Committing to a home transformation is a big decision for a homeowner to make, and it can come with a whirlwind of emotions. You will find that as you go through the various stages of the remodel, you are going to feel differently about the process. Don’t worry—this is all completely natural.
“I really want this remodel, but I’m kind of nervous and excited. Is that normal?”
“Absolutely. Homeowners feel a lot of things throughout these changes. Let’s talk through what you can expect.”
When you think about it, a home transformation is a big change, and that can be a little intimidating. Adding in the timeline and the other considerations that come with a home remodel, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that you are going to feel some kind of way about it. In this article, we will explore how you might feel throughout the process—and the causes behind all of these emotions.
At the beginning of the process, it is completely normal to experience a high level of excitement. This should be expected, right? You are signing up for a big and exciting change. Being excited is normal, and there are a few things that will influence your excitement levels along the way.
“I can’t believe we are doing this. Are we really doing this? This is going to be AMAZING.”
“I know. It’s a huge step towards having the home of our dreams!”
You might be generally excited to start, but once you jump into the process, you will feel those excitement levels climb significantly. During the early phases when we are coming up with your design, you will likely be swept up while looking at all of the options. It is during this phase that the potential for your home renovation really makes itself known. Looking at all of the different options can be a ton of fun, like you are shopping for your dream home.
“There are so many options for our home. We can make anything! Anything!”
“I know. I never knew I could care about tile so much, but I’ve already got 10 favorites.”
Even though excitement is a good thing, this phase can also come with this kind of excited exhaustion to it, especially towards the end. The process to pick out each component can feel a little overwhelming, and though you might be excited to choose your options, the sheer number of options can certainly make the project feel like quite a bit of work.
“Wait, is this the pine green or the mystic forest green?”
“I can’t keep track anymore…”
After everything has been evaluated and you have a general idea of the design, you will be able to relax a little bit—and that excitement will start all over. When you see the renderings and realize that it is really going to come true, you will be even more thrilled about what the future will hold.
No matter how prepared you are for your home transformation, sticker shock is something that always seems to catch homeowners by surprise throughout the process. Your excitement was building while you were selecting all kinds of different home components, but now it is time to face the music—and the music can be a little loud. Home renovations cost a lot of money, and when your contractor hands you your bill, you might be a little shocked.
“The total is how much???”
The sticker shock phase can be a little rough, but it always ends on a high note. For a while, you will be wondering if you really want to spend that much money. During this phase, decisions are generally made. It is here where we will work with you to determine what components you really want to keep for your home. This might mean that you decide to pay the full amount—or you might decide to sit back and make some changes, which can come with its own emotions.
“Okay, we planned our dream home—and that was a bit much, but I still love the new direction of the remodel.”
“Me too, and I think our wallet loves it even more.”
After everything is said and done, you and your construction team will make the decisions that best suit your preferences and your budget. You might have had to swap some of your preferences for cheaper alternatives, but that is okay. You will see the new look and realize just how wonderful the new space will be, even with these minor modifications. The price side of things will be handled, and we will take it from there.
Anticipation is the emotion that generally follows the initial contract signing. It is during this period where you will have to wait—and that can be hard. The wait here will be between contract signing and the actual start of the project. When you know that something pretty amazing is going to come your way, waiting can be a pain. That anticipation will start to build.
“I want it to be done already.”
“But they haven’t even started yet.”
“I know. I just want to be making pancakes in our new kitchen.”
At KHB Construction, we refer to this period as the calm before the storm. It is during this period that you will have your own work to do for the project, which can help you to pass some of the time. Before construction can start, you will need to do your pre-work like cleaning, making clear paths to the construction area, and emptying out the room that is being remodeled. The amount of work that this will require can vary depending on your home and what you are having renovated.
“I just realized that we’ve been running a rescue for abandoned kitchen appliances.”
“Yeah, we should really sell some of these. But for now, to the basement!”
