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Question DetailsAsked on 10/9/2011

what is the proper order to plan a remodel

we are preparing for a remodel and would like to know the basic steps from imagination to final product. When to get estimates, bids etc...

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The first step is to make a list of reasons for the remodel.

After you have completed that list, put them in order: must haves (a tree fell on that room) to wants (It would be nice to have a jaccuzzi).

Next figure out your basic timeline. Many people want to start immediately, not realizing that it will make months to get permits and a contractor hired. Can you live in your house while the work is done, or will it be a full building remodel? When is the best time of year for this work, etc.

If you have samples of things you like; pictures, magazine articles, sample colors, samples of fixtures and appliances, etc. This will make it easier to plan and budget for what you want.

Somewhere in the proccesses above, interview and hire a licensed Architect. You can find one at the website below; scroll to the bottom and pick Architect Finder, then put in your zip code. If you are in the northern east coast area, check out

An Architect will help you take your ideas and existing building and show you options that will improve the use of the building and the re-sell value. They can show you how options can increase or decrease your budget costs, and can help you schedule the work. They will also help you find and contract with a builder, and can oversee the work to ensure you are getting the quality agreed to. Architects also ensure proper permits have been pulled and that invoices and bills are appropriate as the contractor submits them. For less than 10% of the construction costs, you will have a custom remodeled home with peace of mind that you don't have to know the processes, proper order or timing required to remodel your building.

Good luck!


Answered 8 years ago by Kenny Johnson


What steps do I need to take for a successful project?

1. Start With Your Needs:

That means writing down how your home does not meet your current needs.Don’t concern yourself with the physical design. That will come later. Justwrite down the problems you are trying to solve. Things such as:

    I want a bigger kitchen with an eating area for the whole family. I want to update my 1980′s bathroom and add more light.

It is the solution to these problems that will ensure that you will behappy with your project. Professionals can help with the actual design once youhave stated your needs.

2. Put Together a Budget:

This may be the least fun but the most important part of the process. Determinehow much you plan to spend. This will give the remodeler a starting point toprovide a more accurate estimate. Choosematerial choices in your price range.

3. Take the Time to Answer All the Questions Up Front:

We have a multistep process to take you through the planning phrase andprovide you with a detailed timeline and exact price before we start. AtAttention to Detail, we take the time to plan and prepare your design,selections and plans up front, so that the actual work phase can be donequickly. We also stay in communication with you throughout the entire process.

4. How Do I Keep From Having Costly Surprises While Remodeling?

Even the smallest remodelingproject is complex and involves a great many people – city and county inspectors and officials, tradesmen,craftsmen, vendors of all types, not to mention a bewildering array ofmaterials, colors, and textures. Putting all of this together in a timelymanner takes skill and management. Let your design/build firm take care of thedifficult aspects. You will just need to pick your colors & selectionswhile shopping with your designer. We have Certified Designers and CertifiedKitchen and Bath Remodelers on staff so expertise and solid management arecertain.


Answered 8 years ago by Davidshammer


Some suggestions for your consideration...

Conduct Inspiration & Research: Start by perusing examples from sites like DesignShuffle or Pinterest (check this out). You can even begin to play with moving walls and layouts using a free online tool like Home Developing an idea of what you want and having examples to show others is GREAT first start.

Budget & Financing: Know how much you want to spend and where the $ are coming from. If you plan to take out a home equity loan, for example, its important to get the ball rolling and know when you'll have access to the cash.

Designer / Architect Direction: Strongly recommend you get some input from a qualified designer or architect before getting quotes from contractors. There are online options avaiable for as low as $299 per room. By refining your ideas with an experienced professional you will be able to quote out the project much more specifically and get apples to apples price comparisons. These professionals may also have recommendations for experienced and reliable contractors.

Getting Quotes: Determine your hiring criteria (price, quality of work, references, personality, experience with similar projects, etc.)

When evaluating contractors for your project we stronglyrecommend requiring them to provide separate and specific line item pricingfor: labor items (suchas demolition, plumbing, framing, flooring installation, painting, etc.) and finish materialquotes (for things like flooring, tile, plumbing fixtures, lighting, doors, etc)

By breaking contractor quote's down into individual laborand finish materials you will be able to compare apples-to-apples pricing frommultiple contractors. For example, ifcontractor #1 quotes a job assuming white 6x6 porcelain tile (cheap) andcontractor #2 quotes based upon an imported hand painted white 6x6 tile(expensive) you'd likely not know the difference except contractor #1 may seema lot less expensive.

Award to Contractor: Based upon your hiring criteria choose your contractor and inform the others why they didnt get the job in a simple but courteous letter. Of course you will research licensing, consumer reviews and sign a contract with a very clear and detailed scope of work. Expect to make an initial deposit of 30%, a progress payment and final payment upon completion. This can vary by state or project.

Choose Your Finish Specifications: Going about your bid the right way give you the assurance that you can choose thefinish materials you prefer at the best possible prices and without having to pay any contractor mark-up. You can buy flooring, tile, lighting, fixtures from the contractor, a retail store or any source you find the pricing and quality that is best for you. Taking control of this purchasing power means you can use online sources where you'll pay no sales tax in most states.

Build: The fun part! Try not to live in your home during the remodel if at all possible.

Best of success to you!

Amanda Zettel


Answered 8 years ago by HMDhome

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