It’s that time of year to plan gatherings with the family. Time to get together for the holidays, to cook, to clean, to entertain. Are you excited to share your home with your loved ones? Or is there a detail, big or small, that nags at you time and time again that you wish was different? Is it easy for you to host a celebration? Or is it like cooking for twenty people in a kitchen built for two? Its a great time to make a plan for how you want to improve the experience of your home to meet your needs and lifestyle.

As you go through the holidays, think about how can you make it more efficient and user-friendly when preparing for a crowd. Would adding a custom kitchen island for more storage and prep space that can work as a buffet service make your life easier?  It can provide extra seating and perhaps another sink too! Instead of just one oven, why not have two stacked on top of each other, with one being a specialty oven for quickly prepared, more nutritious meals? How about a new efficient refrigerator with french doors on top that you can easily slide in party platters?

Perhaps when the living room is full of people and the table is set for the evening meal, and you don't know where to put everyone and everything else, you'll wish you had more room! Consider creating an outdoor living room and entertainment space, or enclosing that outdoor patio to give it more use. These sorts of little annoyances of inadequate space are more obvious than during the holidays, when out of town guests and a busy time of year collide.

While you may not be able to make the upgrades you want for this holiday season, you can decide to get it done in 2014. Consider it a Christmas gift to your future self! The sooner you get it done, the more time you can enjoy it. Plan your timeline based on these general parameters for common remodeling projects. All figures are based on the start of design, material acquisition and installation.

    • Kitchen Remodel- 3 to 5 months.
    • Bath Remodel- 2 to 3 months.
    • One-room Addition or Guest House- 3 to 6 months.
    • Patio Build or Enclosure- 1 to 2 months.
    • Aging-in-place Modifications- 4 to 6 weeks.

Though the project installation and completion is the goal, it’s usually the design, permitting when needed, planning and receiving the ordered materials that take the most time. By providing generous lead-time for your next big home remodeling project, you won’t have to scramble to “get it done” at the last minute, and you’ll likely end up with a finished product that exceeds your original vision. Make a wish list and get ready to start your contractor rolling in the new year.


Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.  Proverbs 4:26

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