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How to be a great client

How to Be a Great Client (and get what you want out of your project)Did you know that, as a client, you have more control over your remodeling project than you think?  Our best projects are ones where we have a great dynamic with our clients, and are able to really collaborate to achieve amazing results.  Here’s how you can be a great client!There will be plenty of areas of your remodeling project that you, the homeowner, will not be able to control.  A lot of that control is in the hands of the contractor, their vendors, and even the house itself will have opinions.  But the biggest thing you can control is your outlook.Entering into a remodeling project with a feeling of dread is not something we recommend.  While Remodeling...

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Successful remodeling projects start with planning

Successful remodeling projects start with planningWith any home remodeling project, big or small, there should be a significant amount of time spent planning, by both the contractor and the homeowner.  When you are about to embark on a 12 week long full kitchen remodel, some of the decisions to make may seem like far off details, but there is real benefit in planning upfront.Having all or most of your fixtures and finishes selected prior to construction will keep your team moving.  We can properly plan ahead for your mechanical rough-ins (e.g., making sure pipes come out of the wall in the right spot), and have all the information necessary to make installation a breeze. When your contractor is not waiting for decisions to be made, they can fully complete one...

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10 considerations before you meet with a contractor

The process of planning a project and choosing a contractor can be confusing, and even downright frustrating. Here are a few considerations to help you get through that process. Who will be working in your home?  If you will be residing in your home through a large remodeling project, it is important to consider the compatibility of the people who will be in your home on a daily basis.  You should feel confident in the integrity of the company you hire. You should never have to wonder if people are going to show up today. What research have you done to determine how much your project will cost? While there are many resources out there, it is important to keep in mind that these numbers are not always straightforward, and...

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How much design do you need?

We’re a Design + Build remodeling firm and talk about the benefits of design constantly, but how much design work do you really need in order to build the project successfully? How much design work do you need in order to get a meaningful estimate from a contractor?The opposite of design is to “just wing it,” and we’ve found that more often than not, improvised projects turn out poorly. If you don’t know what to expect from a home remodeling project, or your contractor doesn’t clarify what you should expect, how can anyone meet your expectations? Good design is a small upfront investment that can pay for itself many times over throughout the project. There are several different kinds of design to take into account: [no_unordered_list style="circle" number_type="circle_number" animate="yes" font_weight=""]Aesthetic: How...

Pets and remodeling

How do pets like remodeling?

Remodeling (especially in old homes) is an inherently messy process. It’s a lot like moving, or camping out in your own house while work is going on. A big concern among Homeowners is how their pets will cope with unusual noises and daily disruptions that are common during remodeling.Our carpenters are also animal lovers, which is good because most of our clients live with dogs or cats. Every animal reacts differently to the stresses of a changing environment.  Some animals love it, and some hate it.  Here’s what you can do to make the project less scary for them. Tips for helping your animals make it through the project [no_unordered_list style="circle" number_type="circle_number" animate="yes" font_weight=""]Introduce your animals to the people working in your home. We try to staff the same people on...