Tag Archives: addition

Kitchen Designs – with an open floor plan

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When it is time for a new kitchen the requests have a common theme: bigger, open, island, and more everything. The Design Build Planners team meets many homeowners seeking to remodel their kitchen seem to have one, unified voice: “We want a larger kitchen, with an open floor plan, dine-at island, more cabinets, more counter space, more storage…more, more, more.” Design-wise, all can be incorporated, but extra home space is required. No one is surprised to hear that kitchens are the most expensive rooms to remodel. Now more space means new space as in an addition. Doubling the space of a kitchen with an addition undoubtedly doubles the cost of the project. After calculating all the items required to fully complete, the homeowner investment most likely well exceed $100,000 for a 200+ square foot kitchen and addition project. Continue reading

Remodeling Question, Move or Improve?

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Family have home remodeledPerhaps the most common question for a homeowner considering a major remodeling project is,“Do we move or improve?” As design + build professionals, we start each client relationship with a question and answer session about the family and home that helps create a “project profile.”This enables the Design Build Planners to assist in planning and recommending the best course of action for a remodeling project even if our assessment is to “move instead of investing in the project.” Continue reading

Lifestyle Suite Additions

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A popular remodeling project that the Design Build Planners are often requested to design is what we refer to as a “Lifestyle Suite”. What was once called an “in-law suite” now offers much more as far as flexibility of use presently and in the future. Our Lifestyle Suite addition begins with a bedroom, closet and bathroom. From there, we typically add a sitting/TV/family room for personal use or entertaining. Then a wet bar or kitchenette is incorporated to complete a studio residence attached to any style home. Add a separate entry to create privacy or solitude, but then pass back through to the main house for family mingling. Continue reading

How Expensive is FREE in Home Remodeling?

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Other than advice, a remodeler should never give a homeowner anything for free. Doing so potentially lessens the value of all you do and opens the door for constant negotiations, and even worse, re-negotiations of established costs. Please do not misunderstand. This should not be confused with the concept of "under promising and over delivering." Let's face the facts. There is no one that works for free. Each person and trade gets compensated for their efforts. This compensation is a part of your job costing and affects a project's gross profit if not accounted for when calculating the client's investment amount. Continue reading

Botched Remodeling Projects, Who is to Blame?

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Unfortunately, in these past few years of poor economic times, we have seen and heard of increased numbers of botched projects and poor remodeling experiences. Whether the shoddy workmanship comes from an unqualified contractor or an inexperienced homeowner, a.k.a. Do-It-Yourselfer (DIY), upon further inspection we discover that frequently the problem begins well before the work actually starts. Continue reading