Vision to Victory Chronicle Article

The following article  “Vision to Victory – Experience a successful remodeling journey” written by Will Cole was published in the December 17, 2023 edition of the Houston Chronicle.

Successfully remodeling a home involves a strategic, well-planned approach that typically has several stages and numerous decisions.

Your first decision is the most important, the selection of a Remodeler.  Check with your local Building Association (the GHBA) and definitely check their rating with the local Better Business Bureau.  After that, find one that you really get along with.  Someone that understands you.  Because you’re going to spend a lot of time together.

The initial stage is Planning and Design. This is where you define your objectives, establish a budget, and collaborate with the remodeler/designer team to create detailed plans. This crucial step sets the foundation for the entire project, guiding decisions on layout, materials, and overall aesthetic.

The next stage is Permitting and Approvals.  Your remodeler should help navigate local building codes and regulations, securing necessary permits and approvals for the impending work. This ensures compliance with legal requirements and sets the stage for a smooth construction process.

Demolition and Preparation follows.  This is when things really start to change.  Out with the old and in most cases the removal of some existing structures or elements.  On additions the site is marked and prepared for construction.  This stage lays the groundwork for the upcoming construction phase.

The next phase is Construction.  Things start to speed up as designs from the planning stage start to take shape.  This includes structural work, installation of essential systems like plumbing and electrical, and the addition of finishes such as flooring and cabinetry. This stage breathes life into the envisioned design, transforming plans into a tangible reality.

The final stage is characterized by Project Completion. This includes final touches and final inspections. During this phase, fixtures, appliances, and decorative elements are installed.  The punch list, a list of minor tasks to be completed, is handled bringing the project to completion.  After final inspections are passed, the remodeling project is officially finished, and the homeowners can enjoy their revitalized living space.

How smoothly it goes really leans back on your first decision.  Selecting a reputable and seasoned remodeler that you get along with and understands your wants and needs.  Find out what makes their company tick and what they are most proud of.   

In the end, it is like what Billy Chrystal said in City Slickers, “the Secret to Life is just one thing” and that one thing is whatever is most important to you.  So, choose wisely my friends.

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