You have done your research. Now you are ready to turn your vision of a beautifully renovated home into a reality. But, how can you ensure a seamless and efficient renovation process?
Look no further than the design-remodel approach. By collaborating with a single contractor you can maximize your budget, tailor the project to your specific needs, and minimize the stress associated with a home remodeling project.
Discover the numerous benefits of our Outer Banks design-build firm’s project development process and gain insights into key design and construction considerations for an efficient home renovation (or new construction) project.
Understanding the Design-Remodel Process
When Premiere Contracting is responsible for your home renovation we offer a comprehensive design-remodel process that takes full responsibility for every aspect of your project. As the homeowner, your involvement is simplified.
We serve as your dedicated design-build contractor all the way from the initial planning stages to the final construction walk-through. We handle it all. You will only need to sign a single contract to streamline the entire journey.
Our approach integrates various stages of the initial planning and design phase to execute flawless finishes and high-quality construction. By centralizing control, and minimizing miscommunications, and potential delays, we ensure a more efficient construction timeline.
We also understand the challenges and stress that often accompany home renovations. That is why we alleviate the burdens of interviewing multiple designers, bidding with contractors, and managing the project independently. With our design-remodel approach, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a timely and budget-friendly completion, while we handle all the intricate details and complexities of your remodel.
Design-Remodel Advantages Over Traditional Home Renovations
Embarking on major home renovations can be an overwhelming prospect. There are a multitude of professionals involved in the process. Traditional home remodeling projects typically require various experts including architects, designers, engineers, the general contractor or builder, and specialized contractors for plumbing, electrical work, and more.
In the conventional construction contract model the homeowner hires an architect to develop design plans that are subsequently put up for bidding by professional builders and contractors who will execute the plans. Throughout the traditional remodeling process, homeowners often find themselves caught in the middle, acting among all parties involved.
With so many moving parts involved with the traditional remodeling approach, the likelihood of miscommunication along the way can increase significantly leading to frustrating and potentially costly errors. The design-remodel approach to renovations takes away the demands of extensive time spent on communication, schedule coordination, and sourcing trustworthy professionals away from the homeowner and places them on the design-build contractor that manages the project from design to demolition to final project completion.
How the Design-Remodel Process Works
The design-remodel process works to streamline your remodeling project with improved cost efficiencies, improved communication, and a single point of contact for the homeowner throughout the entire renovation journey.
You will have a project manager that acts as your main point of contact during every phase of the design-build process. They will also help you track the project’s budget, and mitigate design execution, material procurement, and communication between the homeowner and all third parties.
Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect from your project manager through pre-design, integrated design, pre-construction planning, and construction stages.
The Pre-Design Phase
We set the stage for a design-remodeling project during the pre-design phase. Before the actual design work can begin we have to assess the scope of the project and set realistic expectations.
The pre-design phase gives us a better understanding of the project’s requirements, constraints, and possibilities we can implement during the subsequent designing phase. Here is an overview of what typically takes place in the pre-design phase!
In-Home Consultation & Site Evaluations
For all renovation projects, we recommend our homeowners start their projects with an initial in-home consultation with us. The meeting allows us to discuss your goals, budget, and preferences for remodeling and establish the scope.
At this time we also conduct an evaluation of the property and existing structures. We also take accurate measurements and photos of your existing property. The assessment helps us to note any architectural features, limitations, or challenges that factor into our ability to rehab the space.
The initial consultation also allows us to examine zoning regulations, building codes, and other considerations that vary from town to town on the beach. When you build on a complex coastal environment like the Outer Banks, site evaluations and meeting zoning requirements are necessary if you want your project to meet completion!
The Fully Integrated Design Development Phase
Our remodeling approach relies heavily on our fully integrated design development process. Our expert designers use software to help you actually see and visualize your dream kitchen layout, bathroom, or complete home renovation.
The design development phase is an ongoing collaboration between our design-build team and the homeowner. You can provide us with feedback, questions, and modifications, throughout the entire design phase. In the end, we will have a finalized set of detailed plans that outline your objectives and serve as our blueprint for the construction phase.
Here are a couple of the ways our designers are able to create plans from initial design concepts to approved construction plans.
Floor Plan (Re)-Creations
The design phase relies heavily on the on-site research and surveys we completed during the pre-design phase. We will provide you with new floor plans based on our notes, measurements, and inspiration photos you provide.
Floor plan creation allows us to address and visualize any structural changes for wall removals or room additions. You can compare the layouts from our before and after plans to note further details you may want to consider too.
To fully integrate our design phase into construction, our design team works with you to select specific materials, fixtures and finishes to incorporate into your remodel. Our design and construction team can recommend customized products for paint colors, kitchen cabinets, countertops, flooring, bathroom tiles, lighting, and more.
We are well-versed in the latest home design and construction trends. We will review our renderings with you and our crew of sub-contractors and vendors so you can feel confident moving forward with your decision during construction.
To further visualize and fully integrate our designs, we create detailed 2D and can do 3D renderings of your space if desired. Our design-build team further develops floor plan sketches into a refined representation of the proposed design.
You will be able to see your modeled space from different vantage points virtually. Our renderings are a great way to walk and talk through your project.
