The Remodeling Roller Coaster

Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom can be fun, creative and exciting. It also has its ups and downs as we term it the ’emotional roller coaster’. This roller coaster could have dramatic highs and lows or it can be a fairly smooth ride.

Typical remodel roller coaster.

Renovisions roller coaster.
Below is our version of the roller coaster illustrated through
a recent design/build kitchen Renovision.

We believe what makes a difference is how our team approaches the project from design and selections to final completion.

If you are in a first time kitchen or bath remodeling project and you’re feeling a little nervous, you are not alone. An investment of this size comes with a lot of questions and the desire to make sure your ROI is great. The feelings, thoughts and emotions of a homeowner experiences is often translated into the common metaphor of “the remodeling roller coaster” and it could not be more accurate. Like any disruption to your routine, the process of remodeling requires patience and flexibility. We recommend that you try to keep your eye on the prize, a room you will enjoy for years to come!

People ask “why the big dips?” we can explain.

Just like buying a car, you may need to review the bells and whistles to reach your ideal cost for your remodeling project. When you work with our design-build team, we are able to give realistic pricing as we design for you. We also present options that fall within a Good-Better-Best cost basis with various product choices.

After design you’ll be signing a contract. We try to make ours as simple as possible, while protecting the rights of our company and the homeowner. After making your deposit payment, your project is scheduled on our calendar and deconstruction of your home will begin soon.

During the demo, its possible unforeseen issues are uncovered that will increase cost to the overall project (rot, repairs, re-routing electric, plumbing lines), subcontractor, shipping and inspection scheduling are complex and there are bound to be a few delays, sometimes longer which can add frustration.

As work proceeds, the emotional curve starts high and heads downhill. Installation of electrical, plumbing, heating and plastering seems tedious.

Drywall installation is often a low point because it closes in previously wide-open spaces and it is a dusty procedure.

After the drywall goes up, your mood will improve dramatically. As we continue to install the items you’ve selected (tiles, cabinetry, fixtures, hardware..) your design comes together a little more each day and that is exciting!

At the end of the job, it is typical to feel like “we love you but please get out of our house!” It can take a little time to recover from the stress of the effort, activity and disruption.

Maintaining trust in your contractor is key as we are trying to get the right parts to keep your project going forward and working diligently on your behalf to keep the job running as smoothly as possible. Effective communication is always appreciated between contractor and customer.

Upon completion, you’re going to feel like the lows were absolutely worth the highs. It is our job as a contractor to prepare you for these moments and be a consistent source of support. Hopefully, knowing this natural ebb and flow ahead of time will help you through your own remodel.

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