standards and there are also unique standards installers use but
your remodeler should be walking you through those standards so
you are well aware of anything you may not care for.
3 Design to Build Don't design without the involvement of your construction team, as their knowledge and exper- tise is key to the creation and installation of your
space. Sometimes a design can be overly complex (expensive)
– but by applying construction knowledge, the same feel and
effect can be achieved with less complexity (less expensive).
Do expect the design team to include a design board of selections (including pictures of the actual selections) and –almost
more importantly – the designer's installation instruction for
the installer. This should include where hardware is placed
on cabinets, where tile lines break, where a filler on a cabinet
may be, etc. These small details have a huge impact on your
expectation, so they should be a part of the documented design
details that you sign off on.
4 Expect Longevity Don't let one year be your expectation of quality. Most professional remodelers and design-build remodelers want to deliver great work and quality.
REMODELING YOUR HOME?
Sooner or later you may join the millions of people who remodel their
homes each year. Perhaps it’s at that moment when you realize that
avocado green and harvest gold are no longer the “in” colors for
today’s trendy kitchens. Or maybe you have an epiphany one day as
you stand in line to use your own bathroom. Whatever the impetus, the
thought crosses your mind: Maybe it’s time to start a home remodel.
The reasons for home remodeling are as varied as the projects we
Some of these include:
WHERE TO BEGIN
• Adding more space
• Upgrading cabinets, counters, appliances and fixtures
• Creating a floor plan that’s customized for your lifestyle
• Increasing the resale value of your home
• Improving energy efficiency with new windows, doors,
insulation, and climate control systems
The first step is to develop an idea of what you want to do with your
home remodel. Write a prioritized list of your needs and wants. Look at
magazines and websites and collect pictures of homes or remodeling
projects you like. The more clearly you can envision the project and
describe it on paper, the better prepared you’ll be in making your
You Should Start Here.
Think about traffic patterns, furniture size and placement,
colors, lighting and how you expect to use the remodeled space. If your decision to remodel involves creating
better access for someone with limited mobility, you may
want to consider contacting a Certified Aging-in-Place
You may want to improve home efficiency and hire a
remodeler for green home remodeling. These projects
include replacing windows and doors, upgrading heating
and cooling systems, adding insulation, and other remodeling to make the home more energy-efficient, easier to
maintain, and comfortable.
Figure out how much money you have to spend on the
home remodeling job, furnishings, landscaping or any
other cost you might incur.
CHOOSE YOUR OPTIONS
Once you have created a list of what you would like
out of your home, the next step is to hire a member
of the Professional Remodelers of Oregon (PRO). PRO
remodelers are of the highest integrity and standards in
the industry. For a directory of licensed PRO members of
the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland,