The importance of being flexible when remodeling

I am waving the white flag of surrender. I am laying down any prior presumptions I may have once had about a client’s relationship with their contractor. I arrogantly wrote a few weeks ago about how calm and cool I was being about my basement renovation by not over shopping and about being so harmonious. The following is a humorous but true recap of the last 48 hours of my life.

In two days my life has gone from ‘oh, we aren’t sure when the drywall is starting’ to ‘drywall is coming tomorrow – have you ordered the bathroom taps? They need to be here now.’

I am writing this a little capriciously but the timelines they are shouting about are real and I have had to make several phone calls and visits to plumbing stores to make all of this happen. The first ones I chose were back ordered (of course they were) and the second ones were not the right ones for my vanity. I really need to stop right here and admit to everyone that yes, I chose the wrong taps for my vanity. I am ashamed and humbled that even 15 years being a designer didn’t exempt me from this foolish mistake.

Moving on from that silly blunder, I was able to find some wonderful bathroom fixtures with the help of two very accommodating sales people from different supply stores. They were both pleasant and professional and didn’t seem to mind my changes or the frantic pace I was running at. I am extremely grateful for their help and thrilled with the products that were eventually ordered.

The hilarious thing is, I thought I had it all under control. I had prearranged everything and was convinced that I had a handle on all the products going into my basement. Imagine my shock when I realized I had forgotten about bathroom taps and showerhead. Never take your bathroom fixtures for granted readers, they travel a great distance and can cost a small fortune. Most clients visit me at the move in stage of their home wanting window coverings as they realize that their neighbours can see every move they make. The panicked look that crosses their face when I tell them that blinds are three weeks delivery is now completely understandable. I mean, I did understand it before but now I feel the panic in my soul – it has gone from understanding to empathy; head to heart if you will.

The trick to this is to be malleable, even boneless like a jellyfish. Let these setbacks and worry roll off you as you move on to the stuff you can work on. Fretting and worrying about a back ordered tap when the contractor wants one now is hard on your soul and makes the renovation process no fun. Will I be just as happy with a different model of tap or is my future happiness hinging on having that exact model? Doubtful, onward and upward to the next available taps.

So be cheered fellow home improvement-ers, hope is in sight! Even though your original plan may be thwarted by the plagues and pestilence of long shipping dates and back ordered merchandise, you will rise and find products at the ready with a little perseverance and a firm word to your contractor – I am working on it!

Kim Meckler is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.

Just Posted

Red Deer rebounding, hosting AUMA convention

Hundreds of municipal officials gather in Red Deer for the AUMA

Celebrate ‘Alberta Culture Days’ here in Red Deer

Lots of family-friendly activities set for this coming weekend

On the run with Melissa Ray

Red Deer runner talks about her intense running experiences

Red Deer RCMP arrest man after truck collides with pub

RCMP are investigating the incident as an impaired driving collision

CATena offers glimpse into Central Alberta Theatre’s new season

Visitors can also check out Memorial Centre refurbishments

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Ottawa working to iron out kinks in public alert system

The alerts are being credit with saving lives during last week’s tornadoes

Assault charge withdrawn vs. ex-Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna

Former Toronto player agrees to peace bond

UPDATED: Bill Cosby gets 3-10 years in prison for sexual assault

Judge also declared the disgraced comedian a ‘sexually violent predator’

U.S. worker charged after video shows him spitting on customer’s pizza

Jaylon Kerley of Detroit is charged with a felony count of food law violations

Robbery report at outlet mall turns out to be fake: police

Leduc RCMP respond to weapons complaint at premium outlet collection mall

Canada aiming for the moon, and beyond, with new space technology efforts

With an eye on future lunar exploration, Canada’s space agency is calling on companies to present their ideas for everything from moon-rover power systems to innovative mineral prospecting techniques.

New Brunswick Premier meets with lieutenant-governor as Tories, Liberals vie for power

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said the only other leader he had spoken with since results came in was Green Leader David Coon.

Most Read