Well we are a full month and a half into this remodel process, and we’ve made progress, but it’s been A LOT of hurry up and wait.
Despite having a super long closing period with the house (in order for us to interview, and choose various contractors), we JUST recently signed our contract and are finally on our merry little way.
We have received SO many questions about our process, and for the sake of helping others (because Lord knows we’ve leaned on a ton of people along the way), I plan to share each step, and source, of our process in hopes that it can help guide you if you decide to take something like this on.
Family room fireplace and built-ins
Most of you know the story of how we purchased the house, and once we were under contract, we began interviewing architects. Let me just tell you, my husband has done his due diligence in this arena and secured 10-15 different bids from people for the same service. In this crazy market, this is so necessary, and it has paid off. Our architect bids ranged in price from $1,500-$33,000.
For the SAME job.
That is just as ridiculous as it sounds.
This clued us in right away, that for each bid we received, it was going to be imperative if we plan to stay on budget, for us to talk to everyone and anyone qualified to do the job – referrals preferred.
Anyway, plans were drafted by our architect (took roughly 2-3 weeks for turnaround) and then we could begin contacting General Contractors. The GC bids had a similar range in price scope so ultimately we chose to hire a GC with a “time and materials” structure. This seems to be the best method for us, as it allows us to partially GC it ourselves, without truly having to be the GC (eliminates overhead cost built in to a normal GC bid). It’s sort of a hybrid “DIY/hire-it-out” method.
Former sunken family room converted to new first floor 3/4 bath & guest room
[*NOTE: this method is not for everyone. It is VERY involved in our end. Plenty of people want/need to be able to pass the baton to a General Contractor and have them manage the job from start to finish. So while a “time and materials” method is very cost effective, know that it is very involved on our end and both of us are putting in plenty of hours each week coordinating various things (a job a normal GC would do).]
At the same time as we were securing bids from contractors and sub-contractors, we also had to submit for permits to the city because we structurally were changing so much within the home, including vaulting the ceiling. If you are just doing a cosmetic remodel, this step is not necessary. But vaulting will make a huge difference to our new open-concept floor plan, so this process took roughly 6 weeks and was managed mostly by our architect.
That brings us to today.
Framing has begun and they are flying.
Vaulted ceiling in process.
Our estimate for the whole job start to finish is roughly 4 months.
New kitchen window & wood swing cross-buck door to our back patio
With school starting in September (and this move requiring us to switch schools), we are pushing hard to stick to this schedule.
Stay tuned for Phase 2 of the remodel process, which includes setting the schedule for build out and actually starting the work!
Again, hopefully this is helpful to at least one of you, and know that we plan to be an open book about this process along the way, so feel free to contact me with any additional questions!
And for anyone wondering what the finished product will look like, check out my Pinterest and Houzz boards for the pics that are inspiring me right now.