How to Involve Your Family in Your Renovation Plans

Three Methods:Planning a Renovation with Your FamilyGetting Renovation Help from your FamilyCommunicating with your Family During Renovations

When you are planning a renovation of any part of your home, your family members will be impacted. If you are renovating the kitchen, pizza and barbecue might be the new normal. Basement renovations might mean moving all the things your kids have stored down there, and the renovation of a master bedroom could displace you and your spouses. Involve your family in your renovation plans by letting everyone into the planning process, setting a timetable, expecting everyone to help with the heavy lifting and communicating constantly throughout the renovation process.

Method 1
Planning a Renovation with Your Family

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    Call a family meeting. Major changes to your home and schedule cannot be discussed in bits and pieces. Set aside some time in everyone's schedule to talk about renovation plans.
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    Discuss the reason for your renovation. Understanding the "why" behind any action is a good way to build support for a plan.
    • Let your family know that the decision to renovate is based on your desire to stay in the home for a long period of time, or because you need a finished basement for extra family space or due to some other issue or problem that needs resolving. Invite questions and talk openly.
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    Talk about how the renovations will impact the family budget. You do not have to give your kids a spreadsheet with line item details, but let them know that a lot of money will be spent and they might need to earn their own money or cut back on some of the things they want.
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    Discuss the timing of events. Give your family members time to adjust. You do not want to announce a major kitchen renovation the day before the family fridge is torn out.
    • Put together a timeline so everyone knows what to expect. Caution that the renovations might take longer than expected.
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    Ask for ideas. Instead of telling your family members how everything will look, solicit their input. If they get to have a say in the color that goes on the walls or the tile that gets put on the new floors, they will be more receptive and helpful.

Method 2
Getting Renovation Help from your Family

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    Assign duties. Let everyone pitch in to get ready for the renovation, whether it is cleaning out a room, storing furniture or packing up valuables.
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    Share your space. You might need to let the kids watch television in your bedroom, or ask the teenagers to bunk with the preschoolers, depending on your renovation.
    • Remind everyone that it is temporary. Refer to the timeline and make a game out of counting down the days until life gets back to normal.
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    Keep everyone out of the way. Discourage children from playing with the workers and if you are doing most of the work yourself, ask relatives or friends to babysit while the majority of the work is being done.
    • Eat outside or at restaurants if your kitchen is being renovated. Avoid any bathrooms that are having work done and spend as much time outside of the house as you can while renovations are going on.

Method 3
Communicating with your Family During Renovations

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    Be available. Your kids or your spouse might want to complain once in a while about the inconvenience or the cost. Let them.
    • Refer to the timeline and point out that the end is in sight.
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    Meet as a family regularly. Whether you get together over dinner, breakfast or some other time during the day, meet to discuss progress and concerns.
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    Communicate throughout the day. Different people may be home at different points of the day, so stay in touch with everyone. Use text messages, email, social networking posts and phone calls
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    Put one person in charge of communicating with the contractors. If the workers get different information and feedback from all members of your family, things will get confusing. Appoint one person to talk on behalf of the family.
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    Have your family help you talk to the neighbors. They might have to deal with some noise and disruption too, so letting them know about your plans will help keep the peace in the neighborhood.

Tips

  • Stay flexible. No renovation has ever gone exactly as planned. Remind your family members to stay calm even when setbacks occur.

Warnings

  • Keep small children away from any of the renovation. There could be dangerous nails, tools and sawdust around, which might be hazardous to them. Make sure everyone is clear on boundaries.

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