Remodeling a home shared with a spouse or significant other can (understandably) place strain on the relationship, given the expense and time involved. But in most cases, the end result is worth it—in fact, remodelers who’ve completed their projects said they feel happier and more comfortable in their newly renovated spaces, according to a recently released survey by Houzz (www.houzz.com).
If you’re undertaking a remodel with your partner, be wary of these common sources of tension:
• Agreeing on Finishes, Materials and Products
– Thirty-four percent of respondents to the Houzz survey cited this as a top point of contention during a remodel.
• Communicating with One Another
– Thirty percent of respondents to the survey cited this as a top point of contention during a remodel. (Seven percent of respondents admitted to tossing something belonging to their partner without their knowledge!)
• Agreeing on Design and Style
– Twenty-nine percent of respondents to the survey cited this as a top point of contention during a remodel. When it comes to style compromises, just 20 percent of respondents had the same style preference as their partner.
The good news is, the majority of couples addressed these challenges through compromise, according to the survey. Remodelers who’ve been through the process recommend establishing a budget from the get-go, and coming to terms with what you both want prior to starting any project.
Published with permission from RISMedia.