The Taj Mahal, in the northern Indian city of Agra is without question one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The majority of the structure—commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1632—took 11 years to complete and additions to the project went on for another 10 years. Approximately 20,000 artisans were employed to create and decorate the building, which cost an estimated $827 million (in 2015 dollars). Roughly 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year.
Remodeling Lessons from the Taj Mahal
Most of us don’t have the building or remodeling budget that Shah Jahan had. And we generally can’t afford to wait for 21 years to complete a project. There are, however some lessons we can pick up from this spectacular building.
- Great Design Never Goes Out of Style: The Taj Mahal was complete more that 350 years ago, but millions of people flock to see it every year because of its exquisite beauty. When you’re considering a remodeling of your home, good design is an essential. Fads (including home design fads) will come and go, but quality design will ensure that you end up with remodeling results that still look good years from now. That’s why it’s important not to rush the design part of the remodeling process. Make sure you have a design you’ll be happy with when the project is done—and for years down the road.
- The Importance of Form and Function: When you look at the Taj Mahal, it’s easy to imagine you’re looking at some grand palace. In fact the building is a mausoleum—a monument built to honor the memory of the shah’s wife. It is an enduring reminder of his love for her. When you remodel your home, you’re not building a monument—but you probably have a specific reason for making some changes. It can be easy to get wrapped up in details during the remodeling process, but it’s important that you (and your remodeler) stay true to the purpose for which you’re doing the remodeling. Focus on the function. What are you trying to accomplish with your kitchen or bath remodeling? Make sure you communicate that to your contractor early on. Remodeling is all about making your home more comfortable and enjoyable.
- Details Do Matter: As impressive as the Taj Mahal is from a distance, it’s the attention to detail—both on the exterior and in the interior—that really make this structure so remarkable. When you choose a remodeler for your home, make sure you pick someone who will pay attention to the details that make a difference when the project is complete. You don’t have to strive for absolute perfection, but you also don’t settle for “close enough.”
According to a 2015 survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), remodelers say that kitchen and bathroom remodels continue to be the most popular projects. When the NAHB explored why homeowners are remodeling they discovered that while some projects were prompted by a need for repairs – more homeowners are looking to upgrade their homes with better style, comfort and safety. They also found that many homeowners who needed more space—but who were reluctant to move—were opting to remodel instead.