What Is a Whole House Remodel?
This usually involves the homeowners moving out of the home or takes
place after the home is purchased and before the homeowners occupy the
house. These remodels can include major structural, electrical, plumbing
and heating repairs or replacement.
How Much Longer Will the Process Take?
It can take a while. Some of the smaller remodels have been done in less
than two months, but the larger ones can take up to a year, from start
Budgeting: Create a budget, before and while you are in the
planning and design stage. I would suggest allowing between 10% and 30%
in the budget for changes or extra work that might be necessary for the
project completion. It's extremely difficult to plan for everything in
Planning: Planning the whole house remodel, is probably going to
be the most important phase of the construction process. Try to cover
every possible part of the project. Good planning can lead to an
efficient and speedy construction process. Spend the time now, to think
about, the bathrooms, the kitchen, carpeting, your roof, heating,
electrical and other parts of the home that need to be repaired or
Building Permits: most cities require building permits, if the
whole house remodel is going to be extensive. Building permits can be
approved in a few weeks, but don't be surprised if this process lasts
for a couple of months.
Demolition: This is the messy part of the process, where the
older parts of the home are removed. Be advised as the homeowner,
watching your house getting destroyed can make you wonder or even
second-guess, if you're doing the right thing.
Construction: After the plans are approved and the design is
complete, the construction process will take place. This will involve
repairing, remodeling or replacing the older parts of the home and
upgrading them to your specifications.
Project Completion: finally the process is complete, all the
decisions have been made and now it's time to move into your beautifully
remodels new home.
As a building contractor, I have watched plenty of
homeowners get carried away with these whole house remodels. Set your
budget, design the project, and build it. I started working on a home
one time, the budget was $400,000. When I left the project it was at
625,000. Create a budget that you can live with.