Top 5 Tips Homeowners Need
(when taking on a home renovation project)
As an Architectural Design Firm, we work with many homeowners who have done renovation projects in the past and were not happy with the results.
These are the top 5 items that homeowners need to know when taking on a new project:
- Need for an Architect
- Quality Contractors
Time: Without having been through a construction project in the past, clients have unrealistic expectations as to how long a project takes from design to permitting to construction. When the time issue is not addressed up front, conflicts ensue that could have been avoided with a clearly laid out timeline.
Cost: Watching renovation shows on TV is great for ideas, but terrible for understanding the true costs involved. Find out up front rough costs for the entire project including design, landscaping and construction. Balancing this with your budget will give you peace of mind.
Need for an Architect: Although you may have an idea of what you want, an Architect will give you ideas and possibilities of what can be done and the constraints of what cannot be done. Simply put, Architects are problem solvers that look at the issue and come up with the best solution that meets your needs.
Quality Contractors: A quality contractor is professional, on time, returns calls, is a good communicator, and has built projects similar to yours in the past. Check their references, look at their work and choose someone you feel will do the best job. Always remember, you get what you pay for.
Surprises and Delays: All construction projects have issues come up that were unexpected and may add to the cost or time frame. If you expect that this will occur along the way, then it wont cause you stress when you get that phone call. As with all problems, expect it, understand the issue, discuss the solutions, make a decision and move on.
Knowing and Conquering these Top 5 Items will help you to enjoy this exciting process!!
We are excited to announce that we are in the final publishing stages of our book and are highly anticipating its release in the very near future!!!
Architecture to Construction (and everything in between) is a step by step book containing a wealth of information to guide homeowners in the Architecture to Construction process. As an Architectural Design firm, we know the ins and outs of the Design and Construction process and relay those to you. With this book, you can be proactive and ready to take on your next home project, knowing you have the information needed right at your fingertips.
With Paul’s background in both Architecture and Construction, and his relationships with builders and designers, he was able to write this comprehensive and valuable book to help homeowners like yourself!
Stay tuned for the official release date and he sure to grab your own copy of Architecture to Construction (and everything in between).