Column: TV myths you want to squash
If you’re like us, you love a good renovation show on HGTV or the DIY network. It’s always fun to see a home transformed from awful to amazing in just under 30 minutes. However, sometimes what you see on television doesn’t exactly reflect reality. We’ve done hundreds of bathroom and kitchen remodels, and installed thousands of feet of flooring, and we can tell you – you can’t always believe what you see on TV. Here are some myths you might see on renovation shows, and the truths we’ve learned from years of experience.
Television Myth: Granite is king
Some renovation and real estate shows will tell you that granite countertops are a must-have item and anything else is unacceptable. We agree that granite is gorgeous and a lovely choice for your home, but it’s far from the only great material to use. Quartz, marble, wood, and even concrete can create a beautiful and durable countertop for your home.
Television Myth: Hardwood floors are the only option
Remodeling shows tend to put a high-emphasis on installing hardwood floors, and we understand why. Hardwoods are a gorgeous choice and add value to your home. However, hardwood floors don’t fit every budget and lifestyle. Modern technology has brought us many laminate and vinyl options that give the look of hardwood at a lower cost, and with greater durability. Carpet has also come a long way, with hundreds of stylish patterns and styles available. Hardwood is a great choice, but it’s not your only choice!
Television Myth: All remodels go over budget
It seems to happen on every HGTV show: that moment when something is discovered that will make the project go thousands of dollars over budget. What will the homeowners do? In reality, these instances should be rare. If we run into issues during a project, we work with the homeowner to find an affordable solution. These instances are rare and we do all we can to keep unexpected surprises at a minimum.
Television Myth: Something always goes wrong
Every TV show needs a little bit of drama, and on renovation shows you often see things going wrong. Projects go way over time, homes are left destroyed, and the homeowners’ lives are greatly inconvenienced. Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom can definitely change your routine for a few weeks, but we do all we can to make the process as painless as possible. We’re committed to completing our projects in the timeframe we lay out for our clients, so they can enjoy their new space as soon as possible.
Renovation and remodeling shows are fun and entertaining, but it’s important to remember that they only present us with a small picture of what remodeling is like. For real answers about the remodeling experience, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our professionals so we can answer your questions and help meet the specific needs of your home.