Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I hire a Design/Build firm instead of an Architect?
An architect will draw, on paper, a concept for you to review. They may or may not collaborate with you on requested revisions in order to ensure that the final floor plan is just what you had envisioned. Many architectural firms will present a plan, and then move on to the next client, missing the opportunity to work together with the clients to perfect the design. The main drawback, however, is the next step; getting the project quoted and bid out. The architect will create a set of plans, but WILL NOT include pricing parameters while designing. At the end of this phase, homeowners can be dealt massive sticker shock. With a plan drawn that is financially prohibitive, the homeowner is sent back to the drawing board, to start the design process over with another professional who will hopefully keep their budget in mind.
Why would I hire a Design/Build firm instead of a Contractor?
A contractor will enter your home and confidently say ‘tell me what you want and I will build it’. For a quick project, that approach is perfectly fine. Many homeowners, however, are looking for expertise, advise, and direction. If a client knew exactly what they wanted to be done and had all of the materials pre-selected, they wouldn’t need a Design/Build firm. For those who want a completely transformed space, with attention to every detail and forethought for every area, a Design/Build company will guide you through every step of the process. From design concepts to construction budgets, we will be your advocate and professional team.
How do payments work during a remodel project?
If there is a design contract, payments will be made when each phase is begun or completed. For example, clients will not pay for engineering until the initial design concept is refined and approved. Before the project begins, some special order material may need to be ordered in advance. These items would be billed in full upon ordering. Once the project begins, progress payments will be made according to milestone completion or the beginning of certain trades.
Are there subcontractors that are going to be working on my project?
We believe the success of any project requires both employees and subs. If a company only uses subcontractors, the General Contractor has less control over the schedule and quality. If only employees are used, the project misses the expertise of vitally important trades such as plumbing and electrical.
After I make a payment, how do I know all of the materials and other professionals are paid by the company?
After each payment, a lien release will be issued. This shows that the client is paid in full up until the date of the invoice and that all financial liability has been covered. All contracts are between the homeowner and Spaces Renewed. No sub or material vendor will have financial contact with the client.
How can I do to stick to my budget during my remodel?
The best way to stay within budget is to plan your project upfront. Address all of your scope of work wish list ahead of time and make sure you have reviewed pricing for each aspect. Don’t let a contractor start demolition until a full design plan has been discussed, outlined and built all on paper first. ‘Scope Creep’ is a sure fire way to go over your stated budget. Also, choose all of your materials before the pricing is finalized. Materials can have a huge price variance, so knowing your actual costs before signing a contract will help rule out those potential budget busters. Cabinets alone can range tens of thousands of dollars. Make sure you know the layout, manufacturer, style and finish before swinging the first hammer. Finally, if at all possible, sign a contract that is below your max budget. More often than not, unforeseen damages or hidden obstacles will present during your remodel, and you want to have enough contingency available to be able to address those things.
What kind of insurances should a Remodel company have?
A General Contracting company should at a minimum have a bond. This is a state requirement. It is also important to go above the most basic coverages and have general liability insurance. This insurance covers the home in case of contractor induced damage. Workman’s compensation insurance covers all employees on the job site in case of accidental injury.
How will I know where and how to shop for the materials I need?
Our design team will direct all of your shopping trips. On many occasions, we will accompany our clients to our preferred vendor locations. At other times, we will set appointments for homeowner with manufacturer representatives in order for them to receive the full education and product knowledge before making a selection.
What happens if I have a questions about quality control on my project?
Any quality control questions can be brought up at any time. We will work together to ensure that the issue is addressed. If there is ever a question on acceptable standards, we will refer to the NAHB Residential Construction Performance Guidelines, 4th Edition.
Should I expect to receive change orders on my project?
Change orders will be written for a variety of reasons, all of which can be found explained in the build contract. Scope-of-work changes are the main source of increased costs. For example, a homeowner may decide during a kitchen remodel that the living room fireplace should coordinate with the new space. At that time, the Design Team would make suggestions on how to best tie in the fireplace and then the client would have the opportunity to accept that change order or reject it. Concealed damages are another area where change orders can be issued. If a wall is removed and water damage is revealed, the contractor will inform the homeowner of the discovery and then suggest the best course of action to repair. Again, the homeowner can either approve or reject this suggestion. More often than not, homeowners appreciate the contractor not taking shortcuts or just covering up damaged or problem areas.