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Why Patience is a Virtue When Remodeling During a Pandemic

Remodeling your home is an exciting experience and is on the whole a positive one, but it’s not without its problems. Even during normal times and with the best-laid plans, delays and supply errors can happen, but when remodeling during a pandemic, there’s even more potential for things to go awry. 

That being said, a pandemic is actually a great time to remodel your home, and we’ll explain why in greater detail in this article. We’ll also cover why patience is a virtue when remodeling during these unprecedented times. By planning ahead and being flexible, you can attain the home of your dreams regardless of what is happening around you. 

With all this in mind, let’s first look at some of the current pandemic-related issues facing remodelers and homeowners.  

Pandemic Material Shortages

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown a monkey wrench into both supply and demand when it comes to materials. As a result, there are material shortages across the board, particularly lumber, appliances, and windows and doors. 

With lumber, the problems resulting from the shut-down of lumber mills were further exacerbated by wildfires across the Western US in 2020 and a surprising residential remodeling boom. 

Up to 87% of building professionals have found windows and doors challenging items to find over the last couple of years, according to data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). With huge demand and not enough window and door manufacturers, lead times for these products are stretching from weeks to months. 

The national shortage of appliances, ranging from dishwashers and dryers to refrigerators and washing machines, mean homeowners and remodelers alike have been scrambling to find available products. 

The problems arose when the pandemic forced manufacturers to scale back plans and stores to pull backorders. Shipping was severely impacted the world over, and manufacturing companies, both at home and abroad, were forced to either close factories altogether or run a skeleton staff. As a result, everything slowed to a crawl. 

While things are improving compared to the previous year, it will take time for the situation to stabilize. There’s also uncertainty about what the short-term future will bring and whether the pandemic will see a resurgence. 

Rising Prices on Materials

During 2020, lumber saw record-high prices due to the compounding factors previously mentioned. Prices surged more than 48.3% from December 2019 to December 2020. 

Prices have since dropped but, at the time of writing, not to pre-pandemic levels. There are also fears the market might be volatile for a while depending on the course of the coronavirus as well as environmental and political issues.  

It’s expected that elevated prices will remain for the foreseeable future, even though they will vary. 

The price from a supplier, generally good for 30 days, might change quickly, and this is something both your design-build firm and you as a homeowner will need to bear in mind. 

Unprecedented Demand for Remodeling

Material prices are also being affected by the surge in remodeling and new home construction. Homeowners are using the record-high amount of home equity they now have to make modifications and additions to their residential properties.  

As house prices have increased as demand for housing has soared, families are also choosing to stay put and improve on what they already have. 

People are having more confidence in their homes as investments for the future. As such, with all the money saved from sheltering at home during the pandemic and missing out on vacations, homeowners have chosen to redirect the money into home improvement projects. 

Another reason why remodeling has seen unprecedented demand is that people have simply had more time. With so many people granted temporary leave from work and with many others being able to work remotely, there’s been more space and time for people to engage in projects they would have otherwise deemed overwhelming. 

The fact people have spent so much more time at home has also helped families identify reasons why their homes need remodeling. Homeowners realized they needed to reconfigure or update their indoor spaces for work, exercise, leisure, relaxation, and even for new health reasons.  

What does all this mean for you? Simply put, there may be delays because so many people are remodeling their homes at the moment. 

Advantages of Design-Build Remodel in a Pandemic

When choosing to remodel your home during a pandemic, there are many benefits to be had by hiring a design-build remodeling firm. In fact, it’s the one method guaranteed to rise above all the aforementioned pandemic-related issues and get your home modified as quickly and effectively as possible under the circumstances. 

You see, the design-build delivery model provides all required skills and services under one umbrella. The contractor looks after both the design and construction stages, with seamless integration of all relevant professionals. 

For the homeowner, there’s just one point of contact. This does away with the more traditional “design, bid, build” procurement system where you’re left to manage multiple contractors who have varying timelines, prices, ideas, and methods. Even at the best of times, this can be a minefield for the uninitiated, but it can be very stressful, confusing, and expensive during a pandemic. 

When you need your home remodeling project to be as simple and as stress-free as possible, especially during these trying times, then the design-build method provides these benefits and more. 

All of the design, planning, and ordering of materials is done well before the construction stage. The construction start time is determined by when materials are available, meaning everything is in place to begin as soon as this happens. 

While this might mean waiting a bit longer initially, it’s much more preferable and cost-effective than the often confused and chaotic method of the traditional “design, bid, build” system. 

