Remodelers don’t sell a commodity; we sell a service. There are many variables to a remodeling project and as a result pricing is done on a case by case basis. Remodeling is a process that requires stringent project management. To be successful in remodeling, we must manage the process and also the project. Understanding the process is paramount to understanding the steps in your remodeling project and this is something we will break down for you.
The first step in the process is to identify what your goals and priorities are for the overall project. Once the overall concept, timeline and budget are established we then move to the design phase. During the design phase we construct both structural and interior design plans. These plan include specifications as well as all product selections. As more decisions are made and product selections happen we will review your initial budget. The next step is acquiring permits and obtaining approval on the permits. Once all permits are in place the construction begins. Communication is key at this point, and our staff is always accessible. Updates will be continual during this process so that you are kept in the loop on all developments.
One major advantage of the design/build process is that there is only a single contract between the owner and the design/build team. Another advantage is that we perform all functions such as on site measurements, engineering for structural modifications and preparing drawings of existing conditions. Other functions we may perform are assisting the client with preparation and analysis of proposed needs and goals, producing design sketches to help communicate the proposed design, helping to direct clients in all material and product selections, building plans and final job costs. Rolling all these processes into one streamlined production improves communication, lowers cost, and ultimately limits risks on behalf of the owner, since all liability is handled by the Remodeler.
Larger jobs are split into 2 phases. Phase 1- space planning, structural engineering and an initial cost review to establish your budget. Phase 2- interior design, product and material selections, building plans and the final cost evaluation. Once those two phases are complete we will provide a contract on the proposed build out. Lastly, building begins.
For smaller Jobs, like stand-alone kitchens and baths, the process is condensed to a single phase. My initial consultation for a small job is at no charge. My design fees are based on the scope of work, the job site logistics, time of year and projected budget.
Finding the right remodeler is very important to the success of your project. Your home is too important to trust it to just anyone. Your remodeler needs to listen and understand your needs, respect your lifestyle and have a good personality, along with a good reputation.