The 7 stages of a renovation project

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  • The home improvement journey is about to start! Here are the stages of joy you're about to experience... Excited? Of course you are.

    You’ve built yourself up to this moment for as long as you can remember; it started with the childish crayon scribbles, took a turn through teen poster wallpapering trends, and culminated in secret Pinterest boards called ‘The Dream House’… and now the time has come to undertake a renovation project.

    1 Planning

    You’ve watched countless decorating shows on TV, armed yourself with a
    back-catalogue of interiors magazines, created moodboards and wishlists
    and spent your weekends dreamily wandering the aisles of cavernous DIY
    stores. You’ve totally got this covered. You have it All. Planned. Out.
    Oh, wait, the budget…and the contractors…?

    2 Excitement

    come on, that’s all fine! You’re about to embark on a kitchen overhaul/
    revamp/ building project of epic proportions! IT’S EXCITING!
    There are exclamation marks all over the place. Just try and wipe the
    smile off your face.

    3 Productivity

    Fine. Excitement is great and all, but it doesn’t get things done. It’s
    time to be practical. To be productive, you need to be organised. It’s
    time to speak to the experts, find out what’s feasible, make lists, put
    together timelines, place orders, arrange deliveries, confer with the
    tradesmen on the realities and contingency plans, and get everything
    clear. An organised project is a smooth-running one.

    4 Re-organising the budget

    You checked and checked and re-checked your figures and it squared up,
    but something was delivered late/ a custom-made element got damaged on
    site/ the weather is not playing ball and now the whole project is
    running behind. That contingency budget has come into play (and
    disappeared), and now it’s time to reconsider all the elements of your
    project. As a rule, bankrupting yourself is not a good home improvement
    look. Now, where can you make some changes to re-allocate your funds?

    5 Frustration

    This is not fun any more. You just want a day where you don’t have to
    think about rawl plugs, underfloor cables or skip hire. Why are the
    builders working so slowly? You swear progress has not been made since
    you checked in an hour ago. For the fifth time today. At this point, you
    need to find a way to relax. Phone a friend with a working bath, and
    take some time out.

    6 Disillusionment

    Will this ever end? Will this dust-filled, noisy building site ever
    resemble the calmly gleaming, polished image you joyously pinned all
    those months ago? Who even cares? This was a big mistake. You are never
    ever taking on a renovation project again. Ever.

    7 Euphoria

    The builders have packed up the last of their tools, the vacuum has sucked the dust clean away, and now you are standing in your freshly completed renovation and it is… b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. You just keep wandering around staring at it, mesmerised. Are those birds you can hear singing? It’s amazing! You’re buzzing with energy. You know what you need to do? Throw a party! Ooooh, but first, what can you remodel next?

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