The remodeling process
Remodeling your home or building a new home is a financial investment. A smart homeowner doesn’t make investments without knowing exactly what is involved. Castle Rock Construction can give you a “ball park” estimate based on the size of the project, general information you provide, and by matching Castle Rock’s historical data to the project.
It is not until we’ve worked together to assess the full project scope in terms of design, structure and finishes, can we provide a realistic cost. Because we are a design/build firm, that is designers and builders under one roof, we can examine the trade-offs of all your project’s structural, financial and design challenges at the same time.
For our first meeting, prepare a “wish list” of issues you’d like to address. Order them by priority. Is it more important to have a larger laundry area or a fancy French door off the bedroom balcony? If costs exceed your allotted budget, which items would you cut first?
Think about why you want to change or add space. Is the kitchen too small for your growing family needs? Do you need to add an in-law suite for aging parents? How will the renovation enhance your lifestyle?
Draw a sketch of what you envision to illustrate your ideas. Look through magazines about remodeling or decorating, noting those items that appeal to you.
Devote serious thought about your budget parameters. Investigate how you will finance the project. Home equity loans, cash from savings accounts and refinancing are common choices.
While a renovation or new home construction may seem daunting, when broken down into steps, it is easier to understand and manage.
During our first meeting in your home, or at the site of the new construction, we listen to your needs, desires, and hopes for your new space. We also ask for a frank response to your budget constraints. There is no point in designing a project that isn’t affordable.
- Present Castle Rock’s credentials
- Establish wish list
- Evaluate the project feasibility
- Establish price range, target design budget
- Determine next step: Feasibility Study or a Design Agreement‹
If a Feasibility Study was your choice during Step 1, a second meeting with an estimator/project coordinator is scheduled. Cost: Minimum fees apply up to 2% of the estimate, which will be applied to the Construction Contract.
- Photos and measurements of existing conditions
- Preliminary check of existing mechanical and structural systems
- Municipal assessment (zoning, drainage, septic issues)
- Conceptual drawings (floor plans, elevations, computerized images, limited to one concept)
- Preliminary/generic specifications (limited to one concept)
- Preliminary cost estimate (limited to one concept)
- Guaranteed budget within 10%
- Decision whether or not to move to Design Agreement‹
If a Design Agreement was selected during Step 2, Castle Rock develops the actual fixed project costs by working with you and our team of subcontractors and other specialists. Cost: 5% of the estimated budget which will be applied to the Construction Contract.
- Draw existing structures and conditions
- Design refinement
- Walk through home or site with subcontractors/specialists
- Request for proposals from subcontractors/specialists
- Development of detailed Project Specifications
- Assist homeowner with product selections, materials and finishes
- Prepare comprehensive construction costs and fixed bid contract
Once you have fixed costs outlined in Step 3, a decision whether to proceed with construction is made. If you are ready, a Construction Contract is prepared.
- Develop detailed construction plans/sections/elevations
- Engineering if required
- Detailed schedule
- Pre-construction conference
Finally, it’s time to begin the construction phase. It’s an exciting time and enthusiasm is high. However, your home will soon become a worksite.
- Communicate clearly with homeowner throughout process
- Total project management
- Lead carpenter on-site
- Coordination of county and city inspections
- Protection of home/furnishings
- Daily clean-up of work area
- Security maintained on-site
- Employee and subcontractor respect for homeowner’s privacy and home/belongings
- Immediate remediation of any problems that may arise
While your project may be coming to a close, Castle Rock’s relationship with you is not. We have built a successful firm by retaining clients for life and relying on them for referrals to family and friends. Our 5 Year Limited Warranty is one way of ensuring complete customer satisfaction.
- Conduct final walk-through to determine if all items have been attended to properly
- Client Satisfaction survey
- Anniversary follow-up
- Warranty calls as necessary
Since 2010, federal law requires that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb more than six square feet of paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and trained to follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
Protect your family and make sure you only hire a contractor who is in a Lead-Safe Certified Firm. Castle Rock Construction is a EPA Lead-Safe Certified firm.
Download a PDF brochure from the EPA to learn more about this federal law.
By 2020, the population of retirement-age Americans is expected to grow by 75%. In a recent AARP survey of respondents 45 and older, 83% said they would prefer to live out their lives in their current homes rather than move into a retirement community, assisted living facility or nursing home.
But remaining in our homes is not without certain challenges. Homes that were convenient when we were younger can cause problems in later years. As our lifestyle and needs change, so should our home environments. In order to "age in place" many homes will need minor and/or major remodeling, depending on the specific needs of the occupants and conditions of their home.
Call Jim Pitcher to learn how to make your home more comfortable and convenient.
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I think Castle Rock Construction is made up of friendly and reliable people.Jim was especially easy to talk to. I would recommend Castle Rock Construction to anyone that is looking to have work done. -- J. Kline