The three “legs” of every bathroom remodeling project are cost, schedule, and quality. When you make a change to one, you necessarily must adjust others.
Remodeling, unlike new constructions, requires us to work with what is, and sometimes we learn aspects of what is upon doing the demo.
This is why we build a fudge factor into both budget and schedule. We always anticipate some amount of unforeseen work, we just never know how much.
We may find wood rot in the wall studs or the sub-floor. We may find plumbing issues or electrical code violations in the walls. It happens.
It is a fact of life that in all things the quality of the finished job is directly related to the quality of the prep work. For that reason, a quality outcome (one that lasts for years and years) requires these issues to be resolved (the building inspector requires it as well).
So how do you as a homeowner manage this process?
- First be aware it always (almost always) happens.
- Work out a protocol with your contractor. As soon as they find hidden damage, they stop, document it, photograph it, and prepare the needed change order.
- If you’re available, you come and look at it right away.
- If you’re not, they send you the notes and pictures from their smart phone.
- You then approve the change order.
Maintaining a good schedule (pace) requires such a protocol be followed. Without it, delays creep in, which in turn have an impact on the overall product (you do not want your contractor working 12 to 14 hours day to maintain the schedule. When that happens (and it does) quality suffers.
When you are ready to start your remodel, contact us.
We can put you in touch with a professional designer if you wish, or if you know what you want, we will tear out the old and expertly put in the new, to your exacting specs.
We want to help you with your upcoming remodel. It’s what we do. It’s who we are.