Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide Are You Planning a Home Remodel? Here Are Some Tips to Get You There Successfully!
A home remodel can be a bit overwhelming. It’s a complex job filled with product and color choices along with the task of maintaining a budget and finding the right design build firm to complete the work, Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide
Whether you’re considering a kitchen remodel, creating the perfect master suite, or adding an addition, with planning, research, a developed creative vision, and the right contractor, you can complete your project successfully and create the perfect space for you and your family to enjoy for many years to come.
The following steps can help you to plan and execute a successful home remodel.
FIRST, DEVELOP YOUR CREATIVE VISION
Even before you seek out a contractor, have a plan. Start to develop a creative vision for your project. Your entire project from planning, design, and budget comes down to your knowing exactly what you want at the beginning of the project. Be prepared to answer questions like the following;
- What is the overall style you are looking to achieve? Choose something you’ll want to live with for years to come. (Traditional, Contemporary, Country, Vintage)
- Will I need an addition or is my current footprint large enough? (Where will you put that soaking tub?)
- Am I looking for the best materials and appliances or will the standard be good enough? (6 burner Wolf cook top with in-wall oven or 4 burners GE Cafe range?)
- Will my home remodel require taking down walls and moving the kitchen or bathroom locations? (Moving mechanical systems will add to the cost.)
- What type of flooring fits your lifestyle and aesthetic? Hardwood, natural stone tile, carpet?)
- Are you seeking a statement home with custom exotic wood kitchen cabinets with a hand rubbed finish or something more conventional?
Make a master file and start clipping photos of spaces that you like regarding design, style, and dÃ©cor. Go through home, design and architecture magazines. You can also do a lot of the work online. Sites like Houzz allow you to create digital “Idea-books” that you can fill with relevant photos from the site.
This pre-planning research can work in your favor when you begin the process of building your team. By giving your designer your master folder, you can develop a commonality of vision and language right from the beginning of your project. By choosing “must have” elements from your files, you can begin to develop your budget. Your designer may have ideas that can meet your aesthetic needs while keeping you within your budget.
WORK WITH A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER
To successfully execute a major home remodel you need a detailed plan and scope of work. Hiring an architect, interior designer, or better yet, a design-build firm is a significant step in the process. Each can play a role in your project.
While every company does things a little differently, many designers work on projects that don’t involve major structural work. They can also offer assistance with materials and colors. Architects may take on a large range of work, or specialize for example only working on floor plans and permits leaving the electrical plans and plumbing to the contractor.
Choosing to work with a full-service design/build firm can mean a single source for your entire project. A design/build firm handles every phase of your project all in-house from the physical design of your space to planning and permitting, creating a realistic budget, construction and even interior design. When you’re considering your project, look at all of the possibilities, including hiring a design/build firm!
SELECTING THE RIGHT TEAM FOR YOUR HOME REMODEL
Hiring the right people can often be the difference between a smooth, minimally disruptive home remodel and a major disruptive project that can turn ugly! When interviewing firms, there are several things to take into consideration before you sign a contract. The process of vetting can take several weeks depending on how many companies you are interviewing. Make sure you are prepared before any meetings. Have a good idea of what you are looking to accomplish, have a general budget in mind and develop a list of relevant questions to ask each prospect.
You will usually start with an in-person meeting. This is your opportunity to understand the services that each firm offers and make sure they understand your aesthetics and creative vision. It is critical that you have a budget in mind and that you can communicate your expectations to the firm you hire. Make sure you feel comfortable with anyone you choose to work with. Having a good rapport in the interview process is a good first step.
Remember, depending on the scope of work, the workers from the company you choose will be in your home for some time. Working with a company that you can communicate with, understands your needs and design style and can keep disruption to your home to a minimum can go a long way towards a successful project!
If live in the Dallas/Forth Worth Metroplex and you’re planning a home remodel, give the professionals at Joseph & Berry a call! We’re here to help you design a home that will meet your needs for years to come.
Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide