Kitchen Remodeling Can Be An Emotional Rollercoaster Ride

Kitchen remodeling can be an emotional rollercoaster ride

Preparing for, and living through a kitchen remodeling is similar to a roller coaster ride. You’re waiting with excited anticipation and some trepidation, preparing to get on the ride. You’ve heard from others that it’s scary; it’s even made some of them physically sick. But none of them can tell you details about the ride. All they can tell you is how they felt.

The Roller Coaster Ride

It feels like an eternity as you move ahead slowly toward the loading area, step by step. Then you get seated, strapped in, and you’re ready to move forward. But instead of rushing ahead fast, the roller coaster goes up a steep, never-ending climb. You think, “When will we get started?” Then, WHOOSH! you’re propelled down the first of many exciting dives at break-neck speed. You’re jerked around, back and forth, through every sharp turn. You never know which way the ride is going until you’re there.

Without warning, you’re upside-down, going through a series of surprising loops, G-force that makes it hard to breathe. You’re screaming your head off, but no one can hear you. Part of you wants to get off, but another part wants to stay, hoping that the ride will get less scary before it ends. You know it’s over when your cart pulls back to where you started and comes to an abrupt stop, jerking you forward. You’re dizzy, a little nauseated, but exhilarated. “That was fun!” Later, someone asks you how soon it will be until you get on another roller coaster ride. With a weak smile, you reply, “It’ll be a long time until I do that again!”

A Personal Roller Coaster Ride: Your Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen remodeling is an emotional roller coaster ride that can last for 8-12 weeks or more. At the beginning, there’s the anticipation, with some fear — mostly about getting the results you want without making expensive mistakes. The process can bring up hidden differences of opinion (husband wants one thing, and the wife has been dreaming about something totally different). During a kitchen remodeling, you’re dealing with the upheaval of your daily routine, and you’re putting up with dust and mess that can be overwhelming. You have workers coming to your home every morning. But there’s the excitement of choosing products that you know will improve not only your home, but your life. If you’ve established a reasonable budget, kept an ongoing spreadsheet, and made necessary tradeoffs, you feel confident. You know that you can afford your beautiful new kitchen!

In my experience, almost everyone hits a low about the time that drywall is being installed. They’re tired of the entire process, and just want it to be done. This is when tempers can flare and serious arguments happen. Many  times in my 33-year career, clients have called to express their frustration and anger. It’s even happened to me and my husband! But after the drywall dust is cleared, it gets exciting again, because that’s when things really  start to happen, and you can see the finished project unfolding.

Your new kitchen gets a first coat of paint. Cabinets are installed, and your heart sings with joy. Your dream is becoming a reality! A couple of weeks later, your new countertops get installed, then other finishing touches. There’s just one more sharp curve looming in your roller coaster ride, your new floors. If you’ve chosen hardwood plank floors, they must be finished and stained, which takes about a week. You are forbidden to go into your new kitchen. All you can do is stand at the doorway and admire your new kitchen.

The Ride Is Over!

After the floors are installed and finished, your contractor installs the appliances, light fixture trim, outlets, and your gorgeous new faucet(s). You absolutely love your new backsplash! It was worth the extra money to get exactly what you wanted, an expression of your personal taste. This has been an exciting emotional roller coaster ride. You’re happy that you did it. But if a friend asks you,”Are you going to go through this again?” you will probably reply, “No!” But you know that the bathrooms in your home are showing their age, and there are things you’d like to do . . .

Most Homeowners who haven’t remodeled before don’t understand that remodeling is a process of logical steps. And, most Homeowners who have remodeled before talk about the problems they had. Most of the problems could have been avoided, if the Homeowners had known about and followed logical steps. This is why I have offered seminars and classes, why I wrote my book, and why I write so passionately about remodeling:

  • To help you understand all the ups and downs, twists and turns that you’ll be going through.
  • To be there with you from the beginning to the end of your personal roller coaster ride.
  • To help you avoid expensive mistakes and make informed decisions to assure that your kitchen (or bathroom) remodeling goes as smoothly as possible.

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