Remodeling Expectations WHAT TO EXPECT

Understanding the remodeling process greatly increases your peace of mind as this progresses through the various stages. I hope this page will give you an understanding of what to expect as we advance from the initial consultation through to the completed project.

Step #1 - The Initial Consultation

My first visit with you is entirely without cost or obligation. That meeting will last as long as it takes to answer most of the questions you probably have about your project - usually in the range of an hour or two. What I won’t do is launch into a long-winded sales presentation. I don’t like to give them any more than you like to get them. By the time we finish this first visit, you’ll have an excellent understanding of the feasibility and potential that exists in your home. You’ll be able to face the decisions you must make with confidence; knowing that your chosen course of action is exactly the right one for you.

Step #2 - The Design Phase

To a certain point, every minute we spend in the Design Phase pays big dividends in the finished project - in both creativity and cost-effectiveness. While I work hard at avoiding the trap of over-designing (we want to keep this as affordable as possible, after all), it's important to take into account all the variables that can impact the finished project. It's not sufficient to simply point you in the direction I feel you need to go. A large part of my communication with you is educational in nature. I want you to understand the many options you need to consider and how each course of action affects the whole of the project. By fully understanding the issues, you can make informed, intelligent decisions. You'll avoid the fate of so many homeowners who spend thousands of dollars remodeling their homes, only to realize that they would do it differently if given a second chance. That predicament is not their fault. It's the fault of a careless designer and/or contractor.

The conclusion of the Design Phase is a set of plans that will show you exactly what you're going to get - in 3D, no less. At that point, you'll decide whether or not to proceed with construction and how deeply involved you want me to be with the process.

Step #3 - Getting It Built

My job is to work with you in hiring the best personnel who can fulfill the intended design. We'll collaborate on the most appropriate materials for reaching your goal - a logical balance between appearance, performance, and cost. The end result is intended to give you an outstanding finished product and the most "bang for the buck" possible.

Focus on Design Design Focus

I have been using Computer Assisted Design (CAD) since 1989. My current CAD programs allow me to create 3-dimensional views of un-built projects, enabling you to see your "after" views from virtually any angle. Click on any heading, to see an enlargement and further details.

Kitchen Expansion
This project involves adding 8' across much of the rear of the house. The existing kitchen, which was small, cramped, and had a poor traffic pattern, gives way to a spacious, open area.
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Sunroom with Skylights
People are drawn to sunrooms like moths to a flame. And, their appeal is almost universal. This soaring addition brings the light and outdoor splendor right into the living space. Magnificent!
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Major Room Addition
This is a two-story addition, which has a garage below and a new master suite over the top. In addition, much of the existing square footage of the house was reworked to provide better usability.
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Kitchen Expansion Kitchen Expansion

This kitchen remodel was created by extending a large section of the rear of the house out an additional 8'. This not only gave them added space, but completely changed the traffic flow through that section of the home. What was once a bottleneck now provides plenty of room for walking without interfering with the kitchen work space. Note the varied heights and depths of the kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen Perspective View

Kitchen Plan View


Light is what sunrooms are all about. Look up at the generous skylights in this expansive sunroom, which is located to the side of the existing living room. The soaring glass panels and vaulted ceiling give this space the feel of all outdoors. And the light that floods into the adjacent living room brings the joy of sunshine to previously dark confines.

Sunroom Perspective View

Large Home Addition ROOM ADDITION

The trick with this two-story addition was to make it look like it has always been there. There's nothing worse than an addition that looks like a "growth" on the side of the house. Great detail was paid to the roof lines and offsets. And, although the large round-topped window is somewhat different, it balances the overall style.

Exterior Perspective View

Addition Plan View