E-Book Preview: Kitchen, Bath and Interior Remodels

March 11, 2015

We’re excited to share that we recently published an e-book! When undertaking a new remodeling project, it’s helpful to know exactly what each type of project entails. The first section of our e-book is entitled Six Steps to a Successful Kitchen, Bathroom, or Interior Remodel, and we are excited to share some of its main points with you (here’s the link to download it in full).

Overall, this e-book is a guide to help homeowners achieve a successful kitchen, bathroom, or interior home remodeling project, as the title says. A kitchen or bathroom remodel is self explanatory, but what qualifies as an interior home remodeling project?

  • Finished basements
  • Rethinking the space by taking down walls or creating openings, adding or relocating windows, and adding or relocating doors
  • Heating and Cooling System Replacement/Upgrades
  • Energy Efficiency and Comfort Problem Solutions

Basically, the more you understand about the remodeling process, the easier it will be for you to have a successful project. Lots of people remodel their homes every year, and the remodeling industry is huge – so it’s important to understand the process to avoid having a negative experience.

Here are some general steps to help you:

1. Gather information

Define your goals, think about design goals and the functionality of your space, and define a “vision.”

2. Select a contractor

The most helpful thing you can do to select the right contractor is read reviews and learn about what past clients thought of hteir work. Some helpful websites are Angie’s List, Better Business Bureau, Yelp, and GuildQuality. You’ll also want to ask about licensure, insurance, contracts, and references.

3. Project costs, design, and permits

Before the design phase, your contractor should be able to give you a rough estimate of the cost of yoru project. A detailed cost proposal can only happen once the details of your project have been decided upon. One excellent source for information about common remodeling projects, average job costs, and resale value is the “Cost Vs. Value Report” by Remodeling magazine. Click here to see it.

When it comes to design, keep in mind that ultimately your project should be beautiful, functional, and comfortable. When remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, it’s recommended that  you use a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) or a Certified Bath Designer (CBD). They are highly trained, creative professionals who follow the code guidelines set forth by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) to create beautiful, functional, and safe spaces for your home.

4. Pre-construction planning and materials management

At this point, all necessary special order materials have been ordered. A pre-construction meeting also occurs before work begins and the Designer, Project Manager and Lead Carpenters meet to discuss the pre-construction checklist and go over permits.  The project schedule is created and set into motion.

5. The work starts!

At this stage, the plan is executed. You and your contractor should have a plan in place for where your functional space will be while your remodel is happening. Also, your remodeling site should be kept clean, organized, and neat throughout the project. Again, careful upfront planning, scheduling, and material acquisition are critical for a smooth project.

6. Your project is complete

Now that your project has passed the final inspection, it’s time to add your project to your homeowner’s insurance policy. Another item to consider is that your contractor provides you with a final lien waiver. This will help protect you from any potential material and subcontractor liens placed on your property. 

If you live in the Northern Virginia area and you’re interested in a free estimate, or would like to know how Lensis Builders, Inc. can make your home even better, give us a call at 703-367-8999 or fill out a short contact form by clicking here. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, visit our Pinterest page!

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