The Remodeling Roller Coaster

Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom can be fun, creative and exciting. It also has its ups and downs as we term it the ’emotional roller coaster’. This roller coaster could have dramatic highs and lows or it can be a fairly smooth ride.

Typical remodel roller coaster.

Renovisions roller coaster.
Below is our version of the roller coaster illustrated through
a recent design/build kitchen Renovision.

We believe what makes a difference is how our team approaches the project from design and selections to final completion.

If you are in a first time kitchen or bath remodeling project and you’re feeling a little nervous, you are not alone. An investment of this size comes with a lot of questions and the desire to make sure your ROI is great. The feelings, thoughts and emotions of a homeowner experiences is often translated into the common metaphor of “the remodeling roller coaster” and it could not be more accurate. Like any disruption to your routine, the process of remodeling requires patience and flexibility. We recommend that you try to keep your eye on the prize, a room you will enjoy for years to come!

People ask “why the big dips?” we can explain.

Just like buying a car, you may need to review the bells and whistles to reach your ideal cost for your remodeling project. When you work with our design-build team, we are able to give realistic pricing as we design for you. We also present options that fall within a Good-Better-Best cost basis with various product choices.

After design you’ll be signing a contract. We try to make ours as simple as possible, while protecting the rights of our company and the homeowner. After making your deposit payment, your project is scheduled on our calendar and deconstruction of your home will begin soon.

During the demo, its possible unforeseen issues are uncovered that will increase cost to the overall project (rot, repairs, re-routing electric, plumbing lines), subcontractor, shipping and inspection scheduling are complex and there are bound to be a few delays, sometimes longer which can add frustration.

As work proceeds, the emotional curve starts high and heads downhill. Installation of electrical, plumbing, heating and plastering seems tedious.

Drywall installation is often a low point because it closes in previously wide-open spaces and it is a dusty procedure.

After the drywall goes up, your mood will improve dramatically. As we continue to install the items you’ve selected (tiles, cabinetry, fixtures, hardware..) your design comes together a little more each day and that is exciting!

At the end of the job, it is typical to feel like “we love you but please get out of our house!” It can take a little time to recover from the stress of the effort, activity and disruption.

Maintaining trust in your contractor is key as we are trying to get the right parts to keep your project going forward and working diligently on your behalf to keep the job running as smoothly as possible. Effective communication is always appreciated between contractor and customer.

Upon completion, you’re going to feel like the lows were absolutely worth the highs. It is our job as a contractor to prepare you for these moments and be a consistent source of support. Hopefully, knowing this natural ebb and flow ahead of time will help you through your own remodel.

Jun 27, 2019
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Renovisions 4th Annual Fall Fling
Last Thursday we hosted our 4th Annual Renovisions Fall Fling at our
Kitchen and Bath Showroom.
It was a night filled with yummy food, wonderful drinks and great conversations.
A Renovisions team effort was exemplified ensuring a successful night enjoyed by all.
Delicious food with an autumnal flair was served.
The delectable Pound Cake Bar with hot fudge, warmed apples and caramel was a big hit with all of the guests.
 A delightful array of scent-sational holiday candles are on display.
Feel free to stop in anytime to purchase some and keep in mind, we gift wrap!

We are grateful for the support our business receives from the local Hanover Chamber of Commerce community,
as well as from our clients, friends and family.
We enjoy giving and find that this warm and inviting time of the year is perfect to open our Showroom in gratitude.
Congratulations to our raffle winners! Our client Eileen St. Onge and Erik Burns from Dream Realty.

A big thank you to the very talented Moira at Ivy & Olive’s for this uniquely beautiful centerpiece for our Fall Fling. We love it!
Looking forward to next year’s 5th Annual Fall Fling!
Nov 07, 2017
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Re-Discover the Joys of the Kitchen
Our latest kitchen Renovision.

These Hanover, MA clients came to Renovisions as they wanted a local design-build company to rework and expand their small and outdated 1980’s colonial kitchen.

We collaborated and created an expanded 12’x15’ addition space to accommodate a newly designed kitchen which is now 21’x15’. Before we began with the construction process, proper structural engineering presented a challenge as the property was built on ledge. As expected, we determined that several concrete supports were necessary and needed to be built to support the expanded structure.

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Our plan included both creative aesthetic and functional layout modifications to transform this ordinary kitchen into a spacious, well-lit, highly functional, stylish and welcoming space to cook, gather and entertain. The bump-out allowed for more functional cabinetry and a dining table which before was placed in a corner of the previous cramped kitchen. Now, there is a wide open space from the adjacent living room and a clear path to a 5’ French door opening to the pool deck. The homeowners also elected for us to extend a new roof over their existing deck creating a nice shaded space to entertain guests.

