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Navigating remodeling during a difficult time

Navigating Remodeling during a difficult time
Written by Lorraine Hart of Ideal Consulting Services, published in the Sunday, April 5, 2020 edition of the Houston Chronicle.

This is a challenging time for all of us. Our actions, decisions and behavior matters.  Given our current situations, we may find ourselves with less time or more time. We may have concerns with persons entering our environment and question whether we will be safe.

The home construction industry has been deemed an essential service permitting operations to continue.  The Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) members are committed to the health, safety and welfare of our workforce and the public. 

At this time of year, it is normally renovation time. For some, now may be an ideal time to embark on a renovation project, given that you’re in your home anyway. Will Cole of Divine Renovation and President of the Greater Houston Builders Association Remodelers Council remarks “I am old school and enjoy visiting with our clients. Someone once told me the only thing you can count on is change.  As we come through this current situation, we can be sure, things will be different.   For instance, there are no on-site design meetings.  Our clients email photos of the existing improvement and of selections they like.  We in turn create renderings and return them the same way.  It’s a big time saver (no driving) and could be the new norm.”

Some of our remodelers have weighed in with how they are handling the situation at hand.

Larry Abbott of Abbott Contracting maintains that “Dust management has always been a top priority for us.  We use clean clear disposable plastic zip walls to quarantine work areas from the rest of the home and limit access to these areas.”

Kevin Vick of Vick Construction & Remodeling knows that “By following local guidelines by limiting the number of workers to 10 people or less on any jobsite at one time, staggering workers’ schedules and following all CDC guidelines will definitely minimize risk.”

Shawn Vacek of Remodelers of Houston says “Individual jobs like a kitchen or bathroom remodel may be better options for homeowners.  For instance, a kitchen remodel can be made less disruptive if we create a portable kitchen to handle your cooking needs.”

John Gillette of Craftsmanship By John adds “We currently operate in the most efficient way to keep the projects running smoothly. Most of our communications with staff, subs and clients are done remotely. This is best for customer service especially if questions, decisions or last-minute changes need to be made. “

David Norman of Caliber Construction Group thinks “It’s a good time to focus on outdoor living projects, such as a covered patio with outdoor kitchen, having your own outdoor oasis to relax and (eventually) entertain.”

In speaking to many of the remodelers they have indicated they are going above and beyond in keeping themselves their employees, subcontractors and clients safe.  Home improvement can be a great way to improve the quality of your life.