Home remodeling projects come in varying scales, from simple DIY projects to full gut rehabs. If you are still reading so far, you may be realizing that your project is more than a weekend DIY. With bigger projects comes the need for collaboration with professionals. This might include general contractors, architects, interior designers, financial advisors and more. Depending on the scope of your project, you may need one, or all, of the above.
Understanding Team Dynamics
Hiring multiple professionals for a home remodeling project can seem overwhelming. A solution to this is hiring a General Contractor or Design Build Contractor. With their knowledge and expertise, they can manage all other necessary professionals.
While each member of the team plays a crucial role in the process to ensure your home remodel is successful, sometimes, a single member can wear multiple hats. For now, let’s take a quick look at what each brings to the table.
Roles and Responsibilities
General Contractor: General contractors coordinate and manage sub-contractors such as plumbers, electricians, and carpenters. Though they may not be hands on, they absolutely should take care of all the necessary coordination and logistics involved. Communication and transparency are essential in their work.
Architects: Consulting with an Architect, even if not mandatory, can provide invaluable advice for your home remodel project. Architects provide services such as space planning, 3D visualizations, budgeting, and scheduling advice. Additionally, they can assist in securing the permitting necessary for your project. Look for an Architect who has experience with residential remodeling, is familiar with where you live and, one that seeks to listen first.
Interior Designers: Interior designers alleviate decision overwhelm by helping with the vast array of finish selections. If you’ve ever walked into a flooring showroom, and your head starts to spin – you may want to consider including a designer on your project. Interior Designers can vary greatly in their skill set, style, cost, and deliverables. Look for one that matches your personal style and can deliver what you need and expect.
We are all in this together. Part of getting the team right is making sure that all members know what is expected of them. Effective communication among team members is essential. It is the biggest factor contributing to the success of a project.
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Identifying Your Goals
You’re moving, expecting a new family member, planning on retiring or…you just can’t stand looking at those old cabinets anymore. Whatever it may be, it is necessary to understand the deeper reasons as to why. Doing so will provide your project direction and purpose. Before diving into your home remodel project, take the time to write down your goals and motivations. Consider the specific reasons that drive your desire for a remodel. Having clear objectives will keep the project on track and ensure your satisfaction in the end.
Uncovering the Deeper Purpose
Sometimes, the apparent reason for a remodel only scratches the surface of the true purpose. For example, a couple wanting to expand their home, to provide bedrooms for each of their children. The reason can seem obvious at first, but when I asked one of our clients why they needed so many bedrooms, and why they needed to be the same size, I got an interesting response. They were in a Brady Bunch situation, bringing two families together. It was important to them that all family members felt secure and on equal footing. It was not necessarily about having more space; it was about creating a sense of family.
Project Duration and Disruptions
A home remodel project can vary from a few weeks to several months. What may be as simple as a bath remodel will mean that your water will be shut off for at least some of the time. With a kitchen remodel, you may need to consider relying on take-out for a couple of weeks.
It’s important to recognize that many projects will require that you move out completely from your home. Your Architect or Contractor can advise you on what might be best, depending on your project scope.
Advantages of Moving Out
Moving out during a remodel allows your contractor to work longer hours and potentially condense the entire schedule, leading to a faster completion time. If you work from home or have family members with respiratory issues, staying in your home during construction may have additional consequences.
Considerations for Staying In
Staying in your home during a remodel may be a more cost-effective option, as temporary housing can be expensive. However, it’s important to weigh the potential stress and inconvenience caused by the construction process.
Having a trusted architect and contractor on board is crucial for ensuring a realistic construction schedule that is met. Their expertise and professional guidance can help ensure you are in your new home with as little additional stress as possible.
The Value of Happiness in Home Remodeling
Speaking of stress, home remodeling projects have the potential to be very stressful. With a multitude of decisions to make, unpredictable costs and schedules, and unforeseen conditions lurking behind your walls, there is a lot that can go wrong.
So, why go through with the project? Hint: See Identifying Your Goals Above.
Despite these challenges, when we ask most of our clients if budget will be the sole determinant factor, most say that quality plays a role as well.
The truth is most of them are simply looking for excellent value (high quality at a fair price equals excellent value). So, the question is, what is high quality for you? Many people have a rough sense of this, but struggle when asked to quantify it.
You may refer to “resale value” or something of the like. I believe that people will tend to discount those things that are difficult to quantify. Can you put a price on happiness? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that there is no value to the happiness you can have when you are in your newly remodeled home. That is why we often speak with our clients not about the cost of their project, but rather how much they are willing to invest – in their home, in their well-being, in their happiness.
This is the cornerstone of our approach to thoughtful design. We help you set your goals, put the right team together, have realistic expectations and create a thoughtful design so that you can be happy in your new home.
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