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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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How Much Does Your Contractor Care About Continuing Education?

At B&E General Contractors, we believe strongly in staying on top of the ongoing developments in the home improvement industry. Mark Brick has made it a priority to continually improve his knowledge and skills so he can deliver the best product and service for his valued clients.

Our continuing education allows our crews to recommend superior products, provide energy and technology-efficient suggestions, and provides homeowners with a heightened experiential value.

Continuing Education isn’t just about technology and efficiency, it also involves design:  deftly incorporating aging-in-place design and modifications, adaptable products, and products that incorporate safety ( i.e. non-slip tile surfaces, barrier-free thresholds, and appliance placement). By incorporating our knowledge into your home remodeling project, you make life easier for yourself and increase the resale value of your home.

Proud of the emphasis placed on continuing education for the benefit of our clients, Mark has earned the following certifications;

  • MCR, Master Certified Remodeler
  • CGR, Certified Graduate Remodeler
  • CAPS, Certified Aging in Place Specialist
  • UDCP, Universal Design Certified Professional
  • CR, Certified Remodeler
  • Lead Safe Renovator, accredited by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Health Services.

It is the privilege and honor of Mark Brick, and the entire staff of B&E General Contractors, Inc., to represent the Milwaukee remodeling industry in a fair, ethical, and professional manner. Whether it is a modest home repair or full scale renovation and / or addition, we are here to make your remodeling experience smooth and satisfactory. Visit B&E at;  http://begeneralcontractors.com/  or give us a call at 414-351-5558.