What To Expect When You’re Expecting…The Remodeling Edition

What You Should Know First…

Congratulations, you’ve decided to remodel your home! You’re on your way…you’ve made your first major decision in the process. Remodeling your home has many phases to it, and can be stressful and complicated at times. In order to get through your major project successfully, you’ll need to understand each phase of the process and how it works. The preparation process, or Phase I is where you should begin.


Idea In order to begin the process, you need a vision of what you want your new room, kitchen, basement, bathroom, deck, etc. to be. This will have to be communicated to the contractor and architect.

Find a Design-Build Company/Architect Once you have your idea of what you’re looking to do in your home, you can then begin to look for a DB Company, contractor, or architect. Generally there are two ways to go with the construction: Design-Build (DB) or traditional construction. The DB model is more modern, where the architectural and construction aspects are both completed through one point of contact, with one contract, thus creating extremely efficient results. The traditional construction method utilizes a separate contractor and architecture firm. With the traditional method, each entity does its own work and you are the point of contact.

Project DesignAfter you have chosen which type of company is right for you, you will need to meet with both the contractor and architect to discuss your ideas and vision for the project. You will all need to discuss whether the job is feasible, how it can be done, what each will be doing, what can be done differently, etc…this is called idea generation. It may take a few meetings to get the design complete, depending on how complicated the project will be.

Design Agreement(budget requirements.) This is where the initial costs for budgeting purposes are discussed for the project. Your point of contact, or architect and contractor will meet with you to discuss your budget, and then based on that and the project design, will calculate a preliminary cost for the project.

Scope of WorkAfter discussing the design and preliminary cost, the contractor and architect will come up with a scope of work (detailed description of work) or agenda of the work to be completed for the project. Once the scope of work is completed and agreed upon, a Final Proposal will be presented to you.

Final Proposal (Fixed Bid)This is the final step where you will be presented with a proposal and final cost for the project. Once you look it over, you can either agree to the terms, or go back to the design and reconsider some ideas.

The work from Phase I will pave the way for Phase II, so make sure you have all of the steps completed. Without Phase I, none of the other work can begin. Remember, a lot of time and effort from everyone goes into the remodeling process. Keeping the doors of communication open at all times will help maintain clear expectations, and will create a better experience for you.

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