project should begin to lift you back up to the mountain top. You’ll start to see the finishes come together, which create that magical plan you worked so hard at. And the big plus is knowing the pain will be over soon. You’ll be able to regain control of your life. Materials you’ve been stumbling over for several weeks are now starting to make their way into the project, the plastic barrier comes down and there is less dust floating in the air. In the slideshow we begin this journey of disruption. Just remember, there is no gain, without some sort of pain.