Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Decisions Decisions Decisions, It is ALL about Selections

Remodeling! It is ALL about Selections! Your  firm decisions determine the timeliness of your project.

Are you finally ready? Remodeling your kitchen or bath can be exciting projects! They are typically a homeowners long standing dream. Typically there are two scenarios that help homeowners say yes to a remodeling project..

1. They have lived in the home for many years and desire to upgrade.
    Special family holidays or events such as weddings, graduations, or new arrivals 
    are often the catalyst to pull the trigger on the project 

2. They have purchased and moved into a new residence they want to "make their own".

Sometimes the incentive is a combination of the above. Reason #2 is key here in New England. It is a fact that previously owned homes outnumber new construction. In both 
reasons, your "selections " are key. 

The choices or selections made always end up being what drives how soon the project will be completed. Suddenly we are thrust into realizing there are hundreds of questions to ask to make informed decisions. It seems every step in the process uncovers more info with new questions formulated from the new info received.

Beware! There is something that can unravel your sense of confidence in your own decisions and selections! Something most of us fall victim to. It is human nature to doubt ourselves and our choices. What do we typically do? We ask other people what they think or like. 

Getting caught in asking for too many opinions can really slow down our project. Most of us forget a key consequence of doubting our own choices. The bottom line is, making decisions in a timely manner will impact the completion date of your project. The more changes made, the longer the process takes. Getting on the docket to have your project move into the build phase or installation is critical if you need your project completed within a certain time frame. Trust yourself and trust us and everything will converge well.

Like all professions, we just do not know what we do not know about how a business functions other than our own. The reality is excellent builders and remodel contractors are booked, sometimes months in advance. They want you to have your dream kitchen or bath. The designer and build team work together with you to help you decide what you really want in the design phase. Allowing some wiggle room for changes in your chosen design is fine. However, if you want a completely new design or selections different than those already  made and quoted, your build phase is going to be interrupted and delayed. Since other customer's projects and contracts have been signed and scheduled, yours may be postponed for longer than you thought it would be.

How can you prevent this? Let me offer this suggestion, especially for the ladies. We girls are known for loving to shop and change our minds, right? Hey, it's true, we love to do both. After all, we need to know what else if out there , correct? Hmmmm.....yeah......I do this all the time. The thing is I end up confused and frustrated in the process. Why? Because generally our first impression and awareness of what we like is usually best. It tends to be "us" and what we will enjoy the longest. We doubt our own "knowing" when we are influenced by other's opinions and suggestions. 

The time to "shop, compare, consider other's ideas and opinions is in the planning and designing phase. How do you do that? Magazines, pictures of your friends kitchens or baths, pictures of model homes you see, print outs and pictures you see on line. Pictures of rooms, sinks, counter tops, appliances, cabinets, colors, accessories, door styles, the list is endless really. I suggest writing notes about what you discover and see. What about this caught your attention, why? Think about you cooking in or being in your space. Really think about what you love and would not change about your current kitchen or bath. What do you dislike about it. Write these thoughts down. 

This is your "Research" phase. It may seem like a waste of time. It is one of the most important proactive ways to truly discover what you like and want. Put it all in your Kitchen or Bath Design "Wish" folder. Keep adding to it. I would begin a year prior to getting the design phase started. 

Here is the logic. As you ponder what you like or dislike, collect ideas & look at them periodically, you will notice there is a trend developing. You will begin to see you prefer the same styles, colors, lay outs, appliances, sink, lighting. Your internal designer will emerge. Before long , your confidence in your own preferences will grow. Before you know it, you will be sure of the look and function you want.  

Have fun with this! It can make a huge difference in the sense of ownership and satisfaction you will experience at the end of this adventure!  Your Dream Design Folder is a critical tool to keep yourself on task. It simply develops organically as pictures and articles are added. Again, you will notice similarities in the choices you make. Those choices ARE your style! This discovery reveals your true taste and preferences. Generally , honoring that will result in a project they will love for years to come. It may not be "trendy". It is their personal signature and will ultimately feel like home.  Isn't that the true goal? Creating your nest, your Home Sweet Home.

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