THE DESIGN-BUILD PROCESS
BEFORE contacting a remodeler:
- Look through magazines. Cut out photos of kitchen and bath designs, layouts, fixtures, colors, products -all of the things you like. A pattern will emerge! As the adage goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
- Establish a home remodeling budget range for the project.
- Consider your everyday taste and the financial impact. For instance, do you want granite or laminate?
- How will you fund your remodeling projects?
- Have a time-line in mind. Does the kitchen remodel need to be ready for holiday entertaining? Or, should the project begin once the kids are back to school?
CHOOSING a remodeling contractor:
- The scope of the project will help you determine who to contact for your remodeling project:
- A Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer or Remodeler has received education in the proper design, layout and function of kitchens and baths.
- An architect will design a remodeling project to be put out to bid by remodelers or builders. Creating the architect/remodeler partnership early in design enables the architect to design to a budget.
- A design/build remodeler designs the project with the budget in mind.
- When choosing a remodeling contractor:
- Validate credentials including licensing and insurance.
- Verify their references.
- View their work: photo gallery or tour a home.
- Be cautious. Qualified and professional home remodelers cannot afford to work for free. Maintaining credentials, insurance and licensing is expensive. A design should carry a cost.
- Hiring an interior designer can be very beneficial to the design and selection process. They add value to the project by considering lifestyle, organization, space and furniture planning as well as color and material selections.
BEGINNING the project:
- Communicate special considerations and/or instructions:
- Morning start time; Evening end time
- Pet precautions
- Neighbor nuances
- Overall safety for you and your family
- Share the time-line; set the expectation
- Understand the procedure for change orders; remember that changes to the project result in delays and ultimately increased costs.
- One way to avoid costly changes is to have selections completed before construction begins.
- Discuss alternative spaces including the functionality of a kitchen or bath during construction.
- Request from your remodeler:
- A detailed list of trade partners working on your project
- Obtain proof of insurance.
Note: consider having a home energy audit before design begins so that you can implement energy conservation measures throughout the project.
DURING the project:
- Keep lines of communication open.
- Be familiar with the deadlines.
- Take photos throughout the process.
- Start thinking about how you will use your new space!
UPON COMPLETION of the project:
- Walk through the project; evaluate the end product.
- Work with your remodeler on a time-line for completing any final adjustments.
- Be sure to receive a Home Owner’s Manual detailing the care and cleaning and warranty information of the products used in the project
- Celebrate and enjoy your new space!