It is important to keep your head clear and focused on the possibilities ahead during this phase. This is definitely the time where you might find yourself wondering if you are making the right decision or worrying about whether or not the remodel will turn out well. Fortunately, if you have done adequate research and established trust with your contractor, you will find that you worry less during this phase.
Frustration (and More Anticipation)
Frustration during a home renovation is inevitable, and it is pretty easy to see why. When the actual renovation kicks off, you will be welcoming a collection of strangers into your home. They will be coming and going, and you will feel a bit crowded in your own space if you stay in the home during the renovation. It is normal to feel a bit awkward or frustrated with the interference, but it can help to remind yourself that these perfectly nice people are there for a reason.
“Our home has officially been taken over by a construction crew.”
Beyond simple crowding, it can be frustrating to lose your privacy. Most of the time, a home renovation involves a part of the home that is right in the middle of everything. Since your construction crew will be spending so much time in the home, it will feel like you have no privacy. You probably won’t want to breeze downstairs in your pajamas or have a private phone call on your favorite couch. Just remember that this is temporary, and soon you will have your privacy back and a brand-new space.
“I had to run a meeting out of the car today, but I just kept reminding myself that our new kitchen is going to be incredible.”
“That’s the spirit!”
Strangers in the home are not the only cause for frustration during this period of time. You will find that construction work is very loud, and that can be a problem. If you are staying in the home—or working in the home at the time—you will find that the noise levels can be frustrating. While we will try to keep you in the loop, the fact is that all construction is loud. It is a necessary evil to get the transformation of your dreams, but we can’t blame you for being sick of the power tools and banging noises.
“The construction work is so loud that my iPhone keeps sending me warnings about the sound levels. How do they work like this?”
“I don’t know, but they are much stronger than us.”
As your frustration builds, you will find that your anticipation intensifies. Most homeowners like to peek into the construction areas throughout the process, and this can be good or bad. It is fine to want to look in and see what is happening, but it is important to remember that construction is a messy process.
“Are they almost done? Will they leave that plaster on the counters? This doesn’t look right at all.”
“Honey, we are only four days into a five-week project.”
Your space will not look like it is done until it is well and truly done, so try to avoid panicking about the eventual outcome. Homeowners can find themselves fearing that they won’t get the renovation they want because they looked into a half-built room. Don’t do this. The final product will always look much better.
Excited Beyond Compare
After everything is said and done, you will have your completed home renovation—and this is where the magic happens. Following a cycle of emotions, you will be able to land on the final emotions: excitement, joy, ecstasy, and a bunch of other good emotions. You will see that renovation, and suddenly everything that you have gone through will be worth it.
“Our kitchen is AMAZING. I can’t believe you ever doubted them!”
“Uhm, wasn’t that you?”
“Look at our new kitchen!!!”
The excitement phase can last for much longer than you would expect. You will feel it every time that you walk into that new space, every time you use it, and every time you remember that you received the home of your dreams. Don’t be surprised to feel that little rush of joy on a regular basis. This feeling is even known to pop up while cleaning in your new space, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
“I told everyone we’re hosting Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and the next three family birthdays!”
“Because everyone wants to see our new kitchen, of course! This is the best thing to happen to us since we got married.”
Of course, your excitement can come with an unexpected side effect. Sometimes the joy that you feel will be too powerful to contain, and when this happens, you will almost always end up showing off. Following a home renovation, don’t be surprised if you are hit with the desire to post it all over social media (hopefully while tagging your favorite construction crew) or suddenly find yourself wanting to host every event for your family and friends. Remodels are exciting, and you will enjoy the transition for years to come.
If there is one emotional phase that we love to be present for, this is it. There is nothing more satisfying than learning that our clients love their new space and that we delivered exactly what they wanted. The best thing a homeowner can do is tell us just how happy they are with their new space, so don’t hesitate to drop us a note!
Making a major change in your home can be intimidating, but it can also be a source of joy. We love watching our clients get excited about the process in the beginning, but there is nothing that we love more than seeing you all light up when the project is done. It can feel like a lot to go through, but in the end, it will always be worth it. Don’t be surprised if you’re riding the high of your new remodel for years to come!