It is essential to keep the following five tips in mind while planning and executing your project. Doing so will make the experience easier and more enjoyable.
1. START AT THE BEGINNING
This means writing down how your home does not meet your current needs. Don't concern yourself with the physical design. That will come later. Just write down the problems you are trying to solve. Things like:
We entertain more than we used to and the house gets cramped at parties.
We're tired of going to the basement to do the laundry.
We want a bigger kitchen with an eating area.
It is the solution to these problems that will insure you will be happy with your project. Professionals can help with the actual design once you have stated your needs.
2. PUT TOGETHER A BUDGET
This may be the least fun but the most important part of the process. Everyone treats this step differently. But one suggestion is to find out what the better homes in your neighborhood are selling for. The difference between the current selling price for these homes and the price you paid for your house is a good indicator of how much you could prudently spend on the project and get your money back if you had to move within the next few years. This becomes less important if you plan to stay where you are for more than three or four years.
3. FIND A CONTRACTOR WHO CAN DO MORE THAN BUILD
Even the smallest remodeling project is complex and involves a great deal of people - city and county inspectors and officials, designers, tradesman, craftsman, and vendors of all types. Not to mention a bewildering array of materials, colors, and textures. Putting this altogether in a timely manner takes skill and management.
Horror stories abound about contractors who took forever to finish a project because they were "good craftsmen" but "terrible managers." The choice does not have to be between the two. At Schorr Construction, Inc. we pride ourselves on putting together the finest team of craftsmen and managers to insure that your job will be done the way you want it - on time, within your budget, and with quality throughout.
4. TAKE THE TIME TO ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS UP FRONT
Once preliminary plans and budgets have been established there is often a tendency by all involved to rush into the construction phase. This can actually slow the process down. Take the time to specify and get firm delivery dates on all items before you begin construction wherever possible. That way you'll find out in advance if there is a long lead time on a particular item and a substitute can be incorporated into the design. At Schorr Construction, Inc. we take the time to plan, prepare, and communicate so that the actual work can be done efficiently.
5. HAVE FUN WITH THE PROCESS
The whole idea is to improve your living space and lifestyle. The way you go about it makes all the difference in the world. Know what you want, decide on a workable budget then stick to it, find a contractor who can manage the project and do quality work, take time up front to plan - and the rest will follow!