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How to Keep Your Cool During a Renovation

Renovation your place is stressful and crazy. Here are some tips on how to keep your cool during this hectic time.

You’ve gotten the money together. You’ve made a plan. You’ve hired the vendors. Now it’s time to… gasp… let go. Ok, a little.

Here’s the thing – if you’ve thoroughly investigated the architect or designer you hired, they better be someone you trust. (If they’re not, we need to move back to a different how-to.)

During the renovation, let your mantra be… this is not how it will look when it’s finished. Rooms look much smaller when they’re under construction than they will once they’re painted. Studs and sheetrock can be very misleading – don’t go changing around rooms or walls during construction. (Just as important as trusting your contractor is trusting yourself, and the decisions you made before construction started.) Honestly, your best bet is probably to get a little distance – don’t go visit the construction site every day unless you want to drive yourself crazy.

All that aside… to help yourself sleep better at night, set aside 15% of the construction contract amount in the bank, just in case any unforeseen circumstances come about.

Nestpert Kevin Lichten, AIA is a founder and principal of Lichten Craig, a New York architecture and design firm. Find out more at www.lichtencraig.com.

-- The Nest Editors

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