When it comes to remodeling or renovating your home, there are many documents and steps you need to take before you get started. In this blog, I will highlight what these are and also talk about how an Architect can handle many of these tasks – ultimately relieving you of the stress of the situation.
So first things first, you need to decide what budget you’re willing to set forth for a home renovation or remodel. Do you want to re-do your whole kitchen, add an addition or just briefly update the home? An architect will be able to help you understand what exactly is possible within your budget constraints.
Next, you will need a design and 3d renderings of the project so that you can visualize the outcome! This is part of the process that requires true architecture practices. In order to make sure everything is correct within the design, it is important to employ the services of an architect. Further than that, these are the designs that you will present to village to obtain the proper building permits. They must meet a certain standard to ensure that you don’t run into issues with your local town, city or village, which brings us to our next point.
Dealing with village architecture boards and commissions can be an extremely frustrating and time consuming. This is something that JP Architects, Ltd. will undertake as part of the fees that you pay. Once the village approves everything and the permit is obtained, it is time for you to begin bidding the project out to builders.
A lot of the time, homeowners don’t have a ‘book’ of builders on hand. JP Architects, Ltd. has established relationships with many builders and can provide you with information on how to contact them and obtain the most competitive bids – ultimately saving you money on your renovation. This is another benefit of using an architecture firm / architect!
Once you have received all bids and selected a builder, JP Architects, Ltd. will help you report this information to the local municipality, and then it is officially time to begin the construction process. This is an exciting, but stressful undertaking; however, with an architecture firm, like JP Architects, Ltd. onsite, you can be assured that the project will run smoothly and on schedule.
JP Architects, Ltd. specifically includes construction administration as part of our services to make sure your project runs according to the plans. As I have said in previous blogs, this is not common within the industry, but we want to make sure that you’re comfortable and satisfied throughout the whole process.
Now that you know a little about the process, it is time to get started on your home renovation / remodel. Give us a call today at 708.907.3651 so we can help you create the home of your dreams!
Until next time,
Jose R. Pareja, AIA