Thursday, 26 November 2009

Interesting Reading: Renovation Is Like 'Whitewater Rafting' ... and Not Just for the Home Owner

Screenshot: Renovation is like 'whitewater rafting'
"Even well-run renovation projects don't always look that way"
Article and Photo by Steve Maxwell
Renovation is like 'whitewater rafting'
Building and renovation takes longer than you imagine, costs more than you expect, and (if you care a great deal about the outcome) involves more mental anguish than seems reasonable. But if you've chosen your contractor well, braced yourself for a sometimes wild ride, and are willing to keep things flexible, then it's all going to work out just fine.
by Steve Maxwell
October 24, 2009
This article came to my attention via clients of ours who saw it and remembered what we said before we embarked on ripping their home apart. We used words such as thrilling, heart break, apprehension, fun, excitement, rollercoaster of emotions and hopefully satisfaction and this is not just for the home owner.

We try to prepare people on what is going to happen, reduce the stress and manage expectations, but unless the home owner has been involved with something similar before, some aspects of the project will still come as a shock, disappointment or mental anguish.

In addition to the advice at the end of the article, we would add the following, stay focused on the end result – it is always worth it in the end.

Martina Ernst

Wo-Built Inc.
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