For many people dealing with their First time Renovation and the design process, it can be a little overwhelming. Even for those who have been through it before-this Renovation 101 primer post can serve as a refresher course. Who do you turn to? What resources are out there? Why should you believe us? or Aunt Ethel? How about some advice for first time renovation-Call me @ 914 674 2950, let’s discuss your situation.
We listen well. We ask a lot of questions. We pull on the same end of the rope with you. This saves time, reduces fees and results in happier clients.
Hell yes, going through a construction project is a big commitment. Indecision and cold feet are perfectly normal in this situation. The amount of time and money, energy & decisions is considerable. Thinking about the inconvenience and apprehensions about possibly living out of your house or having your office compromised for a few months can be daunting.
Especially if you have not been through it before. But we have, over 400 times….You’ve heard the horror stories and don’t want any part of that. Delays, cost overruns, …We have plans and tactics to get you through it, with little drama and actual fun. Battle-tested checklists, schedules, templates and ways of monitoring that are sensible and enforceable.
But the doubters and their second thoughts linger- how will I know?.. The more you know, the less you fear. The more you prepare and remove the possibility of failure- the fear subsides when you start. All the planning, research, and due diligence are what largely is your protection and comfort for your first time renovation. Managing expectations is critical-which happens through knowledge. https://seconarchitect.com/7-rookie-mistakes-before-you-start-construction/
4. Obtain construction schedules. Anticipate, question, ask to follow up questions until it makes sense.
5. Monitor, notice, observe, question- require accountability from all parties. Ask, Question, Delve deeper.
6. Pay promptly, answer quickly, be present
7. Deliver materials that you buy when needed.
It can also be awesome!
The construction process can also be a lot of fun since the project’s transformation is often so radical that clients cannot quite believe the extents of the changes. It can also be transformative for kids to watch the changes occur and nice relationships that are built with the contractors are very common.
Really, in 20 years, that’s over 400 projects, we only had to replace one contractor- since he went bankrupt, https://seconarchitect.com/contractor-bankruptcy/ and had so many other issues well-concealed. But we quickly resurrected the project and got it done.
Since the result is what it’s all about, clients have a universal reaction…Which is “Why didn’t we do this earlier?”
How many investments can you actually live in and appreciate- if you build it in a sensible Renovation 101 manner?
Where’s Bob? Bob is the General Contractor on one of my projects. (love this photo below!) Construction delays and related mysteries happen for many reasons. (And Courtney the plumbing sub on another project too!) It’s the second day in a row that he’s a no show. Al, the electrician is on the job. So is […]
This guest blog post is written by Bari Goldstein a wonderful professional organizer who can be reached at 914 262 9639 or Bari@letsgetitdoneny.com. Get organized before your project. DECLUTTER! DECLUTTER! DECLUTTER! This is the perfect time to take stock of the items that are important and useful to you vs. the items you no longer […]
Project planning? I just love the image of someone trying to get control of these critters and making them behave. The analogy of course, is the players who contribute to a construction project: The Owners, Builders, Architects, Engineers, Inspectors, Vendors, Neighbors etc. Each party convinced they are doing their part perfectly…Call me @ 914 674 2950, let’s […]
” Those that fail to plan, plan to fail”. Trite but true. Rookie mistakes stink. So, actually there are more than these 7 rookie mistakes to avoid before you start construction! It is the fundamental need to prepare for your project before the construction begins. There is no way to go back to a point in time […]