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Question DetailsAsked on 12/4/2011

I am trying to do some remodeling. Taking out a closet and combining to very small bathrooms into one big one.

Trying to decide if hiring a design/architechtural planner to show me the best way and then hiring a contractor get the job done. This can cost much more and I am unsure whether to pay the cost. This is my home and I have no intentino of selling at this time. So I want it done right. Also is is so hard to find a business to come out to your home for what they must deem a small job. I do not consider 20K small but that is another problem I seem to be having.

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Good day,
I wouild like to start out by saying you don't need an architecht but a designer would be good. Your best bet is a design/build remodeling company as they have your best interest and will keep your bugdet within your scope.
If you have NARI(National Association of Remodeling Industry)
You can find one on the web or call and tell the person answering the phone what you are looking for and they will hook you up.

David Sturm
Attention to Detail Home Remodeling
National Association of the Remodeling Industry


Answered 8 years ago by Davidshammer


The biggest issue you need to have checked is whether the walls being removed are load bearing. An architect or an experienced remodeler can do this for small walls. Larger walls may require an engineer's opinion. If you know what you want find a contractor that offers in-house design services. Give them your $20,000 budget and tell them what you'd like done. If it's doable they should be able to work out a design on paper that will meet your budget, for a fee.

Once you have approved the plan they can then go into the bidding process. I like to keep these separate to both protect myself and the customer. Even people with the best of intentions have life changing events happen that can halt a job. This way i am compensated for design and planning time and then I have a tangible plan to colaborate with plumbers, electricians, etc. to arrive at a more exact estimate for the job given the known information.

Don't forget to keep a little extra money in reserve above the initially contracted amount. All remodels run the risk of unintended discoveries once the walls are opened. I once found a lead drain pipe under a shower in a newer home with a piece of rebar through it way back under the slab. We had to bust a big hole in the slab to make it right for the customer and, of course, he had to share in the unforseeable expense.

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services


Consider an online interior design service or virtual architect that can give you general consultation and creative ideas plus access to trade sources without the full cost of an architect.

These online services can potentially save you more than the cost of the design fee as a result of designer discounts and paying no sales tax in most stated on furniture, fixtures and finished purchase online instead of through a contractors mark-up.

There are fantastic solutions out there for as low as $299 per room.

Here's an example:

Good Luck!


Answered 8 years ago by HMDhome

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