Once you have your serenity room, you'll need to establish rituals for its use. This shouldn't be another 'should' in your life, but a soothing habit, kind of like settling into the easy chair after work with your slippers, the newspaper, and a glass of Gewurtztraminer. In other words, another ritual that reinforces the way you escape from the demands of your day, only a bit different, and a bit novel. Be the first in your neighborhood.
So, get the neighbors sorted out by telling them that there will be some noise and contractors in and out, get your pets sorted as well - best to put them in a kennel for a while, and let's start decorating.
You should also take into consideration whether or not you will be doing a lot of entertaining and having dinner parties, if this is the case it's a good idea to have an island stove top and a separate wall oven. The extra room will help your dinner parties go as planned.
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