In thinking about the process of a home remodel, I’m reminded of an old blues song: “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.” The inescapable fact of any significant home makeover is that in between the “before” and “after” is the rather messy “during.”
Walls come down, soffits are demolished, plumbing and wiring are relocated, trades cadres come and go as their craft requires…it’s like living in a construction zone. Which is, of course, exactly what it is. And while it’s not as though a new build doesn’t have its share of dust and drama, the difference is that folks don’t generally try to live in a home while it’s being constructed. By the time they turn the key in the front door and walk inside, it’s all bright and shiny, with everything in its place. At least, that’s the expectation.
If a remodel project is extensive enough, our clients will, on rare occasion, choose to relocate to a hotel or rental until their remodel is accomplished. More often, however, we simply devise temporary solutions that minimize the impact of the project on their daily lives. Take this current kitchen remodel in south Boise for example. The following pictures illustrate the ways that STRITE helps our clients “manage the chaos” that ensues in the necessary transition between “before” and “after.”
The demolition phase of any remodel project is probably the most traumatic, but we’ve learned a lot of ways over the years to minimize its impact on our clients’ lives.