The Whole House Design Process

 

 

A whole house remodel is a great option for homeowners that are ready to refresh their entire home in one project. This can include renovating all bathrooms, the kitchen, the fireplace, the windows, interior and exterior doors, paint and trim, flooring, lighting, and more. With the current boom in the housing market, it is becoming increasingly difficult to purchase a house due to the number of buyers vs sellers. Homeowners are opting to invest their money into their existing home by remodeling instead of moving. Not only can this option modify your home’s functionality to better meet your needs, but remodeling can also make your home feel like new – you’d be surprised at the possibilities when it comes to redesigning! If your home could use a significant facelift in more than one area, a whole house design package might be an option worth considering.

 

 

Initial Consultation

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 40 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 Whole house Design Package

Every major remodel requires a custom design package to be completed prior to construction. As you can imagine, remodeling an entire home is an extensive and detailed process. Ensuring the project runs as smoothly as possible means the proper documentation and planning needs to be done beforehand. Our custom design packages do just that. Each 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 ensures everything is discussed and agreed upon – including process, timeline, and pricing — before anyone ever picks up a hammer.

 

 

Floor Plans & 3D 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 rooms. We do this by taking photos and measurements of your existing home and building it into our rendering software. Our designers then draw the details of the house (walls, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, windows, lighting, finishes, etc.) according to the inspiration photos and notes we’ve collected from you during your prior measure appointment.

 

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 either situation, our team of designers can 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, plumbing, electrical, paint, drywall, countertops, tile, and so on. In regard to an entire home remodel, there are a substantial number of details to specify. We want to be sure that you as the homeowner understand precisely what is to be included, and what is not.

 

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. Any revisions to the Scope of Work can be made as needed, prior to the execution of the contract.

 

 

Budget Items Worksheet

Think of Budget Items as your “shopping list” of items you get to pick out. These are items that don’t have a set price until they’re selected, such as flooring and tile selections, countertop material, decorative lighting, etc. Each can range in price depending on what you choose. For example, you can splurge on your countertops by choosing an exotic option or save money by selecting a less-expensive countertop option.

 

We provide an allowance for each of these items and include them in the total cost for the project. If this final number isn’t where we want it to be, the selected budget items can be adjusted to control the total project 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 floor plans and 3D renderings on the big screen and walk you through the structural and aesthetic design of your remodeled home. 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. You are then able to make your decision to continue with us as your contractor for construction 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 completely manage the project 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 (plumber, electrician, carpenter, etc.) and ensure that final inspections are completed by the city once everything is complete. We also assign a Lead Carpenter 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 Medford, 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 whole house is a big deal, and we want to help you feel confident in that decision! If you are interested in remodeling your home 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.

 

 

Sincerely,

The Medford Team