There are many reasons homeowners choose to remodel, from updating aesthetics, to improving functionality, to increasing resale value. Another common request we receive is for assistance in making accommodations for elderly parents. This can either involve our clients remodeling their own home to allow for parents to move in or remodeling their parent’s home to prepare for aging-in-place. Either situation can be difficult, as making provisions for elderly parents can be stressful and emotional. Our goal in assisting with age-in-place remodeling is to simplify the process for both the clients and their parents to make for the best experience possible!
If there is one common complaint we’ve heard from homeowners throughout the years, it is that they struggled to find a contractor or handyman that would follow-up after their initial conversation. Unfortunately, homeowners are often forced to deal with the frustration of waiting for an estimate that never comes. If you’ve ever experienced a disappearing contractor or non-responsive handyman service, you know how infuriating it is to be seemingly forgotten about when you’re trying to get a project done.
The problem: your home is dated, dysfunctional, or doesn’t meet the needs of your lifestyle. The solution: remodel it for improved aesthetic and functionality. Sounds easy enough, right? The key is choosing the best option for getting it done. The way that you approach your home remodel can either make or break the success of the project, so it’s worth it to sit down and consider each of the options before moving forward.
What, then, are the best approaches? There are many, but here are some of the most common ways to get your home project completed:
The first and most important question you should answer before starting any type of home remodel is how much it will realistically cost. Typically, there isn’t a straight-forward answer to that question without scheduling an on-site consultation and paying for a detailed estimate and design. Because no two projects and no two homeowners are the same, the total cost of your project will depend on multiple variables. This means that even if your neighbor a few houses down has the exact same floor plan as you, built in the same year, your total cost could come in more or less than theirs simply based on your unique scope of work. You also must consider the level of remodeling you intend to do – whether it is a full-gut project that involves moving walls and rearranging the original footprint, or if you just want to update the space you have with new paint, tile, counters, etc. The types of materials, finishes, hardware, and appliances you choose also impacts the final price. For example, two homeowners with the same kitchen layout will have different totals if one chooses standard elements, such as a basic undermount sink and chrome faucet, and the other chooses high-end elements, such as a farmhouse-style sink with a brushed gold faucet. Of course, everyone wants the more expensive options often featured on HGTV renovation shows. Unfortunately, these shows tend to create unrealistic expectations regarding the actual costs, timelines, and processes involved in home remodeling.
We recently had a client contact us about having his kitchen remodeled. Upon discussing our process of completion from designs to construction, he asked a common question we hear from almost all of our clients: “how long will the entire remodel take to complete?”
This is a great question! Everyone wants to know exactly how long it will be until they are able to enjoy their new kitchen, bathroom, or other remodeled space. Unfortunately, there is not a “canned answer” we can offer to everyone because we don’t always know exactly how long certain steps of the process will take. For example, obtaining the required permits could take several weeks depending on the city and the project, which could push back the start date significantly. This definitely isn’t common (in most cases, we receive the permit within 10 business days), but it is a possibility, and we’re sure to educate our clients on the process and timeline prior beginning the work.
We recently shared a post on 3 options for getting rid of popcorn ceilings. There are a few different ways to approach it, including hiring a professional (like Mike’s Guys) or installing beadboard sheets over the popcorn for a cleaner look. Of course, if you have settled on the idea of tackling the project on your own, we thought it would be helpful to have a step-by-step guide explaining how to scrape and refinish your ceilings.
Before You Start…
As mentioned in our initial post, before you start scraping away, it’s important to test your ceiling for asbestos. Homes built prior to 1980 potentially contain this dangerous substance in the ceiling, which could be a hazard to your health if inhaled. You can easily scrape off a section and send the sample by mail to an asbestos testing lab for a small fee. If asbestos is present, it will be necessary to hire a company that specializes in removing materials containing the substance rather than trying to do it yourself!
We absolutely love to have the same clients come back to us time and time again for multiple home renovation projects. Not only does it validate that we do good work, but also that we have established a strong foundation of trust. It means so much knowing that our team is trusted, valued, and seen as the top choice among remodeling professionals! We are blessed to be able to call the majority of our long-term clients both our customers and our friends. Such is the story behind our recent fireplace remodel in Arlington, Texas.
Any complete kitchen remodel involves removing and replacing the cabinetry. Because cabinets make such an impact on the overall appearance of the kitchen, it’s important to consider what door style options are available to best suit your home and your personal taste. Cabinet installation is a custom job that is done onsite, so it’s a very involved process and certainly isn’t cheap. You want to make sure you are completely happy with your choice before you finalize the designs and give the green light to start construction! One of the benefits of our custom design packages is that the 3-D renderings allow you to see precisely how your cabinets will look once the remodel is complete. Our team then works closely with our custom cabinet company, Bailey Cabinets, to ensure the design is installed correctly.
Our recent clients in Grand Prairie, Texas, had a lovely home built in 1999. The kitchen wasn’t in terrible shape, but the clients knew it was time to refresh the look and also make some modifications to improve functionality. Luckily, the size and layout were great, so not much needed to be done structurally to the existing footprint.
A very popular trend in kitchen design right now is two-tone cabinetry: when the upper cabinets and lower cabinets are different colors or stains. Our clients loved this idea and shared some inspiration photos showing a mixture of stained wood cabinets, white paint, and dark countertops. They also loved the high-end look of glass front accent cabinets, open shelving, and shaker-style cabinet doors.
With all the beautiful interiors seen on TV shows, featured in home design magazines, and posted across Pinterest and other social media platforms, it’s no wonder home remodeling is such a hot topic among today’s homeowners. Honestly, who wouldn’t want their house to look like Chip and Joanna’s?!
Odds are, if you’re really committed to the idea of remodeling your home, you’ve probably already looked into the process and maybe have even met with a few contractors to for estimates. While it can be tempting to go all-in with the first contractor that offers you an affordable quote, the old cliché “you get what you pay for” is important to keep in mind. It’s a sad reality that many clients come to us after being ripped-off or left high-and-dry by another contractor who made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. Prices might vary somewhat between remodeling contractors, but if someone quotes you a price that is thousands of dollars less than the others, it’s likely too good to be true!
Heed the warnings of so-called “affordable” remodeling! It might seem like a good deal at first, but you’ll end up paying significantly more in the long run to have a quality contractor come in and fix what was done incorrectly by the “affordable” contractor. Double (or triple) the cost, time, and headache. Ouch!
Here are the red flags to be aware of when it comes to “affordable” remodeling: