Practical remodeling – Tips for parents from a pro (and a mom)

Practical remodeling – Tips for parents from a pro (and a mom)

You trip over a bookbag as you walk in the front door. The kitchen cabinets have stacks of, well, everything. That baseball uniform or homework or dance shoes have disappeared into the void. Maybe it’s time for a little – or a big – home renovation. But before you start, consider these tips from a builder who is also a mom.

Sarah Sain and her husband own Sain Homes. She got her first renovation job from her dad when she was 13, so she knows the ins and outs of remodeling on budget and in a way that works for those who will use the space. 

“First of all, you really need to stop and consider before you remodel,” she said. “Think through practically, how do you want to live in your home? How do you actually live? And how do you want to live? Because I think so many people think, ‘Oh, I’m going to have Carrara marble countertops in this beautiful, perfect white kitchen.’ And you know, that’s beautiful and possible, but you need to think about that every day use. Do you need space to have your espresso maker because you love making a latte in the morning? Do the kids come in and dump their backpacks on the island every day? Think through the things that drive you crazy, and then think through how you live. Then think through what you want, and see where some of those things can marry.”

The kitchen

It’s where we spend our time, so function truly matters in the kitchen.

Practical remodeling – Tips for parents from a pro (and a mom)

“I feel like they’re the heart of the home,” Sain said. “Even my own kids when they come through the door after school, that is where everything gets dumped – on the kitchen island. I am a big fan of having as big of a kitchen island as your space allows.”