Top 5 Home Remodeling Questions

October 8th 2012

Top 5 Home Remodeling Questions

Home remodeling is a big undertaking, whether it involves a kitchen or bath remodel or a basement remodel or a combination of rooms. Choosing the right contractor and knowing how to expect makes all the difference in the world in terms of the finished project.

No matter how many years Built By Design has been in the remodeling business… No matter how many homes we remodel throughout Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park and Leawood, Kansas… Our contractors are asked the same questions by homeowners. It makes sense. After all, this is your home we’re talking about—probably one of your biggest investments. Remodeling has to add value both financially and to your lifestyle.

How much will remodeling my kitchen, basement or master bath cost?

Kitchen and basement remodels are considered a major remodeling project. For major remodeling jobs, expect to invest 15% to 25% of your home’s value. Of course, materials and other factors affect the cost. For example, marble flooring is more expensive than wood.

Bath or master bath remodels are usually considered minor remodeling projects. You can expect to invest 10% to 20% of your home’s value for these types of projects. Again, tastes in materials vary and would increase or decrease the cost.

Though these figures are an excellent guideline, some homeowners go well above to get exactly what they want. However, if recouping much of your investment in remodeling at resale is important, you will want to ensure your home isn’t priced out of your Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park or Leawood, Kansas real estate market. A $10,000 wine cellar is well worth the money to serious wine connoisseurs. But it could be difficult for the next owner to justify.

How long will it take to finish the remodeling project?

A major remodeling project done the right way, pulling permits, undergoing city inspections, using professional tradesmen (plumbers, electricians, etc.), and planning for changes here and there takes three to four months. Doing quality remodeling work takes time. And we think it’s better to do it right than do it fast or cut corners.

Does Built By Design do everything?

Absolutely. In fact, this is where most discrepancies in bids come in. Our remodeling bids are all-inclusive. Meaning they include everything from the permits to the clean up. If there are no changes made during the project, the original estimated cost is what you’ll pay.

What happens if I want to make changes along the way of the remodeling project?

Nothing tragic. We expect changes and when there are, we give you the cost for those upfront too. We’ve heard too many stories about the final cost giving homeowners quite a shock once everything is added in. That’s just not fair or the way we do business. The ultimate goal is to give you the kitchen, basement or bath you always envisioned. If it takes a few tweaks, then so be it.

How do I pick out the materials I want like flooring, paint, tile, countertops, fixtures, etc.?

Our suppliers have showrooms where you can touch, feel and compare all of your choices. We can also provide samples when available for materials like paint and granite. We always encourage you to visit the showrooms personally because quality is something best judged in person. Glossy magazine pictures make any material and fixture look good.

Have a burning question about remodeling a home in Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park and Leawood, Kansas? Contact us for the answer. No obligation and we love talking shop.