When it comes to remodeling your home – pandemic or no pandemic – there’s nothing that comes close to the efficiency of the design-build method. 

Your Design-Build Remodeling Team in Lafayette, Indiana

Riverside Team

Riverside Construction, founded in 2008, is the go-to professional design-build team that has earned the respect and confidence of discerning homeowners in the Lafayette and West Lafayette areas. 

With an award-winning team of highly skilled and experienced professionals in a range of fields, we excel at listening to client ideas and then translating those dreams into reality. We can help you decide on a direction, provide guidance on pandemic-related remodeling issues, and be with you every step of the way to ensure your dream home is achieved. 

Whether you’re transforming a kitchen, updating a bathroom, or adding an addition, let us guide your decision-making and partner with you to achieve the results you envision. Contact us now to schedule an initial conversation. We’ll be happy to answer your questions, listen to your ideas, soothe your worries, and work with you to finalize your plans.

Five Benefits to Downsizing Your Home and Simplifying Your Life

Photo Courtesy of Laurey W. Glenn

Are you considering downsizing your home? It’s not uncommon for homeowners to move into a smaller house after their children have grown and moved out, leaving them with too much-unused space. Or, the charms of living in a big home no longer seem to be worth all of the extra time, effort, and expense in the cleaning or upkeep.

Deciding to downsize has the potential to improve your quality of life considerably. It could also turn out to be a financially wise decision for you and your family. Here are just a few advantages that make downsizing a popular option:

Save Money

Owning a smaller home can provide several financial benefits: 1) It can potentially reduce your mortgage payment; 2) Lower your monthly utility bills, as you will need less energy to heat and cool a tinier space; 3) Lower your property insurance since the home will cost less to replace or fix than a much larger structure; and 4) Decrease property taxes, given the smaller footprint of your home.

Additionally, the savings that result from downsizing can be reserved to provide financial security and flexible lifestyle choices—such as travel options, vehicle or home upgrades, etc.

Clean Less & Minimize Upkeep

While some people enjoy cleaning, it’s safe to say most homeowners don’t want to spend their free time dusting, sweeping, mopping and vacuuming. And, the smaller the home, the less effort it takes to clean it. The less time you spend on the upkeep of cleaning your home, the more time you have with friends and family, and on activities that bring you joy and fulfillment. If you rely on a cleaning service, your cleaning bills should also reduce with less square footage to clean.

A smaller home requires less upkeep too. From mowing the lawn and cleaning out rain gutters to painting the interior and exterior and replacing light bulbs, you’ll spend much less time on basic maintenance. The result? You’ll spend more hours in the day pursuing the things in life that truly matter to you.

Take Advantage of Multi-Purpose Rooms

Chances are there is at least one room in your existing home that doesn’t get much use. Maybe a dining room, home office, or an unused bedroom? In a smaller house, there isn’t room for unused space. Instead of having a formal dining room separate from a breakfast nook, a downsized home might combine the functionality of both eating and entertaining in one space. A home office might serve as a comfortable guest room for overnight guests. A living room might double as a media room for playing games, watching TV or listening to music.

Lower Your Family’s Carbon Footprint

A smaller home means you are using less energy to run the heater and air conditioning. As a result, you will wind up lowering your family’s carbon footprint, which helps you do your part to conserve natural resources and protect the planet. Going green also saves money, of course. It takes less water to clean a smaller home as well as to keep the lawn and other vegetation healthy.

Simplify Your Life with Less Clutter

Another significant benefit of downsizing your home is that it helps you to simplify your life. Because space is limited, you have less space to decorate or fill it with material items. By bringing less into your home, you simply declutter your life. When it comes to purchasing items for your smaller home, they will be items that are absolutely necessary.

Questions about downsizing your current or future home? Connect with Riverside Construction by calling 765.838.1644 today.

5 Major Remodeling Design Mistakes To Avoid

You watch HGTV. You spend hours pouring through design ideas on Houzz. You have 20+ Pinterest boards organized according to room, color and materials. As a result, you might be closer to thinking that you can design your home remodeling project by yourself. This is very common, particularly from homeowners who are ready to jump into a remodeling project head first.

Unfortunately, this is often a recipe for disaster. While you are the best at understanding your needs and design style, a design/build remodeling company is an essential partner in making sure you get what you want in your remodeling project in the smartest, most affordable, most beautiful way possible. We can help you avoid these 5 most common remodeling design mistakes:

1. Choosing the wrong products

This happens frequently when homeowners “go it alone” in a home remodeling project. They’re so taken with the beauty of a luxurious marble countertop that they install it in a very busy kitchen. Soon, they discover the inconveniences of selecting a high-maintenance marble and wish they’d chosen a different countertop. And that’s just one example of the many design mistakes made by homeowners who forgo working with a design professional from the very beginning. Your professional designer can guide you toward the right materials to withstand your needs in the most beautiful, durable ways.