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The island, which serves as the central gathering spot. is eye catching with contrasting dark cocoa colored cabinets and stunning natural looking Cambria quartz countertops. Large, easily accessible deep drawers provide much needed storage for pots, pans and lids as well as expansive countertop space for everyday prep and family get-togethers.

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Overall, the clients were thrilled with their Renovision and cannot wait to throw a party to show off their stunning kitchen.

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“Dear Cathy and Ed, We are abundantly grateful for the entire Renovisions Team that have provided us with a beautiful kitchen and porch to enjoy.  We will continue to make family memories for many years to come with this new addition. From the first time we met with you at the showroom, we were confident that high quality workmanship would go into our new construction. Mike, Brad, and Tom were very trustworthy and worked very hard every day they were on the job site.  They were very flexible and always put the homeowners safety first. They even offered a bit of comic relief! Every night the site was cleaned meticulously, never leaving tools or sharp edges of any sort in the open space. We were also very pleased with the help offered when designing and choosing cabinets, tile and other finishes. Liz was always very helpful and patient to answer questions when we came by the showroom. We are extremely pleased with all the choices and on a daily basis we enjoy the warmth and amazing space it provides.

We recently hosted a retirement party for 70 people and it never felt crowed! We relax under the covered porch in the morning for coffee, the afternoon for lunch and to watch the grandkids in the pool. And of course in the evening while we read or catch up on emails. It is an amazing space! Thank you all again, for your hard work and passion for your craftsmanship. We will be in touch soon to set up a date for you all to drop by to see the finishing touches and to enjoy refreshments.”

 – Paul & Beth H. (Hanover)

Nov 17, 2016
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2016 Cost vs Value Report

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PLANNING A REMODEL?

Interested in learning which home upgrades score big with buyers?

Find out the results from the 2016 survey that tells us about today’s housing market.

For the latest information on the value of remodeling, check out the
2016 Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report.

Boston Average:

Midrange Bath: $22,729
Upscale Bath: $66,735

Midrange Kitchen: $71,906
Upscale Kitchen: $133,618

New England Average:

Midrange Bath: $19,159
Upscale Bath: $59,606

Midrange Kitchen: $62,989
Upscale Kitchen: $123,381

2015 National Average:

Midrange Bath: $17,908
Upscale Bath: $57,411

Midrange Kitchen: $59,999
Upscale Kitchen: $119,909

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Feb 25, 2016
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5 Remodels That Make Good Resale Value Sense

1.Kitchens. Updating a tired old kitchen is one of the wisest methods, and a tried and true one, of increasing the value of your home. When planning a kitchen remodel, and making design decisions and selections for plumbing fixtures, appliances, cabinets and countertop materials, you should determine whether you are prioritizing your own design aesthetic or the return on your investment.

Either priority is perfectly acceptable, but you should understand which is your priority, or strike a balance between the two that you can feel good about. 

For example, using the existing kitchen layout and affordable cosmetic materials is a sure way to keep the cost of your kitchen remodel manageable. When you start tearing out walls, bumping out the exterior home footprint to gain a few feet, and moving plumbing fixtures and appliances, the cost of the remodel will jump and your dollars will be less efficiently spent.

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2. Adding living space. A straightforward addition of a new living room space is typically a very good investment.

Newly added square footage equals increases your home’s value. There are certain costs that will be associated with your addition regardless of the size. New square footage will require the demolition of existing exterior walls, a new foundation, a new roof, new exterior siding and probably new windows. If you are going to incur these expenses, it’s important to get some bang for your buck. It’s important that the added room is sized so that the space can be efficiently produced.

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3. Curb appeal. You have heard not to judge a book by its cover, but smart money recognizes the cover’s value. Your front elevation is more than just a first impression. It’s the only impression available to just about all of your home’s potential buyers.

The good news is that there are a number of very affordable projects that can improve curb appeal, and some more extensive improvements that can likely pay off as well. Simply cleaning out overgrown brush and making a few new planting additions to your landscape can go a long way toward improving curb appeal at a very low cost.

Repainting is another low-cost, high-impact improvement. Costlier changes such as changing out old windows or an aged entry door are things that potential buyers will notice and value. Even more extensive front-elevation remodels, such as added dormers and front porches, can prove wise from an investment standpoint.

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4. Master suites. Sorry, kids. Home buying decisions are in the hands of adults, and adults care about the environment where they sleep. Updating a master bedroom or remodeling and adding a new master suite is money well spent. The buyers will picture themselves living in their private space, and it’s of quantitative value when they like what they see.

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5. Bathrooms. Home buyers notice bathrooms, and although all the bathrooms are important, a priority should be placed on the powder room and master bath, followed by a guest bathroom and any other secondary baths (the kids don’t need to know).

The same rules apply to a bathroom remodel as to the kitchen. Cosmetic changes are safer from an investment standpoint than modifications involving changed layouts or minor additions, which can result in inefficient expenses.

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Dec 08, 2015
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