Smart Remodeling Journey; Phase 2 = Design and Product Selection

In the home remodeling process, design and product selection is the creative segment, allowing your personality and lifestyle to integrate and invigorate your project. This is the phase which takes patience and excellent communication.

Design meetings will take place at your home as well as the contractor’s office. Concepts, CAD renderings, and material options involve  an exciting flow of ideas.  Important considerations in the design will be directly related to your municipality’s code requirements.  We invite our clients to begin this phase by composing their “wish list” and their “priority list”. Common threads will appear, but possibly in very different orders.  We also encourage early, up-front conversation about budget, for this will also impact the wish and priority lists, design, and product selections.

The homeowner will  have homework to perform, analyzing their wants versus needs. Is the current home layout being maintained, versus achieving a new efficient footprint?  Family activities must be considered and incorporated into a balanced floor plan that works for all family members. Sustainable practices may allow existing materials to be recycled or incorporated into the new project (i.e. windows, masonry, plumbing fixtures). Aging-in-place factors (no thresholds, wider doorways and halls, lower countertops and appliances, larger hardware) encourage the homeowners to be forward-thinking for the long-term.

Prepare to take your time in this phase; details are your best friend.  Visit your contractor’s preferred vendor showrooms to view fixtures, cabinets, counters, exterior materials, tile, and more.  Specificity will provide you with a clear view of your project’s evolution.

From the “napkin thumbnail sketch”, to computer renderings, to submission to your architectural board…….enjoy this detailed journey.

When you’re ready, let’s meet and begin your personalized creative design process. Call a B&E expert 414-351-5558 or visit us online at; http://begeneralcontractors.com/

 

Click below to review the Phases already covered;

Smart Remodeling Journey

Phase 1 =Planning

Phase 2 =Design/Product Selection

Phase 3 =Meet your Team of Professionals

Phase 4 =Start Your Project

Help B&E Celebrate Our 30th Anniversary

Happy Anniversary!

We invite you to our 30th Anniversary celebration throughout 2015. Since our founding in January 1985, B&E General Contractors has remained steadfast in our mission; providing our home owners with value that is deserved and professionalism that is expected.

We have enjoyed this fabulous journey with you, our loyal clients, employees, distributors, subcontractors, family and friends.

Remodeling involves a community of support and we are proud to have flourished for 30 years in southeast Wisconsin within this cherished community.

B&E has been at the forefront of embracing change within our industry: from lead pencil sketches to CAD design, Xerox machines to smart phone instant communications. Continuing education. Advanced  Certifications. Additional licensures. Incorporating energy efficient materials, recycling and re-purposing, all of this for the benefit of you the consumer.

We are proud to use local vendors, subcontractors and materials whenever possible. We depend upon each other to maintain our community growth and stability.

B&E has always maintained a “give back policy”. Whether constructing playhouses for charity auctions or bringing tech school students to project sites for “real world” training, it is our goal to always support those who support us.

Like the 30th Anniversary Pearl, starting small as sand and transforming into a polished jewel, follow our upcoming anniversary columns to enjoy our growth, evolution, and future.

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Smart Remodeling Journey; Phase 1 = Planning

In the Remodeling Process a Smart Start = Valued Results. This week’s article is the first installment of 4 segments that outline the remodeling process to help you understand the journey.

Smart Remodeling Journey;  Phase 1 = Planning

January in Wisconsin. If you’re experiencing cabin/castle fever, put that pent-up energy to “construction use” by planning home improvement projects that will enhance your home and lifestyle.

Planning is crucial for your renovation’s success. Allow dedicated time to research and budget for your home project. Information you gather will lead to better understanding of the remodeling processes and thus your intended results will meet your expectations.

Ideas take time to develop. When it comes to your home, you want to be sure you make the right choice the first time. Function, value, and budget are the key components that must coordinate to create your desired project.

Determine your key priorities to accomplish. Consider the best materials, features, and option for your use. Decide on a realistic projected budget. Always include amenities and specialty adaptations to be incorporated. (i.e. universal access, mobility, etc.)

As you survey your home, make a checklist of features to be improved; traffic flow, failing materials, inadequate storage, etc.  An in-home consultation outlining all of these checkpoints is your introductory phase to remodeling.  Create your wish and priority lists first. Let’s meet and begin your personalized creative process. Call a B&E expert 414-351-5558 or visit us online at; http://begeneralcontractors.com/

 

Next week’s segment;  Phase 2 =Design/Product Selection