Don’t be scared to ask questions and educate yourself. Get at least 3 quotes. Keep in mind, that the cheapest doesn’t always mean the best. Ask questions to your contractors. Go to your hardware store and ask questions. Phone your permit office and find out if the proper permits for your project are being pulled. Find out if they are working on multiple sites do they have time for yours will they be watching there sub trades. Do your research and go with your instinct.
Decide on the size and design of your project. This step is often done through an architect but may be done through a contractor as well.
Choose your contractor and pull all permits.
Break ground this is where the build begins first with your foundation and then after that the rough framing begins.
Install all the rough in plumbing electrical heating and cooling is installed at this stage.
Insulation and poly is installed. Once complete The Drywall or other finishing touches can be installed the exterior should be started at this stage as well to keep all elements from getting into your walls.
Painting can begin also finishing touches interior doors can be installed kitchen cabinets can be installed.
At this stage the finish flooring can be installed. Counter tops installed and any exterior finishes competed.
Baseboards can be installed after the floor is finished any painting left can be finished up at this stage any uncomplete projects should be finished up.
All the mirrors should be hung on the wall towel bars onto the walls. Vent covers installed. Plumbing and lighting fixtures installed.
The owner takes possession of their dream home.
We invite every customer to be involved in the process as much as they can be. We are more than willing to walk you through each step as well on the jobsite. Your happiness is our top priority and no better way to make sure you are happy then being involved.
Can I make changes during the build?
Yes you can make as many changes as you want we customize to you. But in doing so may add extra cost, and extend timeline it is better to take the time to finalize everything before work begins.
How do you budget your project?
Depends on the project and the client. Some projects we quote a flat rate at the beginning so you know in advance what the cost will be at the end. Some Projects are a cost-plus approach that includes every expense and clearly states our mark up on each expense. The last method we may use is an hourly rate on your project. Whatever approach we may take we will walk you through it and let you know how you are being billed leaving no surprises at the end.
Do I need an architect for my project?
It is not always necessary but remember that either you or I is an architect or a designer. To make things run smother it is often easier and better to leave the design of your home up to the professionals. You are always welcome to be involved and have your input during the design process as well as the build.
Can I project manage the build myself and hire all the trades?
You can but unless you have a construction background it may be hard to line up the proper trades at the proper times. Resulting in extra expenses and longer timeline.
Advice for the Homeowner:
Don’t cut costs on the things behind the wall just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t important.
Take your time get educated plan your project. You want your project to go as smooth as possible trying to keep the timeline and budget to a minimal.
Don’t wait for problems to happen on your older home. Change your furnace filter regularly. Keep your caulking around your windows and plumbing mold and crack free. If your roof looks older get it inspected. Keeping up on regular maintenance on your current home could save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
Don’t always go with the cheapest quote. When receiving multiple quotes ask the contractor what got them to their price. What are you doing that may be different than the other contractor. Sometimes cheap prices mean lower quality and cut corners.