Remodeling is like a crash course in the viability of a relationship. You find out what you and your partner are made of. Large sums of money are involved, plus ego, personal preferences, childhood dreams, high stress, forced collaboration — the list goes on. “I think remodeling is in some way a litmus test for what your current relationship is and what it could be,” says Peter Pearson, who, along with his wife, Ellyn Bader, founded The Couples Institute in the early 1980s. Since then they’ve been counseling couples and training therapists to do the same.

Pearson says remodeling — or tackling any major undertaking as a couple — brings up dilemmas that are blind to geographic location, ethnicity and culture. “It’s just proof of the universality of the emotional brain,” he says. “What gets involved in all these discussions — that’s universal human nature regardless of where you grow up.” 

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Keith Kaplan

CalBRE #01933707
Sothebys International Realty
9255 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA   90069






















































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