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Smart Remodeling Journey; Phase 3 = Meet Your Team of Professionals

Remodeling is a unique experience. You live with the progress of your project on a daily basis, adjusting your lifestyle, schedule and habits accordingly.  The hallmark of a smoothly-expedited renovation project is excellent communication.   Through excellent communication and interaction, we are able to create the new home environment you envision, with the least amount of stress and interruption. This is accomplished using the maximum amount of good humor and flexibility which leads to success.

This communication occurs on multiple levels: between homeowners and the contractor, owner and lead field expediter, owner and inside office staff and schedulers, expediter and all team members and vendors, and the contractor communicating effectively with all parties.  That’s a lot of personal involvement on a daily basis! How does this begin?

Prior to the start of a project, we believe in “meeting your team”.  Our field expediter, along with our contractor, will have a one-to-one on-site conference, to review your specific project.   Project details, blueprints, and procedural schedules will be discussed. The homeowners will understand our field and in-house operations, plus receive all important contact phone numbers, fax and email contacts. Any special job site precautions will be discussed, as well as the owners’ preferred method of contracting traffic flow within the home, use of house facilities, and respect for the owners’ property and privacy.

There may also be a subcontractor meeting, allowing the licensed subcontractors a preview of the project and allow for any detail fact-finding prior to the job’s start.

With a plethora of technology, we will stay in touch with you in whatever manner you desire: phone conversation, email, fax, scans, and of course, in-person.

There is no such thing as “too much information” when remodeling.  An informed homeowner is an involved homeowner, and that breeds success and satisfaction.

When you’re ready, let’s meet and begin your personalized home improvement 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

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/

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.