Before you embark on your remodel, you’ll want to clearly define your budget and the scope of your project. You will want to ask yourself A LOT of relevant remodeling questions in order to minimize any unexpected surprises. As tempting as it is to dive right into your remodel, taking your time to really explore all the details of your project will save you money, time and stress. Carefully considering your options and communicating your preferences clearly with your designer and contractor will help create a seamless and enjoyable project for all parties
1. WHAT IS YOUR GOAL?
Define your goal clearly – this is an obvious and essential step to accomplishing your goal of a successful remodel.
Factor in the needs of everyone who will be affected by the remodel, and create a plan together to allow for a functional space that will be enjoyed for years to come.
Having a defined goal will create a clear roadmap for your interior designer and contractor.
Analyze exactly what it is that you do and do not like about your current space, what works and what does not. This will assist you in defining your goals for your new space.
What changes will make your space more aesthetically pleasing, more functional and more enjoyable?
2. WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?
Knowing your cost limitations will allow you to comfortably make decisions during the design process, and communicating this with your designer and contractor will avoid unexpected expenses down the road. Most importantly, this will also assist your designer in directing you towards the appropriate materials that will fit in with your budget. No point looking at $50/sf marble if your budget is $7/sf! One of the benefits of working with a design build firm (such as us) is the total transparency about costs upfront. Together we can decide where to save and where to splurge. No matter what your budget, Sass Construction and Design and Shelley Sass Designs will work with you to be sure your needs are met and never compromised.
3. HOW WILL YOU USE THE SPACE?
This is one of the most important remodeling questions and the answer will allow your designer to provide creative solutions that will work for you. On this one I strongly advise you take a lot of time and think very carefully about your wants and needs, and be very practical as to exactly how you are planning on using the space. This is something that only you, your spouse and your family members will know (whoever is going to be using the space).
How many people live in the home/space?
Do you have pets to consider?
What is the space/room primarily going to be used for?
Do you desire an open plan space for everyone to gather freely, or is having private spaces more preferable?
Does your kitchen get heavy cooking use or are you more of a take-out family?
Does your home get heavy traffic?
The answers to all these questions are vital in arriving at a practical and cohesive design solution that will serve your needs well.
These answers will also assist your designer in making suggestions and designing a space that is comfortable, functional and aesthetically pleasing for you.
4. WHICH MATERIALS DO YOU PREFER?
Considering the materials you want to incorporate is another very important step.
Are you aiming to use mostly sustainable materials?
Do you prefer a natural aesthetic with lots of wood and stone?
Do you prefer a man made or natural stone?
What flooring do you prefer? Tile, LVP, wood, carpet, concrete, cork, etc.
Budget plays a big role here too and may be the deciding factor in what you select.
5. WHAT IS YOUR STYLE/AESTHETIC?
Is it a rustic look or do you prefer a more transitional style?
Or something modern and streamlined?
Or do you really love the interest of an eclectic style?
Taking some time to determine your desired aesthetic will help you in creating a space that is cohesive and meets your goals and dreams. In this instance I find Pinterest a super useful tool with thousands of resources and images. It's always helpful to see things rather than try to imagine them.
Check out my Pinterest boards here which are filled with a wealth of information.
Being as detailed as possible is key in ensuring your finished remodel not only meets but exceeds your dreams.
Remodeling is costly and you want to do this right the first time without any regrets!
6. HOW LONG WILL THE REMODEL TAKE?
It is very important to discuss this from day one and know the answer to this! Your designer and contractor must provide you with a timeframe for your project. Your project design and plan development in addition to obtaining permits (should your project require them) can be very time consuming. Working with a trusted company that is transparent about timeframe and can handle all the moving parts will make the process that much easier and less stressful on you. Project management is key here in keeping to the timeline, so you definitely want to do your homework well and hire the appropriate contractor who is efficient, reliable and stays ahead of the game.
7. WHO IS YOUR TEAM?
Home remodeling can be a long stressful process, so you want a team that can take care of all the details. Sass Construction and Design is comprised of a talented team of people with whom we have long standing relationships. Our skilled and capable team headed by Stephen Sass, our outstanding Project Manager, and Shelley Sass, our lead Interior Designer, will make the process stress free.
From day one, our clients can expect streamlined communication and transparency, beginning with determining your goals and vision, right down to creating a logical timeframe and thorough plan. From the minute you sign your contract with us, you can expect the highest level of courtesy and professionalism. All of our partners have extensive experience and are trained to treat your home with the utmost respect. We set very high standards for everyone who enters and works in your home, and we expect these standards to be upheld at all times.
Remember that you, our client, are our number one concern, and we are here to serve you with the highest level of customer service, efficiency, reliability and knowledge.
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