Why remodeling contractors take too long?

Any one  who has been through any type of home renovation has experienced construction delays. It is a reputation that is well earned.

Why?

The reasons most laymen attribute this phenomenon to  are:

  1. They are using my money and going to another job
  2. They are disorganized
  3. They are lazy
  4. They are incompetent

While this is true in some cases, I will share with you from a professionals point of view, some additional causes. I happen to be a part of a franchise system so I know hundreds of remodeling contractors across the country and fully understand what happens. Here are the most common causes:

  1. The scope of work changes: more often than not, cleints have change orders to their original scope of work and this may require everything from updating the building permit,  updating the HOA information, ordering additional and possibly special order materials, and so forth. Meanwhile, we do not want to leave that job so the jobs that had been promised afterwards are now delayed!
  2. Unforeseen sight conditions: when you are a remodeling contractor, you cannot predict things you cannot see or know for sure. For example, when you are digging footings and there is a drain where no one know. This is a problem!
  3. Weather: for exterior remodeling, weather is a big variable that is quite misunderstood. Even if it only rains partially one day, there is a good chance that entire day is lost. It may result in an additional day or 2 if it is too wet to perform the service.
  4. Human factors: while we believe we are going to complete a project in a specified time, the skilled labor we all depend on are still humans! Meaning, they get sick, have problems, car troubles, etc…..

When you are planning your next  remodeling project, plan for these delays, they should be expected but most likely for the reasons you had not thought of!

For more on remodeling, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

 

Does the back of my house need to match the front?

As a professional design/ build firm, a common question is posed as it relates to the architectural details when considering the back of the house. How important is it that the back of the house mimics the front?

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It depends who you ask. For this expert opinion, there are certainly considerations. Number one, which details are you referring to? For example, if you have  a front porch and are going to build a back porch, should the columns match? I would suggest that while many people may not notice, it does make sense if you have round columns on your front porch to stay with that theme on the back porch.

What about color? If your front porch is painted (as opposed to stained), should you stay with paint on the back porch. Unless you are going out of your way to create a rustic look in back, traditionally you would go ahead and paint the back porch as well and make it appear that it was part of the original home rather than an add – on.

Another common question refers to substrates (material types). If there is only brick on the house, does it really make sense to use stone on the columns or outdoor fireplace? I would suggest mixing materials actually adds architectural interest!

To find wonderful design details for the front and back of the house, go to Archadeck’s photo gallery at http://charlotte.archadeck.com/

 

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