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Question DetailsAsked on 1/28/2013

one contractor /general, to remodel a small apt. kitchen, bathroom, floor. demolish one closet, etc.

remodel completely a bath room, kitchen, main room & closet floors and removing a small closet. Can one contractor do it?

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Hi, Dolli ~

Of course one "contractor/general" could do all of this. It's their business. General contractors will take care of hiring any subcontractors the work may require. The general contractor will add a percentage to the work of all the subcontractors, in exchange for managing and coordinating the project. If you have zero experience with remodeling, that's the wisest thing to do, even though it will cost more.


Depending on the size of the space, and the details of what you want to have done, it's possible one very good carpenter could do it, maybe with one helper. If you need to move plumbing hook-ups, you'll need a plumber. And if you're installing special flooring, you probably should hire someone who installs the kind of floor you want. Same for countertops.


Check www.angieslist.com for general contractors, carpenters, plumbers and flooring installers in your area. A good general contractor will probably give you a free estimate, if you can be clear about what it is you would like to have done. Don't expect anyone to read your mind. And take time to think the whole thing through before you start.

Answered 6 years ago by Oleron

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Good response by Oleron - your Search the List category, BTW, is Remodeling - General Contractor.


If the work will involve changing plumbing or electrical or HVAC runs, moving or deleting walls, or otherstructural features like that, you will probably need to start with an Architect to do the plans needed to get the building permit, as well as for bidders to bid on the job and for the general contractor you select to build to.


Also, if you have only a vague idea of what you want, you may need an Architect andmaybe Interior Designer to help you with the layout and design, especially if going higher-end rather than just a general update, because very few General Contractors are competentor even interested in the design of the remodel- just doing it.


Be careful about removing closets - in some areas you are required to have at least one hall closet, and removing a closet in a bedroom genearally declassifies that as a bedroom and makes it a spare room instead - so your 3 bedroom house might all of a sudden be a 2 bedroom when you go to sell it - and generally has to be a built-in closet to count as a bedroom, so don't do something that is going to substantially destroy value for you or make your house harder to sell.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD




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