What is the Homeowner’s Role in the Design/Build Process?

You probably already know just how big and complex a remodeling project can be. To ensure the process goes on without a hitch, you’ll want to make sure every base is covered. But this isn’t limited to checking the product warranty coverage or hiring the right remodeler for the job. You should definitely consider how involved you should be during the design/build process. Short spoiler: you should be very involved. In fact, a homeowner has many responsibilities when it comes to this aspect of the remodeling project. Evergreen Renovations & Roofing, the expert in home renovation and ADU (accessory dwelling unit) services in the area, shares some of them here.

Should Be Direct About Their Wants and Needs 

Whether it’s a bath renovation or kitchen remodel, the homeowner is more than just the person that needs some work done and has the money to pay for them. The homeowner, in fact, is considered the beating heart of the remodel. The aim of the remodeling work is to meet your wants and needs. That’s why you should always be honest about the things you like or don’t like about your home. What stuff do you think will work? What are the things that won’t? Once your choice of home remodeler has a clearer and better idea about your goals, you can then start working together and make these goals achievable.

Should Collaborate With the Remodeler in the Design Phase 

You probably already have a vision about their remodel. If you don’t have a concrete one yet, you can always look at inspired creations from remodeling magazines and websites as a guide. Then, you can add your own personal touches so you can create a design that’s all you. But for this design to take physical shape in your bathroom or kitchen remodeling project, your choice of renovation company will need your personal input. The fact is that you’ll want the completed project to look and feel exactly as your vision. And this means being more active during the design phase. If your remodeler shows you a design possibility, and it’s not to your liking, you should never hesitate to say so. One of the largest mistakes a homeowner can make is to voice their opinion only when the work is already done.

Should Remain Engaged During the Building Phase

With the final design concept already decided by yourself and your choice of a remodeler, it’s all-too-easy to just shrug, sit back, and relax. After all, you can just leave the work to the pro and check-in occasionally when everything is starting to take shape, right? Nope–that’s not the best idea. Being a regular presence in the worksite allows you to notice things you may be unsure of. Maybe that color that seemed warm and inviting in the showroom doesn’t actually work with your existing décor. Perhaps you’ve found a cabinet door style that looks way better than the one you previously chose. 

When you’re engaged in the building phase, you’ll be able to spot and change things you don’t like. The sooner these are taken care of, the better. It pays to be upfront about your concerns because it’s simpler to make alterations when the bathroom remodeling is in progress compared to when it’s already finished. What’s more, it’s less time-consuming and more cost-effective.

Other Homeowner Responsibilities in a Remodeling Project

Aside from those mentioned above, a homeowner is also responsible for a number of things in a remodeling project. These include:

  1. Being Thorough with the Project Estimate. You’ll want to make sure the remodeling proposal contains every aspect involved with the project. These include the estimated start and completion date, material and product estimates and costs, and labor expenses. You should also check for payment details, warranty coverage, and insurance information. Most importantly, your project estimate should include a well-defined termination clause in case you and your remodeling company don’t see eye to eye.
  1. Arrange for temporary lodgings. The fact is that remodeling work is often messy and noisy–you have no idea just how much. To ensure you and your family’s safety and comfort, you’ll want to move somewhere else temporarily until the project is done.
  1. Choosing a Reliable Home Remodeling Company. You can take the stress out of your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project when you hire a trusted company. But how exactly do you find the best one for the job? Here are some handy tips:
  • Get local referrals. This seems a bit old-school, but asking family and friends for local referrals will give you a clearer and more accurate idea of what your experience will be like with a given remodeling contractor. At Evergreen Renovations & Roofing, a big part of our leads result from referrals offered by our satisfied clients. We take these as a testament to the quality service we consistently provide.
  • Check their business experience. The last thing you want is to work with an inexperienced company that will take shortcuts and makes costly mistakes. This won’t be an issue when you work with Evergreen Renovations & Roofing. We have over 35 years of combined industry experience, allowing for timely and efficient workmanship that leaves no room for mistakes. Whether it’s a bath or kitchen remodeling, we ensure the job is finished perfectly right the first time.
  • Look for the necessary credentials. License, bond and insurance–these are basics your choice of contractor should have. Evergreen Renovations & Roofing is a fully licensed, bonded, and insured company–with the requisite workers’ compensation and liability coverage to protect you should anything go awry during your remodeling project.
  • Take a look at their ratings and reviews. You can tell whether a company’s previous clients have a great experience based on the testimonials they leave. Evergreen Renovations & Roofing is 5-star rated by Google, Angie’s List, and HomeAdvisor. We make this possible through unmatched remodeling services and a customer-centric approach to any project we take on. Should you have questions or concerns about the project, our team will be more than happy to answer and address them. Your full satisfaction is one of our top aims, after all.

Look no further than Evergreen Renovations & Roofing for high-quality solutions to all your remodeling and ADU (accessory dwelling unit) needs. We ensure a smooth and stress-free experience when you turn to us. We proudly serve Portland, OR and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (503) 720-4699 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.

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