5 Musts for a Successful Renovation

A home renovation is a big undertaking, but it doesn't have to be stressful if you take key steps before construction begins. "The project unfolded as we expected because we put in so much time upfront," comments Terri Oliver, a Peabody homeowner who hired Morse for a kitchen renovation.


Here are five key steps to make sure your renovation is a great success.


1. Assemble your design and building team upfront 

Whether you are working with a design/build renovation company or a separate architect and contractor, assemble your team early so members collaborate to deliver the design you want at a price you can afford. The team shares information and brainstorms solutions that are both aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective. Spare yourself the anguish of falling in love with a design only to discover the building cost for that design exceeds your budget.


2. Build in planning time 

To be meaningful, budgets and timelines must incorporate every detail of your project. As a first step, a good design/build team

Kitchen by Morse Constructions
AFTER: Oliver Kitchen

asks questions about your design preferences, lifestyle, likes and dislikes, and priorities. Then they work with you to specify features and products to meet your design criteria. As details are identified, the contractor prepares an accurate proposal that provides realistic budget and scheduling information. Expect the planning process to take from six to ten weeks.


3. Develop a master plan for the whole house

Morse Before Shot of Customer Kitchen
BEFORE: Oliver Kitchen

If you envision making changes to your home in stages, be sure to discuss possible additional renovations with your design/build team. Future plans may affect current placement of plumbing lines, electrical wires, heating units or special design features. A good team saves you money by planning the current project in a way to reduce the cost of renovations down the road.


4. Ask for visual aids

How will your space look and feel if you move a wall or add a transom window? It's hard to make an informed decision if you can't visualize the solution. A good team will help you "see"your options using computer illustrations, sketches and other tools. Oliver was nervous about the placement of pendant lights in her kitchen. We hung pinecones to represent the lights and she said that made all the difference. "Steps like that make it so much easier to make the best selections," she comments.


5. Expect regular communication 

A successful renovation rests on clear and concise communication between you and your team. You've developed your project with in-depth collaboration, creating a renovation plan that fully meets your needs. As the project progresses into the construction phase, you should receive daily updates of tasks completed, decisions that need to be made, and any items that will affect your budget or scheduling. "If I have one suggestion for other homeowners, it is to make sure that their team members are good listeners and have a standard mechanism for daily communication," says Oliver. "Be sure to choose a team with a track record of excellent communication."


Plan now and enjoy your renovation! Give us a call to find out how we can help.