Remodeling your fireplace is a great way to create a show-stopping focal point and update your home’s interior! Medford Design-Build is your one-stop-shop for fireplace remodeling!
The Fireplace Design Process
The first step to any remodeling project is an educational on-site consultation. During this consultation, one of our professional designers will meet with you in your home to discuss your ideas, answer your questions, walk you through the process, and explain what is doable based on the structure of your home and your budget.
With over 30 years in the remodeling industry, we consider our team to be experts, so you can be confident that the information and advice provided are honest and accurate, and of course, have your best interest in mind!
Custom Fireplace Design Package
Every fireplace remodel requires a custom design package to be completed prior to construction. The package includes floor plans, 3D renderings, a Scope of Work document, and a Budget Items Worksheet. The purpose of the design package is not only to provide a clear visual of the remodeled space, but also to outline everything that is to be done throughout construction. This documentation ensures everything is discussed and agreed upon– including process, timeline, and pricing — before anyone ever picks up a hammer!
Floor Plans & 3-D Renderings
Our detailed floor plans and 3D renderings will allow you to see the structural changes that will be made to your home, as well as the aesthetic features to be included in the remodeled room. We do this by taking photos and measurements of your existing fireplace and plugging it into our rendering software. Our designers then draw the details of the room (walls, flooring, built-ins, lighting, finishes, etc.) along with the remodeled fireplace, according to the inspiration photos and notes we’ve collected from you.
This visual aid is extremely helpful because it brings to life an idea that you have only imagined. It can either confirm what you want in your remodel or prove that what you had in mind might not work in reality. In either situation, our team of designers is able to assist you with suggestions and ideas to provide the best possible outcome of your project. We can make tweaks and revisions to the designs until you are 100% happy with it!
Scope of Work Document
The comprehensive Scope of Work document details all of the project specifics, such as foundation, framing, masonry work, electrical, paint, drywall, tile, and so on.
Also addressed in this document is the estimated timeframe, insurance, and warranty disclosures, change order processes, the total cost for materials and labor, and a proposed payment schedule. During your review meeting, our designers will go over these details with you in depth, answering any questions you have and ensuring nothing is overlooked.
Budget Items Worksheet
Think of Budget Items as your “shopping list” of fun items you get to pick out. These are items that have a set price, such as stone selection, mantel selection, decorative lighting, etc.
The Budget Items Worksheet allows us to list the price of these items and then add them to the total cost of materials and labor for the project, giving us a final bottom-line cost. If this final number isn’t where we want it to be, the selected budget items are what we are able to remove or swap out in order to control the total cost.
Design Package Review Meeting
The review meeting is scheduled at one of our two DFW offices once all of the documents in your design package are complete. During the meeting, our designer will pull up the plans and renderings on the big screen and walk you through the structural and aesthetic design of your remodeled fireplace. They will then go over the Scope of Work document, Budget Items Worksheet, and our proposal to complete the construction.
After any revisions are made, the designs are yours and you can make your decision to continue with us as your contractor to complete the project or use the designs we’ve provided to get competitive bids from other contractors.
Of course, if you do choose to hire us as your contractor (and we hope you do!), we will also completely manage the project for you from that point. This means we will obtain the required permits from the city, provide you with selection assistance via our interior designer, order and track all of your materials, work with our vetted team of professionals (stone mason, electrician, carpenter, etc.) to have your fireplace remodel installed correctly and on schedule, and ensure that final inspections are done by the city once everything is complete. We also assign a project manager to your project once construction begins. He will be your point of contact throughout the project and follow-up with you at the end of each day to let you know what was completed and what’s next. With us, you will be very much involved and aware of what is happening throughout your remodel, but you will not be responsible for managing any of it on your own!
Making the decision to remodel your fireplace (or any part of your home) is a big deal, and we want to help you feel confident in that decision! If you are interested in remodeling your fireplace or have questions about the process, we would be happy to chat! Give us a call or fill out a contact form to get started today.