Remodeling Your Home
Remodeling a home is can be a really good experience when combined with careful attention, experienced consultants and a flexible mind set. It is a time of creating and expansion for all involved. It is an amazing process to see your thoughts become the things you desire, with ease. If you are considering remodeling your home, we created this page to help guide you through the remodeling process.
Most Common Questions
- How much will my remodel cost?
- How long will my remodel take?
- When can we start remodeling my home?
To determine how much your remodel is going to cost, how much time it will take to complete, and when we can start; there is quite a bit of due diligence to be done before answers can be given. First, we must establish a scope of work and come up with a game plan.
The Construction Process: From Concept to Start Date
1) How much will construction of my new home cost?
2) How long will it take?
3) When can we start?
To determine how much construction is going to cost, how much time it will take to complete, and when we can start; there is quite a bit of due diligence to be done before answers can be given.
You will meet with the architect you like best and let your ideas flow. Your architect will create the design drawings and incorporate professional recommendations. In addition to the design style of your home, consider how you want your house to function in terms of upgraded technology, lighting, solar and air flow as these modern amenities are becoming an expectation in the high end market. When these details are considered up front, pricey changes can be kept to a minimum and allow for a more efficient construction experience.
Your architect will finalize the drawings and submit them to the building department for approval. Once we obtain a set of the preliminary plans from your architect, we begin the estimating process by having our main trade subcontractors start estimating based on the preliminary information received. We collect the information needed to put together your budget of estimated allowances for your building costs.
About construction estimates and timeframes…
Receiving the first estimate is exciting and sometimes overwhelming – for peace of mind, reflect on this advance. Design ideas evolve as you the construction process unfolds and sometimes unknown issues are discovered, so it is easy to see why construction costs and time frames are a moving target.
Not all design selections are available at the time of preliminary estimating. Therefore, we input allowances into the estimate that are in line with the spec level of your home. These costs are subject to change should you decide to upgrade, add or subtract items. We update the estimate of allowances based on the new information provided throughout the process on a bi-weekly basis.
We estimate a schedule that starts after architectural drawings are approved and permits are received. If you haven’t started already, this is the time to go shopping for your appliances, fixtures, surface materials and paint colors. The more information we have in advance, the more accurately we can determine costs and schedules. Notable suppliers are recommended upon request.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Be mindful of your budget and schedule before selecting and purchasing your decorator items. Ask your supplier for lead times (include shipping time) and confirm that the products will arrive at the job at the ideal time of installation.
Once the architectural and structural drawings are approved and we have received the final construction sets, we fine tune the bids based on any updated information on the plans. Contracting begins while we are in the process of obtaining permits (permits take a few days after drawings are approved). The front trade subcontractors are contracted and scheduled for the soonest day they are available. Now, we have an official start date.
Knowing about your construction costs…
The Preliminary Estimate (a.k.a. Allowances) sets forth the estimated construction costs for the project based on the original scope of work, pending no changes. Subcontractor proposals are considered confidential and available upon request under the agreement that the information contained in the proposals will not be shared with competitive subcontractors or suppliers to keep the bidding process fair for all parties involved. We will contract the subcontractors under our license; collect their insurance certificates and proper documentation, etc.
Knowing about your payment schedule…
The billing program is on a two week cycle from the start of construction and due promptly on the 7th and 22nd of the month until the job is complete. We will submit the payment draws, subcontractor invoices, lien releases, and updated budgets on the 1st and 16th. Our General Contracting fee is based on a percentage of all construction costs. GC fee schedule is available upon request. Our GC fee is invoiced along with the draws.
Knowing you have a back-up plan…
We recommend having a Contingency Plan for additional unexpected costs and/or additional time. 10% may make you feel more comfortable and 20% even more so. It is much easier to digest the extra expense by having back up funds. Also, part way through the project, you may come up with an even better design idea to expand upon the original idea that you absolutely can’t live without. If you are okay with the extra expense and time to make this happen, then so are we.
Knowing about construction schedules…
Please be aware that construction schedules are moving targets due to unexpected delays, owner changes, product lead times or unforeseen circumstances. We will give every effort possible to move as quickly as possible through any unexpected delays or unforeseen circumstances. We will keep you informed of this course of action.
Knowing about changing your design part way through construction…
Design decisions will have an incredible impact on the overall look of your new home, so making them isn’t always quick and easy. Of course, you have the option to change your mind about your design decisions, but be mindful that every change (small or large) in product or scope of work will most likely add time to the end of the schedule. A fair amount of delays are often due to indecisiveness about design. Taking an extra day to see another sample or ask a trusted opinion may be all the reassurance you need – you may decide it is well worth adding extra days to the end of the schedule.
Knowing how to communicate your Change Requests…
Should you decide to make a change, please direct all changes to Elite Design Builders personally and not to the subcontractor’s laborers. The crews on the job are typically eager to help, but are not qualified or authorized to make changes without an okay from Elite Design Builders. Please know that neglecting to inform us first, may ultimately result in additional time or cost due to something unforeseen upon giving that instruction to a laborer.
Knowing about moving in before construction is complete…
Should you be living “off campus” during construction, and get enthusiastic about moving into your new home early and before completion, we recommend slowing down and making other arrangements. Moving into a house with loose ends may leave you feeling frustrated and forgetful that you moved in before the house was ready. We are certain that you will be much more pleased with your movie-in experience if you let construction take its course.
Enjoying the process…
Building a home is a fun experience when combined with careful attention, experienced consultants and a flexible mind set. It is a time of creating and expansion for all involved. It is an amazing process to see your thoughts become the things you desire. Our desire is to be selected as the builder that assists you in bringing your dream home into reality. Thank you for considering Elite Design Builders, Inc.
Our desire is to be selected as the builder that assists you in bringing your dream home into reality. Thank you for considering Elite Design Builders, Inc. and please give us a call if you have any questions about your home remodel process, we are happy to help – (310) 863-7779.