2. Not getting the best deals

Another way in which your design/build firm can help is to hook you up with the best deals on potential material selections. We have relationships with many suppliers, understanding their lead times, seasonal demands, inventory shortages, etc. We know how to navigate these issues, from lighting and floors to fixtures and lumber to paint and tile and everything in between. We can evaluate whether a deal you’ve heard about really is a deal, or if we can get a better one. And when that happens (as it often does), we’ll look for smarter options for you. 

3. The time vortexes and money pits of multiple change orders

We hear this repeatedly from homeowners who try to go it alone in the design process: “We wish we’d used a professional designer to help us before tearing down the walls.” The wrong materials, wrong measurements, forgotten (yet critical) under-the-surface design considerations like electrical wiring, plumbing, and lighting all conspire against homeowners to cause them to have to rip out fresh remodeling work and re-do it. This often leads to thousands of dollars in extra, unbudgeted costs and months of lost work. Getting a design pro on board before you make the first cut helps you minimize these errors so that you can minimize any costs for change orders and spend more time enjoying the results of a beautiful remodeling project done right the first time (like the ones in this home remodeling portfolio). Using your professional designer’s expertise up front is an investment in wisdom that will last for years to come.

4. Making choices based on limited knowledge of the options

While you may have spent a lot of time watching HGTV or wading through design magazines, the truth is that these media outlets filter the information. There simply isn’t enough time and they have to use advertising dollars to make decisions about what they present. Here at Riverside Construction, however, it’s our business to know about all the options, from materials to design considerations, long before you might hear about them on TV. Also, if you hear about a new material or have a design idea you heard about on one of your favorite shows, you can bounce that idea off of us and we can give you guidance on whether or not that would work in your project, or if there’s a better option for you.

5. Not getting the benefit of a design firm’s advanced tools

A lot of people still think about seeing remodeling plans in a flat, two-dimensional perspective. But Riverside Construction has gone way beyond that. We employ 3D design technology to help homeowners “see” their options and what the finished product can look like, even in the very beginnings of the planning stage. Using these proprietary tools, you can benefit from an inspired preview of your finished project as well as head off any potential wrong decisions, saving you thousands of dollars and time in change orders. These advanced tools simply help you understand the ins and outs of each design aspect of your remodeling project—before the dust flies. These tools also help increase measuring accuracy, which helps you use your available space in the most efficient way possible while avoiding common design mistakes that can leave you frustrated and disappointed.

Get All the Benefits of a Professional Designer for Your Remodeling Project

Aside from helping you choose the best materials while getting the best price on all the aspects of your remodeling project, not to mention avoiding grave measuring and under-the-surface errors, there are a lot of great benefits you receive by working with a design expert in the planning stages of your home remodel. We can help you use each space in the most effective, convenient way possible. We can even create space you didn’t know you had or increase your storage capacity and make your living space fully functional. Ultimately, the end benefit is designing a space that you will be happy with for many years to come.

If you’re not quite sure where you want to go with your home remodeling project, you can also sign up for our newsletter to get inspired until you are ready to remodel.

And we are happy to share our knowledge with you! Sign up for our next home remodeling design seminar—it’s free, but space is limited, so make sure to grab your spot now. Or, schedule a consultation to discuss your remodeling design project in person today at (765) 838-1644.

What do you love about your home?

I recently ran across the Tour de Lafayette-West Lafayette website.  As I started watching the videos of local homeowners talking lovingly about the unique architectural features of their homes, I was struck by how many of them clearly loved not just their homes but also their neighborhoods.  In some cases so much so that they moved only a couple houses down the street because they loved their neighborhood so much.   Do you love your neighborhood that much?

One of the things that we do at Riverside Construction is to help you stay in your neighborhood by helping you find a way to remodel your home so that it can fit your changing needs instead of going through the complicated process of moving.  You can work with our sales staff and designer to find ways to either add on to your home or make better use out of the space you currently have.  We can help you find ways to make a better floor plan for your home or just update a room that needs some help.  Our goal is to help you remodel your home for life.

If you need help remodeling or adding on to your home feel free to fill out the form found here and we will contact you as soon as we can to see how we can help you.

 

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