How the Design/Build Concept Works

Renovating your home starts with your dreams and vision for your living space. Most likely, you’ve been envisioning your remodel for a long time and are ready to get started but are unsure of what that is all going to look like.  In this blog, we help you understand how the design/build concept works, our proven process, and what to expect along the way.

HOW THE DESIGN/BUILD CONCEPT WORKS

We have developed a proven process we go through with all our clients that spans from the initial design consultation through construction and then on to completion.
We start by asking several questions to get to know you and your style.  We listen carefully so we can weave our knowledge and creativity with your hopes and dreams to enhance your home.  Our principal objective is to guide you through every aspect of the remodel: from room layout/space plan to the most important detail of your remodel.
Each design phase has similar elements that we craft uniquely to you and the variables involved in your design concept. Your project may include creating hand-drawn renderings or computer-generated 3D views of your new kitchen, bathroom, or floorplan. Each rendering or 3-D view is drawn so that you can preview the feel of your new kitchen or bathroom before construction starts. Throughout project development, our professional designer is there to lead you through each step.

INITIAL CONSULTATION

The initial consultation usually occurs with a phone call where we will discuss your remodeling project.  We answer the questions you have about our process, construction, project management.  Then, we ask several questions, to get to know a little about you, your home and what you envision for your remodel.
Next, we schedule a no-obligation consultation safely in-home or virtually if preferred.  During this consultation we:
  • Explore your space
  • Define the initial Scope of Work
  • Learn more about your lifestyle and preferences
  • Answer the design questions you have
  • Discuss comparable budget ranges from similar projects
If you find we are a good fit: personality, design concept, and estimated budget, we begin our design and pre-construction phase.

DESIGN PHASE

The Design Phase will take our preliminary concepts and budget to the finished design and fixed budget with all selections made. This includes collaborating on all the details which include:
  • Floor plan options
  • Appliance Selection
  • Cabinet styles and color choices
  • Countertop material and slab selection
  • Tile selections including decorative accents for backsplashes, floors, or showers
  • Plumbing features including styles, finishes, and locations
  • Electrical features, lighting fixtures, and their placement
  • Coordinate color choices for all features and walls
Our goal is to create the space(s) that you will be proud of and your family and friends will enjoy.  At Design Phase completion, the plan is in place: every product is specified, each trade partner is on board, the drawings are ready, and the budget is set and approved by you.  Time to execute the plan.

BUILD PHASE

The Plan – our specification documents that itemize all product selections, the scope of the remodel work to complete, drawings of the particulars, and budget amounts – become part of the Construction Contract.  These documents encompass “The Plan” and serve as the guide for our production team.  They work together with our professional designer during the Design Phase to ensure that all construction requirements are met.
Throughout the Build Phase, our Project Manager is there to execute the details of the plan.  The Project Manager is your day-to-day hands-on leader of your remodel and point of contact. As with all the phases of your remodel, communication and collaboration continue until the project is complete.
For high-end home design, build, and remodeling that reflects your vision, our NARI Certified Designers will work hand in hand with you to create a space that not only adds value to your home but brings you joy! Call us at (480) 895-3442 if you would like to discuss your remodeling project with our award-winning designers and builders.
You can view our portfolio here.

8 Steps For Your Successful Kitchen Remodel

Sitting there with your walls closing in?  Have you redesigned your kitchen, workspace, bathroom, or your entire house while working from home in 2020?!  What a year!  With the end of 2020 near, we are looking forward to 2021 with hope and plans for change. If you are planning to remodel one room, remodeling your kitchen can be a worthy project to tackle in the new year! It will make your home look fabulous, create a better usable space for you and your family while adding to its value. To get started, follow these 8 steps for your successful kitchen remodel.

8 Steps for Your Successful Kitchen Remodel

  1. Consider What You Need in Your Kitchen

Before you even begin making plans for your remodel, consider what you need in your kitchen. Are you planning on cooking every night of the week or are you still going to do take-out most nights? Is this space being used for an office or online learning for your kids? Are you wanting to make your kitchen more of the hub of your home? Once you have all your priorities in order, you can continue to the next steps.

  1. Determine Your Budget

Once you know what you want in your new kitchen, you will need to determine your budget. That way, you will know what type of remodeling you can do. We encourage clients to do online research about appliances.  Most manufacturers will post retail pricing online, so you can add that item specifically to your budget.  Build some space into the budget so that you can plan for unexpected _____________ while also giving you room to add ideas.

  1. Create a Houzz Profile to Research Preliminary Design and Materials Ideas

By creating a preliminary design concept with preliminary materials, you are giving potential contractors an idea of what you are looking for. This will make it easier when you begin looking for estimates. Changes will typically be made to these designs, and most of the time, that is what happens.  We have an award-winning professional designer that will help guide clients through the process of choosing the best materials and design for their dream remodel.

