Although many details are involved in implementing a successful home remodel project, there are three primary phases every home owner looking to pursue a renovation should be aware of. In this article, we discuss the three phases of a home renovation or remodel project and provide some basic information on each.
3 Phases of a Home Renovation Project
Phase 1: Work with your builder to figure out the scope of your project
Chances are, if you read my previous article on 3 Things to do Before Beginning a Home Renovation or Home Remodel Project, you are already well prepared for this phase. In phase 1, you will spend a lot of time and energy on defining the scope of your project. This is where you will work with your builder or contractor to create a detailed outline of the work to be completed in the renovation project. Once each detail is outlined, your builder will help allocate their costs to each, as well as tie it to an approximate timeline for completion.
Once the scope of work is determined and you begin to move forward with the project, you will notice that there are many decisions you will need to make along the way. This is where your interior designer comes into play and precisely where they will provide the greatest value to you and your family. One thing to remember is that although you may love your builder and the contracting team, they are not professional interior designers! Make sure you consult your designer on every design element and decision required during the design phase of your home remodel to ensure a result you will love for years to come.
Phase 2: Work with your interior designer to make design decisions and select materials
This is the fun part – creating the design! Again, your interior designer will help educate you on the options available for each decision you need to make, and every single decision is important. From color selections to hardware choices, organic paint options, functional design of the layout, which materials to use for each component in the design and so forth, your interior designer will be your best friend, greatest resource and your biggest advocate for ensuring a quality final result. Designers have the keen ability to approach this process with thoughtfulness, and to help you think about things that might otherwise be overlooked. Working with an experienced and qualified interior designer means you end up with a design that is beautiful and comfortable, while also comprising the practical and functional elements required to properly serve the unique needs of you and your family.
Phase 3: Execution
Once you have determined the scope of work with your builder and made all of the material selections with your interior designer, your project is ready to enter the execution phase. This is when the construction and installation begin. In terms of estimating how long it will take to complete the construction of your home renovation project, consult with your builder and designer. Many variables will impact the speed at which your project can be completed, from the availability of material selections, shipping and receiving time of all components, existing workload of your builder and of course, the overall size and scope of the project. While larger projects generally take more time to complete than smaller scale endeavors, an efficient team and solid plan can yield a turnaround time that is realistic, feasible and comfortable for you.