|I Am Not a Magician|
I once had a request for an estimate to "finish the attic".
I arrived at the appointed time greeted by both husband & wife. Up the stairs we went & I see a
partially completed attic.
They explained they wanted two finished bedrooms each with their own closet.
So we start going through several items including flooring, heat, electric etc, etc & last but not least the
wife says, "also I want the wall separating the two rooms to fold back & disappear so I can have one large room
whenever I want".
I replied, in my best New York accent, "Mrs Smith I am a contractor not Mandrake the magician. I do not do
disappearing walls as part of my act. There is no way to fold back a wall & then make it disappear".
Not surprisingly, a few minutes later I was out the door. Another job lost because of my rude sarcasm.
True, she thought I was inferring she was a ding bat & replied to the inferred insult by booting me out.
I was only trying to explain you can't always have what you want & I did it badly.
Through the years homeowners have requested five sided walls with a five sided roof, a star shaped addition,
round rooms & a bunch of other irregular shapes. They would always finish their request with "but I want to do
this as inexpensively as possible."
There is a reason most remodeling conforms to the same standards. It is the most economically feasible way to
get your remodel completed.
Once you get out of the norm you are asking for economic trouble. The costs skyrocket out of sight & out of
So, if you really, really want to do your remodel as inexpensively as possible - keep it as simple as you can
stand - & the cost goes down quickly.