This page is designed to help you plan, budget and know what to expect during a remodel. I will continue to add Q & A to this page as I come across them. Hopefully, I can answer most of your questions through this page. 

DESIGN & BUILD

1) What is a design & build remodel?

- A design & build remodel is when you hire one of our in-house designers to build you a design packet for your remodel project that contains multiple 3D renderings of your project to help you "visualize" your renovation. You will also go through a materials selections phase with the designer that will help shape your design goals. Once the designer and you have collaborated and built a design packet for your job, your project manager or myself (Chase) will start building your invoice in great detail. We will break everything down to show you the cost of labor and material for your project. We make everything as transparent as possible to you, the client. Once the invoice has been built, we sign a contract, take a deposit check for the job and then start ordering all your materials.The process for a design & build project can take 2-4 weeks depending on the size of the job. 

2) Is the design service included in the invoice? 

- The design portion of our services is an additional service. It's not included in our build outs. 

3) Why would I want to hire a designer?

- We have 

KITCHEN REMODELS

1) How long does a kitchen remodel usually take? 

- There really isn't a set amount of time a kitchen remodel takes, due to all the different variables that are in play. For example, a full (gut job) kitchen remodel could involve as many as 13 different trades. Some of these trades include demolition crew, plumber, electrician, cabinetry, finish carpentry, framer, tile installer, fabricator (counter tops), glass installer (sometimes), city inspectors (if required), floor installers, drywall crew and painters. So, when you think about all the different trades and time required for each trade to do their job, it can take several weeks. But, we try to finish kitchen remodels in 5-6 weeks depending on the complexity of the job. If you are doing a kitchen remodel that requires permits, expect to add more time to that estimate. 

2) What is the average cost of a kitchen remodel? 

- It really depends on how much you want to upgrade the kitchen. Will you be moving walls? Will you want to relocate some of your appliances? How old is your house? Will you be required to bring your house up to code? What types of appliances are you wanting to install? What types of electrical and plumbing finishes are you wanting in the kitchen? All these things affect the cost and the cost of labor. Some small kitchens are around $40k while the larger more complex jobs (and high end finishes) can go as high as $60-$70k (including new appliances). 

 

3) Will I be required to pull permits for my kitchen remodel? 

- The best way to answer this question, is to schedule a free estimate with us HERE and we can go over your entire project with you in your home. Permits are not always required 

4) What will I be responsible for as the home owner? 

- Most of the jobs we do, are turn key. This means, we provide the design, the materials (which you will select with the designer), the labor, the scheduling, the permits, etc. You are 100% financially responsible for the project. But, we will manage the project and take all responsibility of ensuring the job goes smooth with minimal mistakes. 

5) How long does a kitchen estimate take? 

- Most of our kitchen estimates take 1 to 2 hours of your time depending on the complexity of the job. Keep in mind that kitchens contain A LOT of details. So, in order for us to provide you with an accurate estimate, we will need to go over a lot of details and identify any potential extra hidden costs of the project with you. We highly recommend all parties involved with the remodel be present for the estimate.

6) What should I do to be better prepared for a kitchen remodel estimate? 

- The first thing that I would do, is research the project. Browse the internet and try to get a good idea of all the associated costs involved with a project of this size. The second thing I would do, is research all your contractor choices. Do your homework and read their reviews. Ask them if they have insurance coverage and what their timelines are if they were to take on your project. Third, I would research pinterest and websites like Houzz to find pictures of what you would like your kitchen to look like. Also look for pictures that contain materials you like (cabinets, counters, tile, flooring, etc.) You don't need to be 100% prepared for an estimate, but it will most definitely help us price your project more accurately if you have done your homework. It also tells us (the contractor) that you are taking this project seriously, and not just day dreaming about a kitchen. 

7) Do I have to be present during my remodel project? 

- No, you do not. Most of our projects have a key-less entry on the door or garage door and we use that to access the house. It's almost impossible for you to be home for that long of a period, even if you do work from home. 

8) Are your workers back ground checked? 

- Yes. We have never had a bad report either.

9) Do you just hire cheap labor to do my project? 

- No. In fact, all of my guys have been with me since day 1. I pay my guys really well because they provide great work. It's hard to find great workers. I pay them well and keep them busy to keep them around. 

10) Will I have a different sub-contractor every day? 

- No. Once a sub-contractor is working your project, he will remain on the project through completion. We will not assign a worker, then bring in another worker the next day. My guys take pride in their work and want to complete the work from beginning to end. 

11) How do payments work? 

- After your initial estimate (the free one), we will follow up with you to see if you would like us to spend a dedicated amount of time to provide you with a detailed invoice. We also offer a design package. Once you have decided to move forward with our services, we require a 50% deposit of the full invoice amount. If you have placed a small deposit before this step, we will deduct that small deposit from the 50% deposit. After your 50% deposit and work has commenced, you will write weekly checks for the work that has progressed during that week. So, for example, if you started demo on a Monday, then plumber and electrical were Tuesday through Friday, then you would owe the labor portion of that work for demo, electrical and plumber. This way, you are only out of pocket for the work that has progressed on your job.  

BATHROOM REMODELS

1) How long does a bathroom remodel take? 

- It just depends on how complex the job is going to be. However, most bathroom remodels take 4-5 weeks. If we are removing walls, changing shower locations, etc. then expect the job to take longer, as we will need to pull permits and get inspections done throughout your project. 

2) What is the average cost of a bathroom remodel?

- All jobs will vary, but most FULL gut jobs for a hallway/guest bathroom typically start around 18k and most FULL gut jobs for master bathrooms start around 25k and go up from there depending on finish outs.

3) Do I have to be present during my remodel project? 

- No, you do not. Most of our projects have a key-less entry on the door or garage door and we use that to access the house. It's almost impossible for you to be home for that long of a period, even if you do work from home. 

4) Are your workers back ground checked? 

- Yes. 

5) Do you just hire cheap labor to do my project? 

- No. In fact, all of my guys have been with me since day 1.We have added to our crews as well. But, they were brought in through a recommendation from our current crews. We hold them to the same high standard as everyone else. Our guys do great work and I am very proud of the crews we have to do our labor work.  

6) Will I have a different sub-contractor every day? 

- No. Once a sub-contractor is working your project, he will remain on the project through completion. We will not assign a worker, then bring in another worker the next day. My guys take pride in their work and want to complete the work from beginning to end. 

7) How do payments work? 

- Once you have agreed to move forward with our service, there is an initial $500 deposit to get your project on the books and start detailing out your invoice. This $500 deposit will be applied to your total balance owed and no money will be lost. 

- Once demo day has arrived, you will submit a weekly "progress" payment. So, whatever work has progressed through the week, you will write a check for the labor cost of that service. For example, if your demo (labor) cost is $1,500. On Friday, you will write a $1,500 check as 100% of that service has been completed. 

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