  1. Begin to Get Estimates from Contractors

Now is the time to set up interviews and get estimates from contractors. We never recommend going with the lowest or the highest quote all the time, nor is the one in the middle always the best choice. Instead, you will want to look at the numbers and the answers to the questions that you ask the contractors. Your decision will come down to how comfortable you feel with the contractor that you choose. We have a FREE eBook, 10 Things You Must Know Before Hiring a Remodeling Contractor, that can help you with this!

  1. Finalize Design Plans and Choose Materials

Once you have your contractor, you will finalize all your design plans and choose all the materials for your new kitchen. It is important to complete this early in your remodel, so that you do not end up waiting for things that are on back order halfway through the project.

  1. Get Permits

Once in the hands of a contractor or his project manager, the necessary permits are applied to complete the work on your kitchen. There can be a wait time for some of these, so the process is done early in the project to avoid a delay on the start time.

  1. Prepare for Demo

Demolition has its moments, but is typically not fun, especially when it comes to a kitchen. After all, you will be without a kitchen for a few to several weeks. We recommend that you set up a mini kitchen somewhere else in your home so that you can still prepare some simple meals. Also, do not start the demolition process until you are sure everything is in stock for your project, or you may find yourself hanging around waiting halfway through.

  1. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

When you are at the end of your project, there may be a few things that will need to be addressed.  Usually, these items are never big because you and your contractor have been communicating all the way through the project. Instead, it might be a small scratch in the paint, a ding in the molding, or a dent in a door panel. These are easy fixes and will get straightened out. Be patient through it all, after all, you’ve made it this far!

Kitchen Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

If you follow these 8 steps for a successful kitchen remodel, you will find your experience to be a good one! And once the project is completed, you will have a kitchen you love. Call us at (480) 895-3442 to discuss remodeling your kitchen with us. Our award-winning designers and builders are happy to show you how we can improve the functionality and style of your kitchen.

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Why You Should Choose High-Quality Materials for Your Remodel Project

After coming up with a plan and a budget to remodel your bathroom, discovering and choosing the various types of materials available become your next step. As a professional remodeler, we encourage you to choose high-quality materials for your remodel project. In this case, it makes sense to spend more to get the best you can afford.  If your budget only allows for a partial remodel, you will find it preferable to buying inferior materials that you may have to replace quickly.

Four Reasons Why You Should Choose High-Quality Materials for Your Remodel Project

Attractiveness. Selecting and spending more money on high-quality remodeling materials will help you get the luxurious look you want. While shopping, you will see that items like granite, natural stone, and hardwood can cause your budget to balloon. However, quality materials are still highly desirable despite the cost because they often defy trends and add classic beauty. They can make any bathroom look elegant.

Durability. When you invest in a bathroom remodel, simply put, you want it to last. A higher price is not the only notable feature of quality bathroom remodeling materials. The durability makes the expense worthwhile for many and spending a little more always pays off for years after the work is done.

Low maintenance. In the bathroom, you use a variety of hair/skincare products as well as having potential water stains. Some less expensive materials, like vinyl, can withstand staining, while porous materials like marble can become stained. Generally, however, high-quality materials offer the advantage of easy maintenance, so you can cut the amount of time you spend on cleaning. Also, because of their durability, you will have fewer repairs to deal with over the years.

Less strain on your budget. It is true that quality bathroom materials are more expensive initially, but it is an investment that pays off!  You will not have to deal with frequent repairs typical to replacements done with cheaper materials. Another point to consider is that a beautiful, well-designed bathroom will not need a quick update. So, you could keep the same look for longer, while others are changing features to keep up with the latest trends. When choosing your materials for your remodel, remember that the bathroom is a high traffic area and a lot of moisture to contend with.

Award-Winning Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

You can always save money when remodeling a bathroom, but you should never try to cut corners when it comes to picking the best materials. Ultimately, this will cost you more and leave you unhappy with your renovation.  As an award-winning remodeler, Tri-lite Builders specializes in remodeling bathrooms, kitchens, and entire homes to increase the overall functionality and design of the home.  Check out our portfolio here! We have helped many Phoenix area homeowners remodel their homes to achieve their ultimate goal.

Free, no-obligation in-home or virtual consultations

Get your project off the ground by calling us at (480) 895-3442 or emailing steve@trilitebuilders.com to discuss remodeling your home, kitchen, or bathroom.  We offer a 60-minute no-obligation in-home or virtual consultations. Our award-winning designers and craftsman are eager to work with you to make your vision for your home a reality!

How to Plan Your Bathroom Remodeling Budget

You have been dreaming about remodeling your bathroom for quite some time or perhaps just in the past few months.  And now, you are wondering how to plan your bathroom remodeling budget.  We can help! Working with a professional remodeler starting at the budget phase, you will find that at the end of the remodel, you will be able to enjoy your new bathroom knowing you made an educated investment to get the most for your budget.

As You Begin

Research online to answer key questions to identify your needs.  What is the overall aesthetics you want? Houzz and Pinterest are good resources for all things design.  What are the current issues with the space that need to be addressed? Is there a deadline for when the remodel needs to be complete?  What investment are you willing to make?  Are you ready to create a space where you can relax and unwind at the end of the day? First, you need to know how to plan your bathroom remodeling budget so that you align your wants and needs.

