New chart topper on our list of Scope Creep’s Greatest Hits.

WHOA, WHOA, WHOA. SORRY, BASEMENT. THE WHOLE FIRST FLOOR JUST CUT IN FRONT OF YOU.

The problem (technically a non-problem) with waiting six months to start your basement remodel, is that it gives you a dangerous 180 days of ponder time to reconsider everything else – potentially leading to an entire rest-of-the-house remodel. Once you start envisioning your awesome new basement, all the other rooms suddenly seem, well, less awesome. To be fair, those rooms have feelings too, you know. (They actually don’t, but if they did, there could be problems, like the kitchen all in a huff about how good the basement looks. Nobody wants a mad kitchen.)

So the single-space remodel often turns into a much bigger undertaking, which seems daunting but is really smarter in a lot of ways – particularly if you’re living in the house during the project. In that case, it often makes sense to knock it all out at once vs living in a dusty, noisy, revolving door of a construction zone, phase after phase…after phase. As soon as one thing’s done and cleaned up and all perfect, the crew comes back in and starts making a new mess elsewhere. It gets wearisome, and all homeowners have a different tolerance threshold for how much chaos they can handle before they are D-O-N-E DONE. (We check in often to make sure clients are safely in the non-imploding zone.)

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