Although maintenance service is our primary job, we do perform high-quality renovation work as well as home and commercial remodels. Many renovation projects can be done on an hourly basis with the owner supplying the materials needed, while remodels are typically done via a contractual basis with us supplying materials as part of the project. If we feel that the project you're looking to have done is outside the scope of the services we provide, we will provide you with names of professionals that can meet your needs.
Home improvement such as renovation and remodeling projects seem to have some common high and low points for many owners. If you are a seasoned home improvement remodeling veteran, you may already know what to expect and may not need to read this informative letter. However, if you have not lived through a home improvement project before, you are probably approaching this type project with some degree of both anxiety and excitement. The purpose of this is not to cast a shadow of doubt on your project before it starts, but rather to simply point out some of these high and low points that naturally occur in the course of most home improvement projects. This way, you will a have a realistic idea of what to expect.
First, every home improvement remodeling job creates some degree of disorder, dust, uncertainty, and inconvenience. People, many of whom you have never met, will be tearing apart your house or place of business and putting it back together again. We understand that this can be an unsettling experience and, accordingly, we expect our crews and subcontractors to respect the fact that this is your home or place of business that they are working in and not a vacant warehouse. We want to know immediately if you have any problems in this area so that we can take immediate steps to correct them.
Second, home improvement and remodeling projects proceed in stages. One of the most difficult stages is working through the plan and permit process. Hopefully, by the time the project begins, you are finished with this process and are well into the stage of having your ideas turned into working construction drawings.
Another difficult early stage is the demolition phase. You will perhaps see many new faces in and around your home or place of business on a regular basis. The insides of your building will be exposed. Electrical, heating, or plumbing services may be intermittently interrupted during this time. Dust, dirt, debris piles, and dumpsters will be visible in and around the work area. All of this can be rather stressful.
However, you donít need to worry. The demolition phase goes quickly, and will be cleaned up just as rapidly. Once the framing nears completion, people usually feel very optimistic and start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
After the framing is completed and the plumbing, electrical, and mechanical work are under way, the project can appear to slow down because the progress is not as dramatic and visible as in the framing phase. However, a lot of detail work is done at this time. For instance, there are many required inspections by building officials. Itís critical that the work be done thoroughly at this point, prior to insulating and closing the walls with drywall.
Next comes the drywall stage which most people are excited about. When the walls are covered with drywall, suddenly the rooms take on their true proportions and people start to imagine what it will be like to move back in.
Unfortunately, the final phase of all the work, after the drywall, can seem to take a long time. The finish work - grading and exterior concrete flat work; interior and exterior painting; installation of all interior doors and finish woodwork; installation of cabinets, tile, and floor coverings; installation of finish plumbing and electrical fixtures; installation of shelving, closet poles, mirrors, glass shower doors, hardware, appliances, etc. - requires a fair amount of time and the efforts of many different subcontractors.
Nevertheless, thanks to a well-planned and coordinated scheduling effort during this phase, the day arrives when your project is completed. Finally, your house or place of business is once again your private domain, free of the constant construction activity that has transformed your ideas and plans into the new spaces that we hope you will use and enjoy.
Please let us know if you have any questions about this process works. Thank you.