Posted in Managing Expectations, Surviving A Remodel

What is Really Important

You many have come across this already. I want to share it again here because the message holds true no matter what we are facing in life. With remodeling, it seems that crisis and drama are played out in an accelerated fashion. You have the construction crews invading your house at the crack of dawn, or someone doesn’t show up, or a material is back ordered and there are quick decisions to be made by you and your spouse but you do not agree on the same things and the contractor needs an answer right away. This is the type of stress that finds it’s way under your skin.

When it gets this stressful, take a step back, breathe, and know this to shall pass. In the overall scheme of things in life, we have to constantly remember to put things in perspective.

When you have a moment, I have included a video link for you to watch. Please listen to Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor, was about to give a lecture Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 18, 2007, but before he said a word, he received a standing ovation from 400 students and colleagues. A Professor’s Life Lessons.
The full lecture is found at ETC Global News.



Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

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