Are Your Renovation Expectations Realistic?

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Remodeling or renovating your home can feel like a crazy journey. With hundreds of decisions to make and dozens of schedules to choreograph, it's something that must be managed by a strong team — a team that involves you, the homeowner while leaving you out of the minutia. I know you are already busy and don't need be bogged down by every detail. At the same time, I want to make sure you have realistic  expectations about remodeling. I'm sure you know: It's not at all like HGTV.

Below are some of the top things you should be ready to experience during your home renovation.

1.  Time Lines and Budget

2.  Delays & Issues

3.  Your Decisiveness


Renovations take months or years to reach full completion, and this timeline varies with the complexity of your unique project. Small, one-room projects are often known to require months of renovation time before they are livable, and that's just the reality of it. Full home remodels can require a full year (or even more) of consistent work.

Because of the longer duration of these projects, your budget should be mapped out strategically.


Delays in home projects are unavoidable right now, thanks to the pandemic and supply chain issues. As an industry, we are currently experiencing appliance and material shortages, pent-up demand, and not enough skilled tradespeople.

Pandemic and shortages aside, it's normal to experience delays due to weather. (Try digging a foundation in an unusually rainy season — ugh!) It's also typical to experience delays due to unforeseen issues. For example, a simple foyer renovation might turn into a mold remediation and rot repair project when we remove your old door system and discover the sill beneath is water damaged. We do our utmost to catch these issues during the planning phase, but some of it is simply impossible to find until demolition has ensued.


A dream client is a confident decision-maker. I've found that often, that confidence grows over time, especially when you realize that my job is to make those choices as easy for you as possible. Rather than overwhelm you, I curate the best options for each decision that must be made and then present the pros and cons.

I love it when all decision-makers are able to swiftly and smoothly let their opinions be known and move on to the next step. This does a lot to prevent unnecessary delays and overage expenses.

It is so important that you weigh out all the factors when deciding on a home remodel or renovation.

Are you Ready?

Are you ready to tackle your own home renovation?  Or need a little more inspiration to get you on the right track?  Read this BLOG POST on the 4 crucial things you need to know before you start a home renovation.

Or take a look at this BLOG POST with some before and after photos of projects I have done.

HERE is a full post on a complete home renovation.

What to expect during a home renovation

A little about me....

Jill Shevlin founded her interior design firm in 2001. To that end, she is an experienced high-end interior designer based in Vero Beach with a degree in Interior Design from Florida State University. As a Florida native, she was born in West Palm Beach, and is widely regarded as a local expert in oceanfront property and seaside design.

My Approach it Design

Her approach to interior design projects is rooted in the belief that personal service is just as critical as personal design. Jill believes successful interior design projects and thrilled homeowners come together in the presence of good listening, close relationships, and interior designs that favor the owner’s sensibilities — rather than the designer’s. Her expertise guides clients in the right direction, while letting their vision shine throughout the process. Jill remains meticulous and detail-oriented without losing sight of the bigger picture, nor each creative task at hand.

Her stunning and inspiring designs have been featured in multiple elite publications, including Luxe, Dwell, Florida Design, Aspire Magazine, and others. Her reputation for exceeding client expectations has earned an impressive repertoire of loyal, long-standing customers from the East Coast to the West Coast, and everywhere in between.
Renovation Realities

If you're seeking an Interior Designer in Vero Beach, managing renovation timelines and budgets is essential for a successful project.  Call an expert Jill Shevlin Design.

In Vero Beach, home renovations may face delays due to industry challenges and unforeseen issues.

In Vero Beach, decisive decision-making by homeowners fosters smooth project progression and minimizes potential delays.