Remodeling – The Dreaded Change Order

Change Orders

Change Orders

Change Orders, Who Really Makes Them

If you have ever been anywhere near remodeling, you have heard of the dreaded Change Order.  This is work, which equals more money, added on to your Contract.  Now obviously, some are necessary, like a tree falling on your roof in the middle of remodeling. This is going to cost you.

Hidden Conditions – these are issues that cannot be seen or explored by your Contractor prior to demolition.  Good remodeling Contractors have the talent and experience to know what to expect from older buildings, and will warn you ahead of time and build in the proper  amount of money and scope of probable work in the Contract for the restoration most likely needed. (If not necessary, they will then credit you back).  Of course there are always issues that simply can’t be accounted for and then you will be charged with a Change Order.

Customer Requests:    You should understand your Contract and what it includes and does not include. Your Contract should include all costs for Materials  and Labor.  If the Materials are not totally selected at the time of Contract, then an adequate dollar allowance MUST be included within the Contract for both the Material and it’s installation.  Generally Change Orders occur here when Homeowners either do not fully understand the Contract, or the Contract is not clear, or the homeowner has decided to upgrade from the original intent of the material.

Either way, you wind up paying more money and more time.  You can avoid almost all of this by doing your research.  Visit our full website at http://www.yoursquarefeet.com to find all the information you need on Remodeling.

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Remodeling – Keeping things Friendly

meetings

Going to a Meeting

Clear Communications are Key

Feel like these poor fellows Going to a Meeting with their Contractor?

It happens, usually because there’s not enough clarification of the Scope of Work and what all the details mean.  Either the Contractor breezes through it thinking you understand, because they certainly do; or the Homeowner is too reliant on the Contractor and assumes paying a lot of money means all the details will be taken care of.

This is how things go terribly wrong.  Your remodeling project is probably always going to cost way more than you expected.  Only the very best Contractors give you the complete remodeling project with every contingency. You must go through every line item and understand what is going to happen to your home and ask questions.

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Bathroom Remodeling – The New Visual Impact

Toto Toilet

Toto Toilet Washlet S400

Toilets are Center Stage

Everyone I know is fascinated with these high-tech toilets.  Toto is probably the premiere manufacturer at the moment with Kohler closing in on the market. Toto has many variations on this theme as well as wall hung toilets. They also now have full matching bath suites. Check out their website at http://www.totousa.com for all the info.

Auto Flush Activated by Sensors or the Simple Touch of a Button

  • Automatic Open / Close Lid Activated by Sensors, or the Simple Touch of a Button on the Remote Control
  • Gentle Aerated Warm Water
  • Front and Rear Washing
  • Massage Feature
  • Warm Air Drying with Variable Three-Temperature Setting
  • Automatic Air Purifier
  • Heated Seat with Temperature Control
  • Convenient Wireless Remote Control with Large LCD Panel
  • Docking Station for Easy Cleaning & Installation
  • Cleaner, Sleeker Look
  • Reinforced Base Plate for Enhanced Durability

These super toilets really do have it all, let’s just say they do away with the need for a bidet. Since I don’t own one, (they are pretty pricey), I am still a little confused about the docking station, huh?  We have installed them, and variations of them, and what everyone likes best about them, is what we call their “flush with a rush”.  It’s got a great trap system for a low flow toilet.

Seems silly to go on about a toilet?  How much did you hate the last time your old one choked up on you!

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Kitchen Remodeling – Contemporary Warmth

The New Contemporary

Many people think of Contemporary style as cold and stark.  Contemporary has changed in recent years.  It has embraced the warmer tones while still retaining sleek and clean lines.  Natural elements are now a big part of contemporary styling since going “Green” has become so popular. Many “Green” products are materials that are new and unusual, therefore appealing to the contemporary market. Mixing in a rustic or antique piece of furniture can really enhance your juxtaposition of styles.  The repetition of a bold color bonds two separate areas together.  Doing Contemporary right is a little tricky.  It’s a fine balance between just enough and too much.

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Kitchen Remodeling – Conveniences

Kitchen Conveniences

I don’t recommend all Kitchen gadgets to all people.  It always depends on the family and the kitchen itself.  So when I go through the Design process with clients, we spend a great deal of time gathering information about how you want the Kitchen to function for your family, (even if you don’t cook in it).

Refrigerator drawers are great for families with little ones looking for juice boxes and snacks.  They can be located out of the primary traffic pattern, and bring a little more harmony to daily life.

Now on the flip side, apparently my older family believes they should be beer refrigerators next to the wine cooler.  That does seem to make some sense to me.

Whatever you’re use for them, they are very useful.  We are all very busy, and anything that helps one less errand trip to the grocery store is a good thing.

 

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Remodeling – An Emotional Roller Coaster

Emotions Abound

Emotions Abound

Remodeling is not easy

We have never seen a remodeling project where everyone is happy all the time.  Except of course on TV where they do all the work and give you everything for free.  Then again,  I have actually seen recipiants grumble on some of these show also!

The biggest reasons remodeling is tough is that your routine is upset, your unsure of your decisions, and everything is more expensive than you thought. It’s no wonder you’re grumpy.

These issues can be overcome.  The road to success in remodeling is PLANNING.     Planning involves everything from research through contracts. Even on small DIY projects, things can go horribly wrong if you have not planned the entire project through as though you were a real Contractor.

Our friend in this picture has some  stories to tell you, we call them  “Hard Learned Lessons” on our website.  You may be surprised to find out how construction horror stories really get their start.  But if you PLAN correctly, follow advice we give you and more, the biggest hardship you should still have is parting with your cash.  It’s  going to cost you, but at least if you Plan, you will know how much!

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Faux Painting

Coastal Bath

Coastal Bath

Fantastic Murals

Faux Painting on the Professional level is a lot different than what I can do with a sponge.  A wonderful Faux Painter, (www.deelitedesign.com), did  this mural, (and this is only a small part of it), in a friends bathroom.  It literally transformed the space from a small dark bathroom to a coastal marshland.

These artists can work magic for any home, ( best of all, there’s not much mess).  They can create three dimensional objects or pictorials,( trompe l’oeil), that can appear to be a window scene where you don’t have one, or great crown moldings you’ve always wanted.

We have used these artists to customize kitchen cabinetry.  They can create rugs on old laminate flooring.  There isn’t much I haven’t seen them tackle.

So pass on the usual paint and wallpaper.  If you really want to freshen up a room without getting into construction, try a top notch Faux Painter.  You will love it!

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