10 Expert Home Renovation Tips
1. KNOW YOUR BUDGET AND SHARE IT WITH YOUR DESIGN TEAM
It is critical that the professionals you hire are aware of your budget before design begins. There is nothing more frustrating than spending lots of time and money on a design, only to discover that the plans you love can’t be built for your budget, or you simply can’t justify paying so much based on the value of your home. At TR Building & Remodeling, we discuss budget from the first meeting to be.
2. Evaluate the professionals you hire
Make sure that the firm you’ve selected to design your project has a proven track record of predicting construction costs accurately. TR Building & Remodeling has more than 14 years of experience estimating and tracking costs for large renovation and new construction projects.
3. Update the budget at each phase of the design
Home renovation plans go through many iterations, so it is imperative to update the budget after each phase of design to maintain a realistic view of the projected costs. If your professional isn’t mindful of costs throughout the design process, the scope of your project can easily creep up, quickly exceeding your established budget. We make a point of reviewing the budget with our clients every step of the way.
4. Lead from your heart rather than your head
Start the design phase by sharing your vision for your home—how you hope to use your new space, as well as any frustrations you have with the current design. Don’t leave anything out, just because it does not seem possible or practical. The skilled team at TR Building & Remodeling will consider your needs and desires and then offer creative, yet realistic, solutions that may not have been apparent to the untrained eye.
5. Decide on the details when you view the plans
When design details are left ambiguous, change orders are much more likely to arise during construction. Insist that your design team designate specifics—such as trim profiles, door styles and cabinet designs—rather than leaving questions for the contractor to fill in. At TR Building & Remodeling, we make sure that every detail is fully understood during the design phase, avoiding costly changes later on.
6. Finalize your selections before construction stars
Choosing materials and fixtures—like appliances, cabinetry, hardware and tile—during the design process ensures a better design solution with more predictable costs and a more streamlined schedule. We work closely with our clients to make sure that all selections are finalized and ordered at the start of the job, eliminating potential delays and keeping the project on time.
7. Invest in the design process
It is easy to underestimate the value of detailed drawings and to see them as an expense you might try to avoid. However, the tighter your budget, the more critical it is to have a well-documented set of drawings. A detailed set of drawings pays for itself by helping you avoid costly change orders, scheduling delays and hours of frustration.
8. Find out who manages the day to day details
To stay on schedule and within budget, a well-run construction project requires a tremendous amount of oversight. Having a dedicated field supervisor is critical to the overall success of your project. When you partner with TR Building & Remodeling, a dedicated field supervisor will run your project from start to finish. Your field supervisor is focused on managing every aspect of your project, which makes a substantial difference in its overall success and your level of enjoyment.
9. Invest in a written schedule
To finish a large project on time, it is critical to partner with a firm that understands the value of running a project with a written schedule. A well-managed schedule should be updated on a weekly basis. TR Building & Remodeling maintains an active construction schedule for every project which includes a three-week look ahead. This ensures that the entire team is kept abreast of the critical dates and milestones of the project which results in a more predictable outcome for all.
10. Consider using a build firm
A design build firm takes care of every stage of your project—from the earliest design sketches all the way through to the final construction details. As a homeowner, you’ll never have to serve as the intermediary between your design team and your contractor. When you work with TR Building & Remodeling, we are accountable for every aspect of your project from design through completion of construction, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable outcome.