So you didn’t win the Megamillions Jackpot? Neither did we. But you can still create the home of your dreams with a bit of planning. Want to renovate your kitchen? Remodel to make a cozy place to watch the next season of The Voice? Build a garage to avoid the winter hassle of scraping snow and ice off your windshield? It’s all within reach – as long as you do your homework and devise a plan.
The first step in your planning is to answer some basic questions.
1) How long do we plan to stay in our home? Do we love our neighborhood? If you’re planning to stay in your home for several more years and love your neighborhood, then renovating probably makes sense for you financially and emotionally.
2) Who is going to use the space and how will it be used? What is the problem we’re trying to solve? The way Feinmann approaches remodeling projects is to solve the design dilemma in a way that transforms the way you live in your home. Remember that needs change throughout the lifecycle of your family. Open spaces work well when children are young because parents and caregivers can keep an eye on them. As they become teens, everyone wants privacy. In a recent blog post, we talked about how to make spaces flexible with sliding doors. As our population ages, there is a growing awareness of universal design and aging-in-place issues. Tammy Russo is our on-staff aging-in-place expert.
3) Do I have the resources to renovate? Of course, this is a highly personal issue. But anyone contemplating remodeling should be thinking about a budget and realize that if the scope of the project changes at all along the way, the cost will reflect that. So we suggest that our clients reserve 10% of their budget for change orders and additional work. Remodeling is like dominoes – once you start in one place, you often want to keep going to make the rest of your home look and feel as good.
4) Who should do the work? Because we’re a design/build firm, we believe strongly in the benefits of the design/build model for renovation projects. Although you can hire a separate architect and builder, there are inherent potential conflicts in that model. With design/build, because the architect and builder are part of the same team, the benefits include better control of the project budget and timing, a collaborative approach, and most important of all, an active and interactive planning component. If a problem arises, the team comes together, works to solve it and presents a unified voice to the client. That’s why our tag line says “One team, one company, ONE Voice.”
5) What can I expect during the renovation process? Am I ready to deal with the decisions and potential disruption? Any remodeler worth his salt will be your partner along the way, advising you and helping you cope with the renovation process. Yes, you have to be ready to make a myriad of decisions and realize that there will be people in and out of your home for a period of time. Choose wisely. We are proud to say that in more than 25 years of remodeling homes, we have forged a sterling reputation for being trustworthy and efficient. In fact, many of our testimonials from clients praise staff members for going above and beyond for them.
You might also consider attending a workshop about the renovation process as part of your research and planning. We are offering a series of complimentary workshops beginning in March 2014. Our first workshop – Introduction to Home Remodeling – is on Saturday, March 1st from 9:30-11 a.m. in our Lexington showroom. Registration is required. Registration form below.
If 2014 is the year for your dream kitchen, home addition or renovation, consider the design/build team here at Feinmann. And don’t worry if you didn’t win the lottery. This time.