Since 2009, I’ve been working in the interior design industry. I’ve interned for a hospitality design company, worked in various furniture and fabric showrooms, and been an interior designer for a design-build firm. I decided to hang out my shingle and launch m studio interior design in 2015. And now I get to do what I love best: Design homes that are totally customized to the clients I work with!
It’s not always an ideal situation, but sometimes it happens and your remodel is slated for a construction start in the midst of the holiday season. Just like any other remodel project, paired with eggnog or not, you’ll likely experience the roller coaster emotions of being excited to wanting it all to be over. The stress of the holidays can exacerbate those feelings, ranging from mild annoyance to outright frustration!! Here are some tips to help ease the jitters of remodeling this holiday season:
It’s an important conversation to have! Go over with your contractor the work schedule as soon as you know what your holiday plans are. If you have family and friends coming over, let them know ahead of time that you will be unavailable on particular days. Make sure to have this discussion early enough to not interfere with the work being done.
Work with your contractor to develop a plan and a timetable so that you and your contractor are on the same page about what is feasible to do before the holidays and what will have to wait until the new year.
Nobody likes to add more stress to an already stressful situation, so keep the lines of communication open with your contractor. If something is not working, talk about the options for solutions and be open to compromise to resolve the issues in the best way possible.
The holiday season is stressful enough without the added clutter and mess of an active construction site. Discuss with your contractor the possibility of reserving a spot for items to be safely stored out of the way. Stress can be better managed if everyone is on the same page knowing what items are stored where.
Develop a flexible relationship with your contractor and their staff. Although everyone has the best intentions, sometimes the inevitable will arise that will require the contractor and the homeowner to be flexible in handling them.
Remodeling projects during the holidays can be a bit overwhelming yet it is definitely doable. Remember to take a deep breath, prioritize what should be done, keep the communication line open and put a halt to any panicking. Taking action on the tips mentioned above will help you (and the people around you!) to enjoy the holiday season!
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