Maybe you’ve been looking around your Estero home and thinking that it’s time to make some changes. We’re not talking about just adding a coat of paint, or changing a few light fixtures. We’re talking about taking some significant steps to make your home more beautiful, comfortable, and enjoyable.
That kind of change doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a step-by-step process that involves thoughtful planning and preparation before the hammers and saws ever show up. What does that look like? Here’s how we work through the process at Reed Design Build. And while every builder does things a little differently, this will give you a pretty good overview of what need to happen.
The Retainer Agreement Is The Beginning Of The Project.
The retainer is the initial agreement with your builder or remodeler, and it is essentially a prepayment of services. It is a guarantee to pay for their investment of time. This allows your remodeler and designer to prepare drafts for you before moving into the actual planning and design-build phases.
The Design Phase is also known as the planning phase.
This is where you as the homeowner work together with your consultant and/or the contractor to determine exactly what your new space (kitchen, bath, addition, etc.) will look like. Depending on what needs to be done, this part of the process can take anywhere from one week to six months. On average, however, you’re probably looking at about four weeks.
The Contract Phase is where all the paperwork takes place.
It covers the period from the date the contract is signed until the physical construction begins. This is the time in which materials are ordered, subcontractors are hired, and your specific construction schedule will be determined. This part of the process generally takes from two to ten weeks—depending on the type of materials ordered (custom items take longer).
The Construction Phase is when the physical work is underway.
The first step is deconstructing (tearing out) your existing kitchen or bath. If walls need to be moved (or eliminated), that happens here as well. Then the space will be prepped for your new fixtures (i.e. cabinets and appliances in the kitchen, or sinks, showers, and bathtubs in the bathroom). The length of this phase obviously depends on the complexity of the project, and can last anywhere from two weeks to eight weeks. At the end of this phase, your project will be essentially complete—and you’ll be able to start using the space.
The Wrap-Up is the final phase.
As your project nears completion, your consultant will draw up a final punch list of any touch-up items that remain to be completed to fulfill your contract. You’ll receive a final timeline for finishing these items and arrangements will be made for all necessary finishing work and final inspections.
One of the advantages of working with a build/design remodeler is that the people involved in creating your plan (the first phase) are on the same page as the people who are doing the actual work. There’s no finger-pointing between designers and builder. They’re both on the same team and their goal is to create and execute a great plan for you.
Here’s a helpful post that provides you some more information about the whole design/build remodeling process. We’d love to help you design and create the Estero home you’ve always dreamed of!