Frequently Asked Questions
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO REMODEL MY HOME?
This is a very common question, and can be the most difficult one to answer. The length of construction time can vary greatly depending on the size and scope of work to be completed. Here are some general estimates for “middle of the road” sized projects:
Kitchen and Bath Remodel: An average kitchen and bathroom remodel usually takes about 4 to 8 weeks.
Home Addition: Depending on square footage, a simple living room addition or bedroom with a bathroom takes about 3 to 4 months.
Whole House Remodel: When making a major addition and re-doing most of the house, the project length can vary greatly. Most projects of this nature take 2 to 5 months to complete from start to finish.
We prepare a construction schedule for each remodeling project based on our full understanding of the scope. We also work together with the homeowner to ensure it can be completed within the estimated time frame.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A MAJOR HOME REMODEL?
There are a variety of ways to invest in your home, and countless reasons to do so. In our 40-plus years in the remodeling business, we’ve seen why our clients have chosen to remodel their homes in lieu of moving. Here are some of the reasons they’ve mentioned to us:
“We love our neighborhood/neighbors.”
“The location is perfect for work, life, and our daily activities.”
“Our children are well established in the school system.”
“We’ve looked at new construction and have realized that there is more value in staying and remodeling.”
DO I HAVE TO MOVE OUT?
Please realize part of the decision to stay in the house during the remodel will depend on your tolerance level for disruption of your normal routines at home. Since all we do is residential remodeling, we know how to work with you and your family. We are experts at protection of your home and belongings. Of course some jobs encompass so much of the house that it would be impractical for anyone to try to live there during the remodel. Other jobs are more modest in scope and leave large parts of the house untouched. We find that with the proper protection and use of temporary walls and doors most people can live in the house during these types of remodels.
WILL THE REMODEL BE NOISY? WHEN?
Construction is inherently noisy; there will be noise at varying levels throughout the home renovation process. We will give you advance notice during the really noisy phases, particularly, concrete cutting, tile cutting, floor sanding, etc. so that you can plan your days accordingly.
WILL IT BE REALLY DUSTY AND DIRTY?
The dust and dirt will be the worst in the demolition phase. Once we've got things stripped down to the frame, things will be fairly clean. Drywall installation and sanding will create a lot of very fine dust for a few days. We do our very best to seal off the rest of the house, but a little dust will always get through. It's a good idea to throw a plastic sheet over nearby sensitive items like electronics or fine furniture during this phase.
DO YOU USE SUB-CONTRACTORS?
Yes. We believe that you will get a project with the highest level of quality and craftsmanship by using the best companies in each field of your project. To handle specific mechanicals such as HVAC, electrical and plumbing, and other skilled trades such as drywall, tile and granite, we do rely on reputable subcontractors to help complete our projects. All of our subcontractors must meet our guidelines and expectations. We use the same trade contractors over and over. The subcontractors have been selected from the very best over the last 40 years. You can be assured that the quality of the work is top of the line.
WILL I BE WITHOUT POWER/WATER/GAS DURING THE REMODEL?
Depending on the scope of your home remodeling project, there will likely be some brief interruption to utilities. During the demolition phase, and when we bring in the rough trades (electrical, plumbing, HVAC), electrical, water and gas may need to be shut off anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. If we are connecting new gas pipes to your existing pipes, we will need to unhook your gas appliances and test the whole system for leaks. This could take a whole day. Moving an electrical panel or upgrading an electrical panel will likely also take a whole day. In any case, we will give you advance warning so that you can plan accordingly.
DO I NEED TO MAKE DECISIONS ON APPLIANCES, FIXTURES, ETC?
We have a detailed schedule that keeps you apprised of daily activity, and also alerts you to approaching deadlines for selections and pending decisions.
Following this schedule and meeting these deadlines assures that the workflow will continue uninterrupted. We work with you to clarify your options, and answer any questions.
DO I NEED A PERMIT?
A general rule of thumb is that a permit will be required if structural alterations are required or if the general living area of the home is changed.
IF I NEED A PERMIT, DO YOU HANDLE ALL OF THE NECESSARY PERMITS?
Yes, as your design-build contractor we can handle any necessary permits. The permitting process has become more complex over time because of changing laws and regulations. Being aware of what kinds of questions to ask, and when to ask them, can save valuable time, energy and expense. We have the advantage of working with the various permitting agencies throughout San Diego County and understand how to effectively navigate the process.
HOW LONG WILL MY HOME RENOVATION PROJECT TAKE?
Each home remodel is unique, so this question isn't as cut and dry as one might think. The duration of your project depends on multiple aspects, including size of the renovation project, scope of work and materials/finishes used. We prepare a construction schedule for each remodeling project based on our full understanding of the scope. We also work together with the homeowner to ensure it can be completed within the estimated time frame.
WHAT IS YOUR GUARANTEE?
We warranty all labor in our contract work with homeowner to be free from defects in workmanship for a period of oneyear.