Pre-Construction Project Planning
The pre-construction project planning phase is one of the most important stages of the design-remodel process. Here we complete various reviews and tasks to prepare for the actual construction work to begin.
Keeping an open line of communication is vital during the pre-construction and construction phase. We will reach out regularly to keep you updated on the status of your upcoming project regularly and will want to hear your feedback.
Final Design & Budget Review
Before the pre-construction phase really begins design plans must be finalized, approved, and signed off by the homeowner. At this point, your project manager will meet with you at our office to present our floor plans, design renderings, final budget, and contract with you.
We also will review budget breakdowns for individual items and the step-by-step process we will take to complete your project as your contractor. At this point, if there are any places where you want to scale back on large expenses to meet your budget you can address them here.
Obtain Building Permits
The next step in the pre-construction process is to obtain the required building permits and approvals from the correct local authorities. The rules and codes can vary from town to town. Typically we have to pay a permit fee and submit the design plans for approval.
Sometimes we may have to provide more information if they are requested by the authorities. Other times, we may have to revise our plans to have final the legal go-ahead to start building.
If any design changes must be developed to procure a permit we review the necessary adjustments with the homeowner. It’s our job as a contractor to align the design with your vision while meeting all applicable building regulations.
Project Scheduling & Material Procurement
Before we can even start thinking about construction we have to set a construction project schedule. As your design-build contractor, we collaborate with suppliers, vendors, and subcontractors to establish a realistic and coordinated schedule for every stage of the remodeling project.
We also want to prioritize the best dates that work for you as the homeowner! Together we will select the project start and goal completion date.
That is why during the pre-construction planning stage we determine the exact sequence of work to coordinate with the specialized tradespeople that work with us on specific aspects of projects.
Part of this includes scheduling dates for specialized tradespeople to work on specific aspects of the renovations. It also requires procuring delivery of the right building materials, fixtures, appliances and finishes on time.
If we are working in an area you will live in throughout our renovation, you will also want to start removing your personal belongings and furniture from the areas that will be directly impacted by the construction. This helps protect your possessions from potential damage during the construction process and allows for easier access and movement for the construction team.
Additionally, for projects that involve extensive site preparation, such as home additions or major structural changes, we may need to set up safety procedures and take measures to protect the surrounding environment This can include installing temporary fencing, securing the construction site to prevent unauthorized access, taking erosion prevention measures, and implementing safety protocols to ensure the well-being of both the construction team and any occupants in the vicinity.
We will provide guidance on what needs to be done in terms of site preparation, including any specific instructions or recommendations. By working together and following the site preparation guidelines, we can create a safe and conducive environment for the construction work to take place while minimizing disruptions and ensuring the protection of your property.
Construction Implementation Phase
The construction implementation phase begins on the start date we selected during pre-construction timeline scheduling. This is the stage where your vision and plans for renovation truly come to life.
Our experienced construction team will execute the construction plans with precision and attention to detail, ensuring the highest quality craftsmanship and adherence to timelines.
Demolition & Building
During the construction phase remodeling really encompasses demolition and building. In the demolition phase, we remove any of the existing structures, fixtures, and elements that need to be replaced or modified as a part of the project.
Demos can include tearing down walls, removing floors and cabinets, or extracting vital home systems. You may want to set up temporary living arrangements for this phase to minimize any disruptions during the demolition especially if there are important areas that will not be accessible for a kitchen or bathroom remodel.
Once the demolition is complete, the building phase begins. This is when the construction of your new space or the renovation of existing areas takes place. Our skilled team of builders, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and other professionals will work diligently to bring your vision to life.
During the construction phase, you can expect your project manager to be actively engaged in the construction activities, managing the various aspects of the project. We will closely monitor the progress of the construction work to ensure that it aligns with the agreed-upon schedule and meets the highest standards of workmanship.
We will provide regular updates on the progress of the project, address any questions or concerns you may have, and keep you informed about any important decisions or changes that may arise. Our goal is to ensure that you are fully involved and informed throughout the construction process, allowing for a collaborative and enjoyable experience.
Final Walk Throughs & Inspections
Once construction is cleaned up and the paint has dried, we can set up our walk-through together. This stage normally happens when the project is almost completed.
The homeowner along with all relevant contractors will go through the newly renovated space and examine the overall quality, test appliances, and check compliance with the design plans. We also set up the final inspection with the town to ensure everything is up to code.
If there are any issues such as cosmetic imperfections or deviations we will document them. Items that require further attention will be resolved by your design-build contractor.
Benefits of Design-Build for Outer Banks Home Remodels
There are plenty of benefits to having a design-build firm like Premiere Contracting handle your entire home remodeling project from start to finish. No matter the size or complexity of your remodel we are able to help you throughout every phase of your renovation.
If you are considering your Outer Banks remodel you can streamline your process with our collaborative design-remodel approach that helps you:
- Maximize your budget
- Minimize stress
- Improve communication
- Visualize your design
- Prioritize craftsmanship
Overall, the design-remodel approach offers a seamless, efficient, and collaborative process, that results from a home renovation that goes beyond the traditional model to meet the homeowner’s needs and expectations. Contact us to get started on your project!