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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

It’s All In The Details Of Your Home – Staircases

Step by step, what path will you take today?

Since you will spend a significant portion of your life in your home, it makes sense to ensure your home is visually appealing as well as functional. Today, let’s take a look at staircases.

As you move between levels, don’t allow your route to be monotonous. Consider a spiral staircase. Realtors always talk about curb appeal outside; Allow your staircase to have curve-appeal.

downward spiral stair

For more variety and beauty, dress up your banisters and railings with wrought iron, bamboo, wood, and crystals. A combination of these materials can be very stunning and yet functional. There are no rules saying a staircase must be mundane. As long as it is structurally safe, the sky’s the limit. Elevate your staircase and your movement.

Protruding Balconylooking down stairs

For children’s rooms, consider a block style stair to a loft area with built in drawers. It’s perfect for function and storage of clothes, toys, or treasures.

We invite you to consult with one of our designers. Your unique renovations are mere steps away. Contact B&E at 414-351-5558 or visit us online at; http://begeneralcontractors.com/