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Sheet cakes and adult beverages. These are the two things that have caused the most stress this week!

When your family made the choice to have a combined graduation party with one of your younger daughter’s best friends, you knew the decision would come with some challenges. The friend’s house, however, had recently been remodeled and yours had not. And while you are having some kitchen remodeling done the first two weeks of summer while you are away on vacation, your home simply does not look that great right now.

Having the party at the friend’s house, of course, meant that there were many decisions that simply were not yours to make. And while both high school graduates indicated that they wanted ice cream and not graduation cake, the host decided otherwise. To make matters even more frustrating for the girls, now adult beverages have been added to the party. Because the high school girls and their friends are not old enough to drink, they simply did not want any alcohol at your house. This would have been a perfectly fine decision at your home, but the host has made other plans. Most of the other decisions about decorating and menu items have gone well, but the addition of the sheet cakes and the adult beverages has created some stress. In hindsight, you wish you could have completely all of your remodeling projects in time to host the party at your home.

Home Remodeling Projects Require Careful Attention to Many Details

Whether you are looking forward to first floor renovations for a graduation party or you are concerned about whole home remodeling to accommodate an older relative in the house, it is always a good idea to start the planning process well in advance of any deadlines that you may have. From complicated and expensive kitchen remodeling to minor bathroom changes, there are always many details that you need to attend to.

Consider some of these facts and figures about the home remodeling process and the impact that they have on the economy of the nation as well as the lifestyle of the home owners:

  • 33% of home owners say they change to a healthier lifestyle after remodeling their kitchen, according to Houzz.
  • 35% of remodeling jobs involved the whole home.
  • Every year, home owners remodel more than 10.2 million kitchens and 14.2 million bathrooms.
  • 82.7% is the average return on investment (ROI) for even a minor kitchen remodel.
  • In comparison, the average basement remodel can have up to a 70% ROI, according to Home Advisor.
  • 60% of home owners are planning to remodel their master bathroom, according to a Houzz survey.

Whether it is kitchen remodeling before a graduation party or a minor bathroom renovation, you will never be disappointed if you get an early start. Especially if you want to be able to host an upcoming graduation celebration.


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I've seen a lot of cooking, home improvement and crafting shows and, let me tell you, they make things look way easier than they are. Most people really can’t remodel their own kitchen, paint a wall mural or whip up a gourmet meal in an afternoon. I’m here to share my ideas and guidance about home and family--things I've learned through trial and error. I've already made the mistakes so you don’t have to! Just don’t ask about the kitchen cabinet refinishing project that went awry.
May 2022