Reno of the Month: Is it Safe to Remodel in the Middle of a Pandemic?

By Nicola Caul Shelley, Synergy Design & Construction

Even with some lockdown restrictions easing in Northern Virginia, we know many homeowners are wondering if it’s safe to start a home remodel during this phase of COVID-19. As an essential business, we’ve been open throughout the pandemic and are proud of our team’s hard work to ensure we maintained exceptional standards on all of our job sites to keep our clients and our team healthy and safe but still deliver on-time, on-budget home remodels.

We also know that now is not the time to ease up on any protocols and safety standards. If you decide you are ready to move forward with your remodel, don’t be afraid to ask your chosen remodeling company or general contractor what they are doing to help ensure safety on your project. Here are some of the measures we have in place. This is not an exhaustive list, but it can be used as a starting point for a discussion with your home remodeler:

  • A 3-stage HEPA filtration air purifier to reduce viruses, germs and dust particles in the air
  • Handwashing and sanitization stations at the entrance to job sites
  • Dust barriers with zippered doors that separate the construction site from the rest of the home
  • A screened portable toilet so team members or tradespeople do not use your bathroom
  • Organized and efficiently run job sites keep things clean
  • Close partnership with trade partners to ensure job site standards are upheld
  • Thermometer checks to ensure anyone with an elevated temperature is not allowed on the job site

Our featured home remodel this month is a transitional kitchen, dining room and pantry remodel in Vienna. Every remodel tells a story but this one is particularly meaningful to us. This project was mid-way through construction when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Despite the lockdown, we were able to safely complete the remodel on budget and ahead of schedule for our client who is a healthcare professional. Creating beautiful spaces for her to come home to was an honor.

Don’t just take our word for it! Listen to our client tell you about her experience in her own words.

About this remodel: Our clients have a beautiful home, but the walled-in kitchen and little-used separate formal dining room made the spaces feel cramped and closed-in. They were ready to completely change things up by removing the walls that created a physical separation of space on the main level and create a truly open concept!

The home also has a great backyard with a pool, but an open porch off the kitchen provided little usable functional space. We enclosed the porch and refinished it to create the perfect multi-purpose pantry. It now has tons of built-in bench storage for pool equipment, a second refrigerator, cabinetry storage, shelving and, most importantly, a cosy place for beds under the countertop for their beloved dogs!

Ready to take the first step on your remodeling journey? Get in touch!

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