Are you considering a remodeling project that includes a deep energy retrofit or building a new passive energy or net zero home? If so, here are the steps you need to take before you pick up the phone to talk to a contractor or design/build firm that specializes in creating truly energy efficient spaces.
How much will my design/build project cost?
First, get a sense of what your proposed project will cost. The internet is full of conflicting information about the cost of remodeling and building, so we know it can be overwhelming to know what’s realistic. For example, the same kitchen remodel in San Francisco might cost double what it would in Madison!
We recommend Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report. This report breaks down how much average projects cost in your area based on building permits.
How much can I afford to spend?
Now that you have a sense of what a project can cost, it’s time to figure out what you can afford to spend on your project, and how you will pay for your project. For example, do you have a sum already saved, or will you need to arrange for a HELOC or construction loan?
Where will I live during the project?
Major renovation and building projects are, to put it lightly, disruptive. It’s always best if you can arrange for alternate housing accommodations during the build phase of your project. That way, we can complete your project quickly and safely. Many people stay with family, sublet a place, or rent an Airbnb while we work on your home.
Identify your needs and define your goals.
Let’s figure out what you need for your remodeling or building project to be successful
- Why are you embarking on this project?
- How do you need your new or updated space to function?
- Who will use it, and when?
- If money were no object, which features would this project include?
Now, this is the fun part. Start collecting your design ideas! Tear out ideas you love from magazines, build some Pinterest boards or create a Houzz board. Then, download our Design Inspiration checklist and start refining your choices.
If you would like to work with TDS Custom Construction on your project, we recommend that you read our Budget Advice Guide. Our Budget Advice Guide explains how TDS will refine your budget to create your contract. After you understand how our contract works, you’ll be all ready to set up an introductory call with our client coordinator to see if our design/build firm is the right fit for your project.
The Seven Things You Need to Do Before Starting A Remodeling Project
- Research the cost of your project by reading Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value List
- Decide on your budget
- Figure out your funding source for your project
- Consider alternative living arrangements for the construction phase of your project
- Set your project goals
- Gather ideas and inspiration for your project
- Read our Budget Advice Guide
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At TDS our focus is on building useful and durable spaces that last. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, we’d love to work with you.