As we prepare to enter a new year, it is worth looking at some emerging trends and thinking about what they mean for the future. One of them, according to the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) is the “slimming down” attitude of American consumers. An analyst from The Futures Co. characterize this philosophy with the slogan, “Live large, carry little.” It’s a mindset that we understand.
The message has to do with a growing desire to “pay one’s way.” Research findings show that consumers, while still wanting nice things, are not willing to be in debt to have them. Economic conditions of the past several years have altered our attitudes. In a way, that’s a good thing. Undertaking the various phases of home improvement in small steps, and paying as you go rather than financing a major project, can be easier on the lifestyle as well as the budget.
If, for instance, you hope to modernize your kitchen, install new eco-friendly windows throughout your home, remodel the master bath and add a screened porch during 2014, you can plan a series of work phases, all conforming to a master plan. Your knowledgeable consultant from Trade Mark Design & Build will be happy to assist you with design sketches, timetables and budget considerations. We will work with you to plan all your projects and take the worry out of the work.
You can plan the improvements in logical phases that will cause as little disruption as possible in your day-to-day life. The kitchen work might be put off until a school vacation, when backyard barbecues, paper plates and informal meals are the norm. Smaller improvements can quickly add up to the home of your dreams without taking a toll on your budget or your sanity.