“While the pandemic means some people have more time at home, my wife and I are busier than ever,” Stephen said. The Needham couple works in health care. “That being said, we need to get these kitchen renovations dealt with. We can’t postpone them any longer. What I want to know is how can we wind up with a great looking kitchen while having to do as little work as possible ourselves?”
Needham Kitchen Remodels: Insider’s Secrets
One way to streamline and simplify the kitchen renovation process is to work with a design build contractor. By choosing a design build contractor, you eliminate the need to hire and work with an architect – all of the professional expertise you need to have a great kitchen designed and built for you is already in place. As an added bonus, working with a design build contractor means there’s not time needed for the architect and builder to communicate, and zero ‘errors in understanding’ that lead to delays and extra expense.
Have a strategy for ‘discovered issues’. Most kitchen renovations are fairly straightforward, but there are times when creating a new kitchen reveals problems with the house that need to be addressed before the project can go forward. “I have to say that’s what’s stopped us from taking on this challenge ourselves,” Stephen said. “I’m terrified of taking the walls down and discovering our entire house is held up by tinker toys and rubber bands.” While that is fairly unlikely, it is a good idea to work with experienced construction pros who can help you accurately assess the scope of the problem and recommend cost-effective remedies to help keep your renovation project on track.
Be clear with your Needham kitchen contractors about what your needs are. Every homeowner has their own project management style. Some prefer to be hands on, overseeing every detail, while others, especially busy couples, find a more satisfying experience when they find a professional they can trust to handle things for them with regular updates about how the project is progressing.