Remodeling With Your Spouse

Although it is not a topic that is commonly discussed, spouses don’t always agree on various aspects of remodeling and their goals. Before you hire a remodeling professional to help you finish up your project, you might want to have a conversation with your spouse regarding your priorities for remodeling. If you work together to prioritize the list of home improvements that need to be taken care of in your home, it can help to prevent some of the arguments that may occur during the remodeling process itself.

Most men and women will agree that having a ‘great’ kitchen is the ideal place to start when working on a remodeling project in their home. This is because most families spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen. It is also an area for entertainment. It is a room that is used on a regular basis, multiple times per day. Unfortunately, there are a lot of couples that do not agree on the definition of what a ‘great’ kitchen may be. For this reason, couples may begin to argue about what they want or do not want incorporated into the kitchen remodel. If you are able to discuss these elements before you start working on the project, you can come to an agreement about what needs to be included in the project.

Almost everyone can agree that they want to have a well-organized home that features plenty of storage space and easier access to all of their items. For example, if the master bathroom is in need of remodeling, there are very few couples that will argue about installing two sinks instead of one so that both individuals have the opportunity to spread out their items for space during the morning preparations for work.

The bedroom is generally a joint area for shared space. Therefore, there’s usually not many objections when one partner wants to make enlargements to the room or rearrange it. Updating it is also a good option. When these elements are made a priority, there is usually not any issue with the remodeling itself because both individuals want the same results out of the project. In bathrooms, it can be more challenging, however. This is because bathroom space is used differently by both individuals. The wife may worry that she will regret removing an unused tub in order to get more space in the room and the husband may prefer to invest in an oversized tub instead. This is where communication is very important.

Budgeting is another important aspect that needs to be discussed. Although both partners may be very enthusiastic about remodeling and may want to go invest in a lot of new items and appliances, it’s important to keep the budget in mind. You should ensure that there is a clear understanding between both of you regarding the set price for the budget. This way there’s less of a chance that someone will overspend in the long run.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.