Your spouse comes home to find you gutting the bathroom. Do they react by throwing a few choice words your way or do they give you a hug for finally moving forward with the remodel you’ve been talking about for the last three years?
If you’re a fan of sleeping in the bedroom and not on the couch, you probably get the hug, because there’s no way you’d embark upon a major remodel without talking to your partner first. And while this is definitely a wise move from a relationship preservation standpoint, knowing what your significant other wants before you get started is critical to the success of any major project. Perhaps that’s why 80% of homeowners we surveyed make the smart move to include their partner in the decision-making process. Problem is, couples often have different ideas of what’s important in a remodel, especially when it comes to major projects. So, what’s the key to reaching a common goal? Compromise.
A Bathroom for Both of You
He wants an integrated sound system, a car wash shower, and a walled-off toilet space. You want a huge soaker tub, plenty of natural light, and dual sinks. If money is no big deal, there’s no reason you both can’t get what you want. However, it probably is, which means you’ll need to drop a few items from your wish list. The good news is that both of you can still get the bathroom you’ve been dreaming of. To get the relaxing space you want while satisfying his efficiency requirements, go with the dual sinks, separate toilet space, soaker tub and shower. It might not be as extravagant but it will be a bathroom you’ll both be happy with.
Basements are tough, especially when everyone has their own idea of how it should best be used. Talk to any guy and they’ll tell you a bar, game room, and home theater are high on their wish lists. Women, on the other hand, tend to be a bit more pragmatic with their priorities. For them, it’s all about optimizing the space for multiple uses, with extra bedrooms, plenty of storage, and expansive family rooms being the most popular choices. And while it is possible to incorporate all of the above into your basement, to maximize your space and budget you’ll need to pick the features that deliver the most value and utility. For this reason, we recommend going with a multi-purpose family room (wet bar included if you have the space), an extra bedroom (that can do double duty as a home office), and an additional bathroom.
While you and your partner might not completely agree on what the perfect bathroom or basement looks like, most couples are able to reach a consensus when it comes to remodeling their bedroom. They want a relaxing room with plenty of space, plenty of storage, and an en-suite bathroom. The differences come when it’s time to decorate. Since style is so subjective, the key to arriving at a look you can both be happy with is for each of you to make a list of design elements and color options. Usually, this means picking out paint you can both be happy with. Go through the list together and identify the styles you share. Put those at the top of the list. If you’re able to reach a consensus, perfect! If not, go through your wish list and talk about what’s essential and what’s not.
Part of the fun of a remodel is sitting down with your partner to daydream about what the finished product will look like. No, you probably won’t see eye to eye at first. But with a little give and take, you’ll find that your remodel will satisfy both of your wants (and maybe even some of your needs, too).
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