The question: Remodel or move?

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  • DaveT Bountiful, UT
    July 2, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    As an Architect with 29 years' experience, I have seen the impact of home remodels on a lot of families. People should be warned about the incredible stress which comes with any major (or even minor) remodel. The not-so-funny joke is that you get your certificate of occupancy on the same day you're served with divorce papers. Any couple who anticipates a major remodel needs to understand what they are facing and have a firm understanding between themselves as to how they will handle it and avoid disastrous conflicts. Don't get me wrong, I am a strong advocate of remodeling to get what you want, but it can be a very difficult road, and is not for everybody. Typically for an Architect, my house is and always will be a work-in-progress, but my wife and I have made careful agreements as to how we will manage the ongoing projects. Mostly, they are her projects, with some input from me, so that keeps it simple. Everybody will have their own approach.

  • SillyRabbit Layton, 00
    June 28, 2013 6:02 p.m.

    I must be confused: Memories exist in our minds, they are quite portable.

    Also, the idea of a "forever" home preys on a certain prevalent mindset in Utah. Your house is not forever, and you should instead value the people that have made it a home. If those people are gone, it may be time for you to move on too. There is not one ounce of shame in relocating to affordable housing.

    Unfortunately, people don't tend to see that perspective.

    Own less and do more.