Although many details are involved in implementing a successful home remodel project, there are three primary phases every homeowner 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.
Phase 1: Work with your builder to figure out the scope of your project.
- Did you read my previous article on 3 Things to do Before Beginning a Home Renovation or Home Remodel Project? If so, you are probably 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 project. Once each detail is outlined, your builder will help allocate their costs to each, and tie it to an approximate timeline for completion.
- Once the scope of work is determined, you can begin to move forward with the project. You will quickly notice that there are many decisions to make along the way. This is where your interior designer will be most helpful and 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 related to your home remodel. This will 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. Every single decision is important! You will make decisions along the way that include, (but are not limited to) the below:
- Color selections
- Hardware choices
- Organic paint options
- Functional design of the layout
- Materials to use for each component in the design
- And much more
- Your interior designer will be your best friend, greatest resource and your biggest advocate for ensuring a quality final result. Designers have the 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. It means you end up with a design that includes practical and functional elements 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. To estimate 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:
- Availability of material selections
- Shipping and receiving time of all components
- Existing workload of your builder
- The overall size and scope of your project
- While larger projects generally take more time to complete than smaller scale projects, an efficient team and solid plan can make all the difference. Working with a professional team will help yield a turnaround time that is realistic, feasible and comfortable for you.