What is a master plan?
A master plan is a long-term outline of a project which includes a series of phases to be carried out.
Why do I have to inventory ALL the rooms and spaces I have on the floor(s) I plan to remodel? What if I know I am not making changes to those spaces?
We realize that you may not wish to make changes to some areas of your home. However, it is important for us to study the entire layout of your current floor(s). This helps us understand what you have an abundance of, what you could use more of, and what might need just a little attention to make it work better for you. Sometimes, simply changing the direction of a door swing or moving one small thing makes a big difference. We need to see the whole floor plan in order to pick up on those details.
Also, building departments often require drawings of the entire floor, not just the portion you are remodeling.
Why do I have to add my garage, deck, and/or porch?
Suggestions for interior remodeling are informed by all of the adjacent spaces, including the exterior spaces. Often, changing the location of a door can make something fit that otherwise wouldn't have. We need to know the shape, size, and location of those structures in order to take those possibilities into account.
How much will it cost to build one of the phases?
This varies widely and depends on many variables, including your local materials and labor costs and whether you will be doing any of the work yourself. To get an idea of construction cost, the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report is a great online resource. You'll also be able to check out the estimated value that your remodeling project will add to your home.
How do I find a good builder?
The National Association of Home Builders maintains a searchable directory of its members online. Ask friends and neighbors for referrals. Look for contractor's yard signs on well-kept project sites in your neighborhood. Interview several, and keep in mind that personality fit and communication style are very important factors.
I have my Remodel by Numbers Master Plan™. What is the next step?
Contact local builders who specialize in remodeling and begin interviewing them. Experienced builders will be able to refer you to their preferred resources for cabinetry design, shopping, drafting, and engineering (if required).
What if I am planning to be my own general contractor?
You will need to find local resources for design, shopping, drafting, engineering (if required) as well as subcontractors for work that you may not be performing yourself (such as mechanical, plumbing, or electrical). Many local product showrooms offer in-house design services either at no charge, or for a fee that is deducted from the price if/when you purchase. If you are planning to do your own permit drawings, you will want to consult with your local jurisdiction to find out what they require.
What if I don't want to do my own measuring?
If you would prefer not to do your own measuring, you could find a local draftsperson or contractor to do this for you. Our step-by-step instructions make it easy, though. Often, buying a friend dinner in return for their help will get it done.
If I ask you to leave a certain area alone, will you?
Yes, but it is much better to ask us to avoid suggesting changes to that area, unless changing it would accomplish something big. That way, you won't be closing the door to an unexpected opportunity. Many of our best projects were initially met with resistance to a certain change that disappeared once the potential became clear.
What if I want my plans to include an addition?
The Remodel by Numbers Master Plan™ is limited to floor plans and does not include elevations (drawings of the side, front, or rear views of your house) or roof shapes. Often, these elements are an important piece of the puzzle for a "just-right" addition. Therefore, these projects are generally better-suited for hands-on design guidance. If this is true for you, contact us for a referral to an architect in your area.
Please note: Simple, single-story additions to the first above-grade story of a home, with design parameters researched and provided by the homeowner, are considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for more information.
What about a dormer addition?
Dormer additions are typically very complex, requiring research and evaluation in many categories, from land use codes to mechanical & plumbing systems. As a result, these projects are better-suited for hands-on design guidance. Contact us for a referral to an architect in your area.
Do you do projects outside the United States?
No, not at this time.