Maybe you’ve purchased a home that you really like, but the interior design or layout just isn’t your style. Have all the kids moved out, and you’ve found yourself in an empty nest, and you’d like to renovate your home to suit your new lifestyle? Or maybe you’ve inherited a home that’s in a great location, except it isn’t exactly up-to-date. Times like this call for a whole house remodeling project, and that can certainly be overwhelming.
From the start, you’ll need to understand that remodeling a whole house is going to take time (quite a bit!). You may think that everything can be accomplished in a week, or even in a month. Whole-house remodels essentially require gutting your home and renovating every single room, and because of that, there are many different professionals involved.
Before you do anything, you’ll want to sit down with a good full service residential contractor. Preferably on that specializes in Design-Build. This person (or group of people) is going to become your best friend over the course of your remodeling project, because they’ll work with you every step of the way to ensure that all your needs are being met. A Design-Build Contractor can help you with all aspects of your whole-house remodeling process, from establishing a budget, preparing design/drawings, working with codes officials, to managing subcontractors, locating and ordering supplies, including maintaining project deadlines.
When you take on a whole house remodel, there are many aspects to consider. If your home was built before 1978, then you could have some lead concerns. Older homes often used materials that today are considered unsafe, such as lead paint and asbestos, your contractor will help you understand what needs to be done to keep you, your family and workers safe.
Additionally, since a whole-house remodeling project has so many levels, your contractor will help you understand and work with the sub-trades throughout all phases of the project. You will most likely be dealing with the lead carpenter, plumbers, heating & A/C, electricians, flooring installers, painters and interior designers, not to mention showroom associates and suppliers. Remodeling a whole house is an investment, and you’ll want someone who can help you make the most of your budget and help you create a dream home that you’ll enjoy for many years to come.
Something else to consider is whether or not your house will be “live-able” during all or part of the whole house remodeling project. Living in the home during a major remodel like this is very difficult and can add a lot of unwanted stress. Sometimes people consider staying with relatives or finding a short-term rental while their home is in the process of remodeling. Keep in mind that at various stages, you will be without a kitchen and/or bathroom facilities; you will definitely want to think about this.
If you are currently considering a whole-house remodeling project, we can help you understand the basics and prepare you for it. The professionals at Houseworks Unlimited will walk you through it. We have the people and professional trade relationships to remodel your home so that it reflects you, your lifestyle and your personality. Contact us today, and we’ll be more than happy to help you.