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Hostess for the Solstice: Home Renovation Ahead of Summer Fun

Summer time warmth and sunny skies aren't just for vacations! The summer remains the popular choice for homeowners for home renovations and home repairs as the wet and rainy spring brings in favorable weather for outside construction. Read on to hear more of our recent renovations here at Haus Guerin.

After what has amounted to four short years this June, my family and are beginning our mental goodbyes to our home as we prep for our upcoming (yet currently un-decided) departure. While the designs of Haus Guerin literally grew up here in our short time in eastern Mississippi, our appetite for what I affectionately term "soft flips" has been a part of our family dynamic for nearly as long as our decade-plus military career. Making a house a home in a short time is par for the course for many military families. So what exactly is a soft flip and what does it do? Well, quite a bit!

I like to think of a soft flip as a renovation that targets a home's existing friction points or problem areas while also preparing a home for the next phase of dwellers. While this may sound like simply preparing a home for the market, it is conducted with home stewardship at the helm of the design or re-design. In that regard, you make changes that often blend seamlessly into the home. Even better, your improvements may look like they should have always been incorporated in the original design.

This means that there are no landlord specials with soft flips! It may mean ripping out or re-doing rotting vinyl siding, installing gutters to route water away from the home, correcting tile on gypsum board in a primary bathroom suite and utilizing industry standard waterproofing or simply unifying paint colors throughout the home for a more architecturally appropriate palette. Or it could be as mundane and unsexy as new HVAC in older homes that need updating or replacing.

Above: The Magnolia Cream Project, bathroom remediation. Photography \ Angela Brown Photography

With a large enough budget, a soft flip has the potential to lead to sweeping changes in the overall design that elevates the home, even as you fix disastrous and existing costly mistakes in the overall construction. In most cases, fixing the problem is very expensive and time consuming, so it is avoided by many homeowners and passed along to the next buyer. Worst yet, hiring construction professionals does not absolve owners from making many exhaustive, time and budget-draining decisions. When decision fatigue is factored in with the construction dust, having a well thought out plan can really save the day. If hiring a designer is not in the budget, try to consider the following during your own summer renovation:

Prioritize Must-Haves

Once you have identified the problem areas you wish to target in your soft flip, it is really important to consider what other issues you may create or unearth once you start the renovation. For example, we knew we would be totally demolishing our deck once we realized the extent of the water damage. Removing the deck also meant correcting the siding and the flooring from the shared wall. If the project were just the deck, the re-design would have likely included expanding the footprint of the existing deck, doing a multi-level deck and likely using composite decking to extend the future life of the patio. Understanding that the demolition could also reveal other issues (and it did), we kept the budget conservative.

Organize Your Inspiration and Make Selections

Understand that Changes = Money + Time

Communicate Early and Often

Pictured above: Haus Guerin renovation throughout the sunroom and deck areas included a new deck and new flooring, as well removal of the vinyl ceiling in the sunroom with more design upgrades on the horizon.

Pictured below: The new deck awaits clear weather for weather protective staining and new outdoor furniture to prep for summer festivities.

Home renovations can be a frustrating time for homeowners but a proper plan minimizes many potential problems. If all of the above sounds a bit overwhelming and daunting, contact Haus Guerin to discuss creating a plan for your renovation needs!


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