5 Preliminary Steps for a Successful Home Remodel

 
 

 
 
Remodeling your home is a big undertaking – from deciding what you really want in your renovation, to hiring the right contractor, to managing your budget – it can quickly become overwhelming! It’s a big decision and should be treated as such. At Medford Design-Build, we understand your desire to feel confident in that decision, and we want to help you get there.
 
 
Our goal is not to ‘wow’ our clients with pretty pictures or unrealistic estimates, but rather, to arm them with the knowledge and facts they need to make the best decisions for their remodel. With an emphasis on client education and involvement, we have simplified the otherwise intimidating process of remodeling your home.
 
 
In order to have a successful remodel, there are some things that should be done on the homeowner’s end before the remodeling begins. This will make the entire process much easier on you and set you up for a smooth and successful experience. If you are planning a major remodel, here are 5 preliminary steps we strongly recommend:
 
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Home Repairs & Modification: Do I Need a Handyman or a Contractor?

 
 


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Any homeowner knows that maintaining a house requires a lot of work. It can feel overwhelming when you consider everything that needs to be regulated, from the up-keep of electrical and plumbing lines to managing the foundation, the heating system and the AC, the landscaping and exterior of the home, and so much more. In most cases, a licensed contractor (such as a plumber or electrician) can take care of these types of home repairs and maintenance issues. However, aside from keeping all of the mechanics of the house in proper and safe working order, most homes built even as recently as 10 years ago need some level of remodeling. This could be for functional or aesthetic purposes, and often times, both. Perhaps your kitchen cabinets need a fresh stain, or maybe you’d like the old bathtub in your master bathroom to be removed to make room for a walk-in shower. These projects might seem minor in comparison to a large-scale remodel, and leave you asking the question — does this project require a contractor or a handyman? It’s important to know the difference between the two before you hire.
 
 
Here are some tips to help you determine whether a handyman or a contractor will be the best choice for your specific project:
 
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Why it Makes Sense to Purchase Designs for Your Home Remodel Before Getting Bids

Just about every online guide you can find on “tips for remodeling your home” will tell you it’s important to get multiple bids for your project before hiring just any contractor. As it is with any big investment, you should carefully consider your options, have a clear understanding of the process, and establish confidence and a comfortable relationship with the individual or company you intend to hire. This is especially true in the remodeling industry, as projects tend to be very costly and can last for several months. It’s critical that you find a reliable, experienced contractor that you get along with. Of course, the main purpose of meeting multiple contractors and getting multiple bids isn’t only to determine if you can trust them, but also to compare pricing. Read more

Your Home’s Exterior Siding: When to Replace & How to Maintain

 
 


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Replacing your home’s siding probably isn’t the first of your priorities; unless there’s an urgent problem, most people don’t think about it too often. However, replacing worn-out, cracked, or leaking siding is very important in the prevention of more serious (and expensive!) future home repairs. If you haven’t checked your home’s exterior siding in a while, now is a good time!
 
 
Here are 7 warning signs it might be time to replace your siding:
 
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An Open-Concept Kitchen Gets a Fresh Look & Improved Functionality

Looking back at original floor plans and layouts of our clients’ homes often makes us scratch our heads and think, “why would anyone design it that way in the first place?” Unfortunately, “cookie cutter” homes are not always designed in a way that optimizes usable space. Kitchens, in particular, are typically set up in a way that creates unwanted traffic and congestion in the work areas, isolates the cook from the neighboring rooms, and lacks the necessary features for optimal organization and efficiency. These are the most common complaints we get from our clients looking to renovate, and were definitely the case with our most recent kitchen remodel! Read more

Have You Seen Our Recent Kitchen Transformation? Our June 2017 Newsletter


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Hello, June! Can you believe this year is already halfway over?
It has been a busy 6 months for us at Medford Remodeling! We are so excited to continue sharing our recent project blogs with you each month through this newsletter and on our Facebook page.

This month, we’re featuring a gorgeous kitchen remodel we completed in Burleson, Texas. What a transformation! It’s always fun to look back at the project’s “before” photos, see the visual plans and renderings come together, and then compare the final, completed renovation to the before shots. It never fails to provide us with a sense of pride and satisfaction to see the weeks of hard work put in by our team showcased in the end results. Read more

Hiring the Right Contractor: 10 Interview Questions to Ask

 
 


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Choosing to remodel your home is a big decision, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. There is a lot involved – a lot of time, a lot of decisions, and of course, a lot of money! It’s critical that you hire the right remodeler to meet your needs and get the job done correctly. If you take this step for granted and hire the first contractor you meet (or the one the offers you the lowest price), you might be regretting it later on and have to live with the results for years to come. Before you commit completely, you should ask each contractor these important questions: Read more

Announcing The First Annual TRWD Trinity Spring Trash Bash!

For the last 23 years, Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) has hosted an annual Fall “Trash Bash” to help clean up trash and debris that accumulates along the Trinity River throughout Fort Worth. During this great community event, families, friends and organizational groups volunteer to clean up the river banks in 8 Different locations.

Back in 2013, I participated in the fall Trash Bash, along with our Marketing Coordinator at the time, Elizabeth. Several hundred volunteers came out to help, making the work go by quickly. It’s amazing how much trash there was, and how much better the river looked once it was cleaned up! Read more

Have You Started Making Summer Plans? Our April 2015 Newsletter

 

Can you believe it’s already April?! While Spring got off to a late start with all the winter weather we dealt with in the last few months, it’s definitely starting to warm up in North Texas! Along with the colorful blooms, pleasant weather and new beginnings that come with the season, spring also presents a time of preparation for the upcoming summer months. When it comes to home remodeling, many of our clients prefer to start planning their projects during the spring, allowing plenty of time for each phase of the pre-construction process to be thoroughly completed before the building starts. Doing so provides a solid foundation and positive starting point for the project as a whole, and also assures our clients with confidence that the job will go according to plan. Read more

Remodeling Vs. Moving: What Makes More Sense?

Choosing between remodeling your current home or moving into a new home can be a difficult decision, as are most decisions that involve large amounts of money. Unfortunately, this is a decision a typical family might have to face more than once.

The first time is when babies are born — most Americans buy a small starter home, which quickly feels too crowded once a child arrives.

This problem occurs again when the kids become teenagers and need their own space; sharing bedrooms becomes an invasion of privacy. Read more