Navigating a Home Remodel: What You Can Expect
As a design build firm, Normandy takes away the hassle of coordinating a remodel or home addition. Why? We combine interior design, architecture and construction under one roof. With us, you will work with a designer, who will be your point of contact for your project. While remodeling can seem overwhelming, your designer will help to guide you through the process, ensuring that you make informed decisions that will result in a beautiful, functional and personalized new space.
“When working with a designer, you don’t have to have a solid idea of what you want to do – that’s what we are here for,” said Normandy Designer Lisa McManus, ASID. “To start, we will help you figure out a floor plan and come up with a general direction.”
As you go-to throughout your remodel, here are a few areas that your designer will be a valuable resource:
Advising on Materials – A meeting will take place in the Normandy showroom to pick out all of your selections, including cabinets, tile, fixtures and exterior details. Your designer will help to provide information about the options and materials available and will help to coordinate the aesthetic that you want.
“It’s important to weigh all of your options, especially when choosing to work with natural materials. For example, wood can expand or contract with weather. Or, consider that there are certain stones that can stain more easily or require more maintenance than others,” said Lisa.
“It doesn’t mean you can’t use them, it is just important to be aware of all the possibilities.”
Budgets and Timing – Staying on budget is a critical element of every remodel. As your advocate from design through construction, your designer will help you make choices that make the most of your dollar and ensure that you don’t fall victim to “scope creep.”
“Because we are design build, we are both the designer and the installer. Therefore, we are able to design a project that we know will meet a specific price target,” noted Lisa. “We find this path to be far more predictable and significantly less stressful than working with a designer or architect who may create a solution that you love, but you find out later that the cost to build the design is far beyond your budget.”
Keeping the entire team under one roof also creates a significant benefit when it comes to timing. “Communication flows freely across the design,
architecture, and construction experts, which mean any potential delays or challenges can be spotted quickly and resolved without delay,” says Lisa.
Fostering Collaboration and Accommodating Changes – If couples don’t agree, compromise is important. A designer is great at coming up with new options and perspectives to help come up with a solution agreeable to both parties.
All in all, designers will take in your input and create a design that works for you. You’ll have a say on your drawings and most likely will meet to make changes and updates after you have mulled everything over.
“Nobody has to have all the answers. As designers, we are there to help and instill trust in the process,” said Lisa. “There is also a lot of opportunity to change your mind during the course of the selection process. However, these changes are typically things like cabinetry and layout, not completely changing the course of the renovation.”
“All of these changes are determined before signing off, which is when we order materials for installation.”
Set up a time to meet with Lisa if you are interested is having a smooth and successful remodeling experience. You can also register to attend one of our upcoming seminars to learn more about the process and what you can expect during a kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel or home addition. Or, follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see beautiful and innovative designs.
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