Will it be really dusty and dirty?
The dust and dirt will be the worst in the demolition phase. Once we've got things stripped down to the frame, things will be fairly clean. Drywall installation and sanding will create a lot of very fine dust for a few days. We do our very best to seal off the rest of the house, but a little dust will always get through. It's a good idea to throw a plastic sheet over nearby sensitive items like electronics or fine furniture during this phase.
Will I be without power/water/gas during the remodel?
Depending on the scope of your home remodeling project, there will likely be some brief interruption to utilities. During the demolition phase, and when we bring in the rough trades (electrical, plumbing, HVAC), electrical, water and gas may need to be shut off anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. If we are connecting new gas pipes to your existing pipes, we will need to unhook your gas appliances and test the whole system for leaks. This could take a whole day. Moving an electrical panel or upgrading an electrical panel will likely also take a whole day. In any case, we will give you advance warning so that you can plan accordingly.
How will I be kept informed about the progress of my project?
You will have easy access to your project production manager and can expect ongoing communication throughout the house renovation process. When completed, we do a final project walk through to ensure every detail of your project is handled to your complete satisfaction.
Do I need a permit?
A general rule of thumb is that a permit will be required if structural alterations are required or if the general living area of the home is changed. This is true for bathroom design, a kitchen makeover, or other remodeling services.
Does Envisage Remodeling handle all of the necessary permits?
Yes. It is our responsibility as your design-build contractor to handle any necessary permits. The permitting process has become more complex over time because of changing laws and regulations. Being aware of what kinds of questions to ask, and when to ask them, can save valuable time, energy and expense. We have the advantage of working with the various permitting agencies and understand how to effectively navigate the process.
How long will my home renovation project take?
Each home remodel is unique, so this question isn't as cut and dry as one might think. The duration of your project depends on multiple aspects, including size of the renovation project, scope of work and materials/finishes used. At Envisage Remodeling, we prepare a construction schedule for each remodeling project based on our full understanding of the scope. We also work together with the homeowner to ensure it can be completed within the estimated time frame.
Will my family need to move out of our home during construction?
If you are contemplating a whole house remodel, then yes, you will probably need to find other living arrangements during the construction period. Our design-build remodeling process is structured to minimize turnaround time, from tear down to completed project, so that you are not inconvenienced any longer than necessary. In just about every other type of home remodeling project, you should be able to remain in your house.
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