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Planning Your Rochester Remodel: Organizing Your Ideas

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Nov 1, 2012 @ 08:11 AM

Gerber-Home-Rochester-NY, Remodeling-Idea-Notebook, Remodeling-Rochester-NY, remodeling-tipsPlanning the remodeling of your Rochester area home can be a lot of fun. At the beginning of the process the sky is the limit. And once your mind is tuned in to the remodeling process, it seems like there are new ideas everywhere you turn.

There are online decorating sites that are chock full of new ideas. Newspaper and magazine ads catch your eye in ways they never used to. And even when you watch television, you find yourself looking at how some TV family has designed their kitchen or family room. Ideas seem to come from everywhere.

That’s part of what makes the remodeling process fun! But it can also be overwhelming.  That’s something we’ve observed as we’ve met and talked with clients during the past 30+ years we’ve been building and remodeling homes in the Rochester area. It’s hard to remember all the good ideas and then sort out the ones that really fit your plan.

How can you remember all those cool ideas—and how can you organize them so that you can access them later? Here’s a tip. Create a Remodeling Idea Notebook. If you’re more of an “analog” person, it can be an actual notebook where you collect ideas and images. If you’re more “digital,” you may want to create a folder on your computer, tablet or smart phone. At this stage, you don’t have to eliminate any ideas. Anything that strikes you as interesting or useful should go into your file.

However, you’ll want to organize your ideas into three categories:

  • Must Have;
  • Nice to Have;
  • If Money Were No Object.

Then when it’s time to create your remodeling budget, you’ll have an easier time deciding which ideas you can act on and which you’ll need to let go. 

Here’s one reason why you don’t want to let go of your ideas too early. You can share your ideas with your designer or builder. We’ve been around the remodeling block a time or two. If you have an idea that you think is too expensive or impractical, we may have a more cost-effective way of making it happen.

If you’d like to talk to someone about your remodeling ideas, call or contact any one of our professional staff. We’ll be happy to help you turn your ideas into reality!


Topics: Gerber Homes Rochester NY, Remodeling Rochester NY, remodeling tips, Remodeling Idea Notebook

5 Things You Can Do to Improve the Home Renovation Experience

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 @ 08:09 AM

remodeling rochester ny sept1Many of us are “hands-on” kind of people. It’s hard for us to sit idly by as other people work. And when there is something as important as the remodeling of our home going on—we want to be right in the middle of things, helping out. After all, we reason, it’s our house!

Here’s the thing: You remodeling professional actually does want your help! There are a number of things you can do that will greatly improve your (and his!) home remodeling experience. It’s just that none of them involve picking up a hammer or saw!

Your remodeling professional may be doing the physical work, but as the homeowner, there are things you can do to make things go more smoothly—for your contractor and yourself.

Here are five ways you can do to improve your home remodeling experience:

1. Make yourself available. After you and your builder have agreed upon the right plan for your remodeling project there will still be a lot of small decisions to make as you get into construction, and your remodeler will want your input.  Sometimes delays on small decisions can result in long delays. Make sure your remodeler can reach you if he needs a decision—even on short notice—so he can stay on schedule. You’ll be happier in the end—and so will he.

2. Get the space ready. Your remodeler needs space to work. You don’t want to pay him to move things around—you want to pay him to remodel your home. So remove any furniture, pictures, decorations, drapes—or anything else that doesn’t need to be in the area before your contractor shows up to work. If there are things you can’t move, make sure you cover them completely because there WILL be dust! Your contractor will be able to work better in a cleared out space and you’ll protect your items from damage.

3. Select products/materials ahead of time. A big cause of delays is when the materials being used in the remodeling process aren’t there when the builder needs them. You really don’t want to wait until construction has started before you pick out lighting, flooring, cabinets, and appliances. Making these decisions (and purchasing them) ahead of time will help you avoid frustrating delays later.

4. Don’t wait for the “right time” to discuss concerns with your builder. Sometimes homeowners are a little hesitant to bring an issue up with the remodeler. But it’s much easier (and less expensive) to make a correction or an adjustment early in the process. So if you think something is off track, don’t be bashful! Bring it up as soon as possible.

5. Expect the unexpected. Maybe it’s impossible to expect the unexpected, but it’s good to know that unpredictable things will happen. Your cabinets may be out-of-stock. Inclement weather may cause delays. Occasionally your contractor will uncover am existing problem that he didn’t create. These things happen and sometimes they are simply out of your contractor’s control. Remember, he wants to finish on time as much as you do. Roll with the punches and try to enjoy the process!

Topics: remodeling tips, home remodeling

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