A “New” Home for the Holidays

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Are you feeling the pressure of having your family over for the holidays because you haven’t even started those home improvement projects you promised yourself you’d finish last year? You know, the list of projects that would make entertaining at home easier?

Well, if a major remodel, like a completely renovated kitchen or bathroom or an addition, was on your wish list, it’s too late to put those wheels in motion to complete them by the time your family arrives. That’s because projects like these take at least two to three months of careful planning and designing before you’ll have sample plans to include in a permit application.

However, all is not lost.  You can use this holiday season to really focus on how your home aligns with your holiday lifestyle.  While your home is filled with guests, take stock of how you use your home for the following activities:

1. Cooking & Eating

2. Bathing

3. Sleeping

4. Entertaining

5. Watching TV

6. Playing Inside/Outside (if you have kids or pets)

7. Inside Circulation

8. Storing

9. Housekeeping/Chores/Laundry

10. Parking

How you use your home will dictate what changes need to be made to its design.

For example, maybe just the appliances need to be upgraded because the current layout of your kitchen works for you.  If not, what is it about your kitchen you’d like to change? Focus on the functional aspects of your kitchen, not what you want your kitchen to look like.  Do you have enough storage space? Do you have sufficient prep space?  If there’s more than one cook in the kitchen at a time, is there enough room for the both of you?

Whatever you do, don’t wait until the next holiday season to start planning and scheduling these projects.  The best time to start planning home improvement projects is right after your family leaves, so your holiday experience is still fresh and you’re motivated to make the changes you desire a reality for the next time you entertain.

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