A sketch on a cocktail napkin, full-blown architectural plans, or just a firm set of thoughts about how the remodel should progress is a good place to start for a renovation. Unfortunately, planning your dream home is usually a more lengthy and detailed process before contractors can begin the hands-on.

Benefits Of Planning Ahead

It is cheaper and less frustrating to correct mistakes before the remodel takes physical form. While HGTV shows make renovations seem quick, they often do highlight certain snags in the renovation process – a thorough but flexible renovation planning phase can help you prepare mentally, financially, and aesthetically for a necessary last-minute adjustments like strange HVAC paths, old wiring or pipes that need immediate replacement to be compliant with code, or a load bearing wall that wasn’t in the original plans getting in the way of your design. Write up a simple list of wants and needs, then rank each aspect of the project in priority. If you can’t live without those built-in cabinets for the living room or a spa tub in your master bathroom, it’s best to let your contractors know ahead of time so other parts of the project can have some compromise in case of budget adjustments. Regardless, planning ahead will help with fewer headaches and on-time delivery. 

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The Renovation Process

At TrueLeaf Kitchens, we pride ourselves on a thorough planning process to ensure our clients are satisfied before renovation even begins. First, we begin with an in-home consultation to see your space and take measurements, share ideas, provide rough estimates, and get to know you. Then, we give an in-showroom design presentation to review cabinetry options, present a more detailed estimate, show perspective drawings of your new space with our online design tools, and let you familiarize yourself with samples. Finally, the design development phase brings forth the design retainer agreement signing, finalizing the planning process, and selecting the details – fixtures and finishings for the whole house. 

After the design phase, we get down to business ordering all materials, cabinetry, hardware, flooring, plumbing, lighting, and more before submitting any and all necessary permits that might be required. Most homeowners don’t consider the necessity of permits when considering DIY renovation jobs, which makes hiring contractors like us a necessity. Once all the materials and bureaucratic feedback arrive, we give you the finalized project schedule with a detailed planning timeline to ensure everyone is meeting deadlines and you’re satisfied with the speed of the project. Only then, do we begin demolition, construction, and all other services on your wishlist! This planning process may seem lengthy, but it’s a necessary pain to guarantee everything on your must-have list is completed to your standards and to our professional expertise. We pride ourselves on happy clients and beautiful updated homes, making the planning process is incredibly important to us.