There is a plethora of home improvement shows on these days, just scan through any number of channels like HGTV, TLC, Bravo, etc. and you'll find a number of "contractor reality star personalities" walking through renovations, flips, and new construction processes. Don't get us wrong we love some of the inspirations and the whole world seems to be in love with those Property Brothers these days, but an interesting conversation with a client we are currently in mid-renovation with right now got us thinking...is reality TV setting up unrealistic expectations for real renovation projects?
This particular thought started off with a casual conversation that started with "Wow if people really knew what they were getting into and what all was really involved!" So much of what reality TV and a lot of kitchen and bath company advertising seem to reflect is a "quick-fix" solution. Yes, those charismatic twins might talk about being able to remodel an entire home in 6 weeks, but what you don't see on the show is the crew of 30 people that came in to do that work while they were off promoting a new home furnishing line on QVC. We hate to burst your bubble but that's not a reality especially for your project budget!
The reality is there are a lot of moving components that are involved from the time you go through the fun part of picking finishes, cabinets, and appliances to the time we hand over a beautiful new space to you, and the behind the scenes action is not so glamorous. A major component starts with the demo process and what we uncover; some contractors might look over the structure, plumbing, electrical, ventilation, etc. issues that have aged or may not be up to current code. At Grand Kitchen+Bath we won't ever proceed with a project by just putting a bandaid on something or patching it up, knowing it's only going to create a problem down the road. In an area like Tampa Bay with a number of aging and historic homes, this is very crucial. There are a lot of things that we look at as we get into a project that might uncover harsh realities, but we do it to make sure we are starting your renovation on a solid foundation that will be a solid investment for years to come.
It's important that you understand the realities before you begin your remodeling project and that you don't have a contractor that gives you lip service with deadlines or a budget that seem too good to be true. The reality is an intensive kitchen or bath remodel can take 12 weeks or more. It's a far cry from the 6-week whole house renovation we see on TV, but again that's not reality. When you are ready to take on your next renovation and are looking for an upfront contractor and design firm, call Grand Kitchen + Bath, we promise to always design your dream space while setting realistic expectations!