Custom Home Building FAQ
What is Design/Build?
Design/Build is when the contractor handles the entire remodeling process from design through completed construction of a project. In many cases hiring one firm instead of two helps to streamline the process, and ensures optimum communication at all levels from start to finish.
How does the Bellamy Constructions Design/Build process work?
We and the homeowners sign a design agreement to work together to attempt to design, scope and cost of a remodeling project within the budget range discussed in the initial meeting. There is a nominal fee for this process that will be discussed at the first meeting.
After an exploratory meeting, a preliminary design is drawn and presented to the homeowner. Revisions are made if requested, and, once the client approves the plans, a proposal is prepared. This process includes a visit to the work site with trade contractors, a written comprehensive scope of work, a firm price and a length of job. Upon acceptance, a construction contract is signed. This process creates "one stop shopping" for the homeowner. More importantly, it allows the homeowner to get to know us and what it is like to work together well before the project is underway.
Will Bellamy Construction work with us if we have our own architect?
We are happy to work with your design professional. In fact, Bellamy's collaborative approach can add value in the planning process. By engaging in our firm early on, you and your architect can get the benefit of a remodeler's feedback and input before the plans are completed.
How much is my project going to cost?
It goes without saying that this needs to be known before the project moves forward. There are many factors that need to be taken into account to be able to generate a meaningful quote. Let's look at some of them.
It will cost more than you thought it would when you first started thinking about the project. The more you learn the more you realize how many different things need to be done to make the project meet your expectations. As the planning proceeds the scope of the work expands, at least a little bit.
You've heard it before, "as long as we are doing this we should take care of that at the same time". For example: The laundry room adjoins to the kitchen, and so as part of the planning it becomes apparent the kitchen would work much better if the laundry room door was moved. As expected doing this work will add to the cost of the remodel. But asking these questions ahead of time will ultimately give you a better projection of your home improvement's tota cost.
As your project begins there maybe some work that will need to be done that you never anticipated when you first decided the remodel should happen. For instance, if you are planning on having your kitchen remodeled, you may need to have a new electrical panel and/or service installed to accommodate all the new circuits current code requires. That can increase costs by several thousands of dollars.
What level of finishes and fittings do you want to have in your remodel?
A kitchen can be created with sheet vinyl flooring, prefabricated cabinets, plastic laminate (Formica) countertops, and minimal additional lighting. The same floor plan can be realized with a floor of ceramic tile, custom cabinets, stone countertops, and more effective lighting. The difference in costs would be tens of thousands of dollars but both jobs are "a kitchen remodel". Ultimately it is your decision. Your remodel needs to balance your needs, desires and budget.
Should I remodel or move?
You definitely want to ask this question before your remodel project starts! Here are some things to consider.
Do you like your property, your neighbors, your street, and the commercial district and/or school that is nearby?
These are important points to consider if you are thinking of remodeling. If there is a real problem with some or any of these conditions consider moving. No matter how much work you do to your house, these problems will not be corrected.
What is your house worth now and what would it be worth after the remodeling work is done?
You want to know this information before you get too far along in your planning.
How long will you live in the home after the remodel is done?
If you are going to live there more than 5-7 years you will get the benefit and satisfaction of living in a space that you have personally helped improve to suit your needs better. Every day you will experience the joy of having improved your home. If you are only going to live there a couple of years once the work is done, you may want to let the new owners do the work.
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