Folks, there is just no two ways about your next St. Louis County or St. Charles County Project for your home or business. Without a design in place your construction experience and overall results of your project may not be the best they could have been.
First, please allow me to explain what I consider a ‘Project’.
- New Gutters
- Screen Replacements
- New Entry Door
- Flooring Change
- Tear Out and Replacement of Existing Concrete
- An Electrical or Bath Fixture Update
- New Kitchen
- New Bathroom
- An Addition to the Home
- Opening Up the Existing Floor Plan
- Backyard Stay-Cation or Oasis
- Basement Finish
- Outdoor Kitchens
- Outdoor Patios, Cabanas and Entertainment
- Detached Garage
- Detached Studio
- Detached Shop
Neither of those lists above are complete but are intended to hopefully shed insight onto the focus of this article.
Far too many people treat items on the Project List no different than the items on the Non Project List.
Zero Disrespect is intended towards the businesses that provide the items on the Non-Project List. Every item listed (and more) are important components to your home and home maintenance. Point being, the cost of the items on the Non Project List can be provided during an onsite visit or within a few days. There is minimal input from the client that is needed to make the material selection for the provider to produce costs. A few measurements along with type of door, finish, paint color and a few factors that are task specific – i.e. access to concrete, height of ceilings to be painted, etc. and one has a cost to review.
Here is where I want to clarify and help educate because the items that are on the Project List have too many variables involved in each of them to provide a cost without a design and plan in place.
Far too many variables.
My idea of a kitchen remodel is far different than AAABC Kitchen Remodeling Experts and is most likely different than the clients. The difference between the clients vision and the vision of the contractors ‘providing a price’ can be extremely different and on far ends of the spectrum.
Hell, there may even be a contractor out that would consider a backyard oasis something that has a gravel pad, kiddie pool and garden house.
Without a design and plan that is approved by the client there really is no TRUE way to determine costs. One may as well blindly throw darts at a dart board because it’s going to get about the same results – a bunch of random nonsense that does not accomplish anything.
Folks, when the time comes for a project please consider working with a designer or architect in order to put your vision in black and white for all to see and understand.
Having a design and plan in place costs a little money up front but it will save you money on the back end while most importantly ensuring you are getting the exact project you want.