Custom Home Remodels
Remodeling your home can be the smartest “move” you make. Whether you have a newer home, or an old one, eventually you will consider home remodeling. Additionally, many empty nesters are looking to downsize but are accustomed to houses with high end interior finishes. Adding a great new look to your home is important but creating function and convenience can be equally valuable.
Our remodeling services starts first with “listening and understanding” your present needs and future plans. We then move into the designing stage; interpreting the clients overall style and pairing up an interior designer as part of the team. Our team of experts consists of specialized craftsmen essential in creating the quality that is synonymous with Hillis Built.
Our dedication to excellence combined with our commitment to the finest residential remodeling has been the cornerstone of our success.
Understanding quality construction and attention to detail is as important as having a project finish on time and on budget. Our experience and creativity enables us to maximize your dollar through extensive value engineering and cost efficiencies. We will educate you on the remodeling process as well as work with you on the smartest, most efficient and creative way to remodel your home with as little inconvenience and disruption as possible.
Creative home remodeling often involves bright ideas that help beautify your home at the least possible cost.
Our philosophy is to manage each job as if it were our own home by providing:
Job Binder- Includes all important documents
Pictures- Before, During Construction and After Pictures.
Warranty- “Quality You Expect” with a Two Year Warranty.
Customer Satisfaction – Check our record with BBB and Registrar of Contractors.
Full Service – We provide everything from Residential Remodeling, New Construction Commercial Construction, Tenant Improvements and Handyman Home Maintenance
Residential Remodeling Services – HillisBuilt provides remodeling services with a strong commitment to personalized service, meticulous detail, project quality and the timely and economical completion of our work.
Stages of Remodeling
Whether it’s a full home addition or remodeling a room in your home, there are five distinct stages you can expect to go through: planning, budgeting, demolition, construction and cleanup.
If you stay involved with each stage, particularly when it comes to selecting building products, you can ensure your project stays on track and on budget. This is the perfect time to think green by using eco-friendly building materials and energy efficient appliances, windows and lighting.
Stage 1: Planning
You want to stay extremely organized when you begin a remodeling project or home addition. You’ll first need to decide on the size and style of your project and then start a list of all your “must have” features and products. Sticking to your product list is very important when it comes to staying on budget and on schedule. Even a minor change like deciding on different faucets can cause delays if the product needs to be ordered or doesn’t fit properly with the sink you have selected.
Stage 2: Budgeting
Make sure that you get a couple of written estimates from licensed contractors, architects and designers. Resist the temptation of going with one referral, but certainly ask friends and family who have had similar remodels or additions what they paid and who did the work. Unless you have the cash set aside, you’ll be looking for financing from a home equity loan or refinancing your existing home. Depending on the equity in your current home and interest rates, doing a refinance might be a smarter option. Be sure that your project increases the value of your home by more than its cost.
Stage 3: Demolition
Removing such elements as walls and wiring, carpet and flooring can be tough and dirty work, but if you’re willing to do it yourself you will save a lot of money. These savings can go back into the project for amenities you weren’t sure you could afford. No matter who does the demolition, be sure to prepare your home for this disruption by removing breakables from your wall and protecting your furniture and floors. It may be the shortest stage of remodeling, but it can create havoc for you and your home if you aren’t well prepared.
Stage 4: Construction
If your project is a large one, like a kitchen remodel or new addition, you might want to consider temporarily moving out of your home. If being without electricity, heat or water for a few days is too disruptive to your lifestyle, look into staying with family or friends or at a hotel that offers special extended-stay rates.
Stage 5: Cleanup
Just like demolition, this is a labor-intensive job, but it will certainly offset your costs if you do some of the work. Just think once all the dust and debris is removed you can begin to decorate and enjoy your newly remodeled home.
What are our best advice or tips for remodeling?
1. Before you make any sort of purchase for your home remodeling project, you need to make sure that you have enough money to start and complete the project. Balance out your finances, even make a checklist. If things balance out, then you have the green light to move ahead with your home remodeling. Try to avoid getting into debt or having any unrealistic expectations; be sensible.
2. The next step should be figuring out how you want to remodel your home. Remember, home remodeling is not about what the modern trends of home remodeling are; it’s about what fits your personality and style. Go through books, walk through show rooms and get a feel for what you want. It will also help to walk through your house, going through each room and taking a mental picture of what might work and what will not. After you know what you want, configure a plan, and begin looking for contractors to help you.
3. Qualifying your contractor. Check the following items
- Current Business license.
- Better Business Bureau Membership.
- Current References.
- Workman’s Compensation Insurance.
- General Liability Insurance
4. Written Documents with Contract
- Scope of work.
- Drawings and Elevations
- Predetermined progress payment schedule
- Work schedule
5. After the money is budgeted and you’ve made a plan for your remodeling project, it’s time to get to work. Home remodeling is not a quick process, it will take some time. So, you need to make sure that you take a little time once in awhile during the process to monitor the progression of the project(s). During this time it is also important to monitor finances, making sure that you are not overspending.
6. Move personal property from construction areas and declare all work zones off-limits to children and pets.
7. Keep a job file including your contract, plans, specifications, invoices, change orders and all correspondence that is made between you and the contractor.
8. Request that a contractor’s affidavit of Final Release and Mechanic’s Lien Waiver is provided to you at the time you make final payment.