Start At The Beginning. That means writing down how your home does not meet your current needs. Do not concern yourself with the physical design. That will come later. Just write down the problems you are trying to solve. Things like:
The bathrooms are outdated and need to be upgraded
We are tired of going to the unfinished basement and use it as storage only
We entertain more than we used to and the house gets cramped at parties
We want a bigger, more functional kitchen with an eating area
It is the solution to these problems that will insure that you will be happy with your project. Professionals can help with the actual design once you have stated your needs.
Put Together A Budget
This may be the least fun but the most important part of the process. Everyone is different in how they go about doing this. 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.
Find A Contractor Who Can Do More Than Build
Even the smallest remodeling project is complex and involves a great many people county inspectors, tradesmen, craftsmen, and vendors; not to mention a bewildering array of materials, colors, and textures. Putting this all together 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 A&A Design Build Remodeling, Inc. we pride ourselves on putting together a team of good craftsmen and good managers to insure that your job will be done the way you want it on time, within your budget, and with quality throughout.
Take Time To Answer All The Questions Up Front
Once preliminary plans and budgets have been established there is often a tendency by all involved to rush into the remodeling phase. This can actually slow the process down. Take the time to specify and get firm delivery dates on all items BEFORE you begin remodeling wherever possible. That way you will find out in advance if there is a long lead time on a particular item and a substitute can be used in the design. At A&A Design Build Remodeling, Inc. we take the time to plan and prepare so that the actual work can be done quickly.
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 design the project to reflect your vision, who can manage the project and do quality work, take time up front to plan, and the rest will follow.