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Post Remodeling Stress Disorder

Everyone knows what PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is - in the simplest terms it is the mental, physical and emotional after effects of a traumatic incident or experience. What is not so well known is PRSD (Post Remodeling Stress Disorder). This may sound like a joke, but it is not. What it refers to is the period just after a home remodel has been complete. No matter how much planning and thought has gone into the project, at the end there will always be things that were left out, things that are not as they were supposed to be and things that have just plain gone wrong. And fretting over these minor irritants to the extent of not being able to enjoy the newly remodeled home is PRSD.
20-20 Hindsight
A home is a family's most valuable possession and its equity. Obviously a home remodel, whether a whole house remodel or a smaller kitchen or bathroom renovation is given a lot of thought. Everyone wants the end result to be perfect as the budget permits. Days, weeks…

What's Your Remodeling Style?

Once you decide to remodel your home, the next thing to do is to decide on what your remodeling style is going to be. This can be a problem if the family is a large one made up of strong minded individuals - even kids can have strong feelings on the subject. What needs to be done then is to have everyone sit down together and talk about what they want and why and evolve a compromise that, even if it will not make everyone happy, will prevent some people from blowing their tops and sulking.
A word of caution here; compromise, in the context of home remodeling styles, does not mean that a room or a house should have a little bit of everything. A contemporary designed living room with old fashioned furniture in it may keep the members of the family happy, but the look is going to be really odd. How the right solution is found depends on the family dynamic, but whatever it is, the end result is a home that must reflect a certain theme or style in a smooth and integrated mann…