HOME RENOVATIONS: HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Through our years of experience, we’ve answered multiple questions while helping many clients realize the home renovations of their dreams.
When you work with the Woolrich Group, our mission is to create a seamless and worry-free renovation journey that brings your home renovation visions to life.
We recognize that deciding to embark on a home renovation project – whether it’s a kitchen remodel or a complete home transformation – is a big decision, and at Woolrich, we do our very best to make the renovation process as effortless and stress-free as possible for our clients. The way we accomplish this is to provide our clients with all the necessary information they need to make an educated decision about their investment in their home renovation project.
How do I get started on a home renovation project?
As trivial as it may sound, all you need to do is call us to set up a no-charge introduction meeting. Together during this meeting, we will discover and explore your needs and wants, whether that is for a kitchen remodel, basement development, or an entire home renovation. Then with this information in hand, we develop a detailed preliminary budget that aligns with your home renovation vision. All this free of charge as you weigh your options in your decision-making process.
Why is the preliminary budget so important?
Your preliminary budget is your home renovation blueprint. It details line by line all the elements required to achieve your home renovation along with cost estimation. It also includes creative renovation concepts customized to your wishes. Finally, this blueprint is the process through which we develop an understanding of each other and begin our collaborative working relationship to meet your overall home renovation expectations.
What is your typical project lead time?
At Woolrich, we believe that upfront planning – a 12-14 week time frame from our initial point of contact to the start of construction – is key to delivering your renovation project on time and on budget. We put considerable time and effort into upfront planning so you can trust that when you work with us your budget reflects actual costs that are typically within 5% of the quoted budget.
Our project lead time can be broken into 3 phases and each one requires your approval before we move onto the next.
These phases are:
1. Renovation Concepts & Preliminary Budget
After sitting down together to understand what you value and how we can satisfy your needs through your renovation project, we prepare creative renovation concepts alongside a preliminary budget.
2. Design & Working Budget
Once you approve the preliminary budget and are ready to move forward with your renovation, we work collaboratively to finalize the project scope while establishing a working budget. This involves developing your design options and inviting trade partners on-site to quote on your project.
3. Contract Signature & Materials Ordering
Once you approve the working budget, we sign a contract, finalize the renovation details, and order your renovation materials. It typically takes 4-6 weeks for renovation materials to arrive, and once they do, renovation construction can begin.
How long will my home renovation project take to complete?
Every home renovation company is different, but at Woolrich, we use a very simplified formula that has served us well over the years: for the first $100,000 spent in renovation cost you can expect a 6-week timeframe, and then 1 additional month for every additional $100,000 spent.
Do you have an in-house design team?
Yes, having an in-house design team is a very important aspect of the Woolrich way. We are a fully integrated – design and construction – home renovation team. We talk the same language and have aligning goals, and the synergy that exists within our talented team is one of the key success factors to delivering a high-quality renovation on time and on budget.
I love my neighbourhood. Should I tear down and build new, or renovate the house I have?
Tearing down or renovating your existing home largely depends on the general state of your home, what is happening with other homes in your community, and how attached you are to your land. With more than 20 years of experience, our team of design and construction experts can help you determine the best value alternative based on your situation. At Woolrich, we always strive to optimize your home to its fullest potential, whether it is by recreating your existing space or by adding living spaces. If we do not feel that the value is there for you to renovate your existing home, we will be the first to let you know. It is very important to us that everything we do for our clients adds value.
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