Your Bathroom Remodeling Budget

In general terms let’s define budget.  Budget, as a verb in our application, is the amount you allow or provide for an item. The total amount of money you are willing to invest in remodeling your bathroom is the budget. Most of us may have no idea what construction and material costs can add up to when remodeling.

Several factors impact the overall cost: the size of the space, the potential of water fixtures being relocated, the expense of the finish materials, and the labor to plan and execute the project. The budget should include an allowance for everything necessary to complete a remodel of the space.  When creating your budget include the cost for all the finish materials: floor, shower tile and fixtures, shower glass, bathtub and fixtures, toilet, vanity, sink and faucet, mirror, paint, lighting, additional storage, bath accessories, and window treatments. Then the cost of labor.

If the cost of everything added up is less than or equal to your budgeted amount, you are almost ready to start. As a professional remodeler, we always discuss the potential of unforeseen circumstances or last-minute changes that may occur in a remodeling project.  Set aside 5%-10% of your overall cost, depending on the scope of your remodel project, as a good buffer.

What if the Remodel is More Than Your Budget?

If your dream bathroom remodel is going to be more than your budget, you do not have to give up yet.  There may be a way to get the bathroom of your dreams without breaking the bank.  As your remodeler, we can show you superior products within your budget that are like what you selected.  For example, Chrome finish fixtures cost, on average 25% less than the same fixture in brushed nickel.  Also, there are several porcelain tiles made to look like natural stone, but they cost less and do not need additional maintenance.

With our help, you will find the materials that will fit your budget.  If there are still budget issues with your dream bathroom remodel, we can also help you cut out some of the little extras that you will not need immediately.  Additional luxury items such as a towel warmer can always be added later.

Last-Minute Budget Decisions

Keep your budget in mind as the remodeling project is being done.  After demolition, many people recognize the potential for the space they had not seen before.  You may need to or want to make some important last-minute decisions. You should work with your Contractor to investigate those last-minute or in progress decision points.  It can be easy to agree to an expensive item when the excitement of your new bathroom remodel is in progress.  However, taking the time to realistically look at your budget can help you invest wisely and get what you want.

Spending the time preparing for your bathroom remodel can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in the end. You will be prepared for any last-minute questions and have the answers ready instead of wondering what you should do, which in turn can delay the work being done. By working with a professional remodeler starting at the budget phase, you will find that at the end of the remodel, you will be able to enjoy your new bathroom without worry.

Let Us Help You Love Your Home Again

We will help you do the homework to make the best decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring for your bathroom remodel. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule your free 60-minute consultation! Our award-winning design team and craftsmen are ready to make your vision for your dream bathroom a reality.

You can also find ideas for your bathroom remodel on our project page here and at our sister company, Homework Remodels.

The No Regrets Kitchen Remodel

No Regrets Kitchen Remodel

The No Regrets Kitchen Remodel

You have finally decided to bring all your great ideas for remodeling your kitchen and the prospect thrills you! You are determined to have a no regrets kitchen remodel. Now imagine looking at all the latest options for backsplashes, kitchen islands, and cabinets. And then, the question arises of how will you make all this work with the different types of counters, flooring and new lighting fixtures? The truth of it is, kitchen remodeling presents many opportunities for good and bad decisions along with technical challenges. Keep reading for our best advice to avoid costly mistakes and to have the ‘no regrets kitchen remodel’.

Know What Your Home Needs

First and foremost, you should acknowledge the style of your home. Then ascertain what is broke and actually needs replaced.  This will help to guide your remodeling decisions, plus it will pretty much guarantee that the project won’t go off the rails from a design standpoint. For example, a Modern clean line kitchen may not suit a Victorian style home interior.

Reuse Where Possible

Even a full remodel does not always mean making changes to every single aspect of the space. You don’t have to change appliances if they are still in good condition and functioning properly. A hardwood floor can be sanded and refinished, and the same applies to cabinets.

Work With Existing Installations

Changing plumbing and gas lines can be costly, so if there is no need to move them you can save money. You can plan your remodeling with these installations in mind, and this will make the entire process easier. You can put the new sink, stove, and other elements in the same position as the old ones and still get a new look for the kitchen.

Plan the Layout

Kitchen design is something you will live with for years. It will also influence your ability to use the kitchen comfortably and efficiently. Any mistakes in the floor plan may be too expensive to rectify right away. Start with a rough draft before you talk to a contractor. Mark the spots for the appliances and the fixtures, and the contractors’ Designer will advise you on the best use of the space.

Read Up On Trends

Trends can make the entire project a whole lot easier. Trends influence everything from the color scheme to the type of backsplash. Luckily, kitchen trends do not necessarily suggest buying the most expensive products. It may also help to be aware of trends and styles in your neighborhood. As your remodeler, we can also help you with the latest trends.

Keep Costs in Check

Any successful kitchen remodeling project rests on getting your budget lined up from the start. A good rule of thumb is to budget around 20% of the value of your home for a complete kitchen remodel.  Construction costs, like removing walls and relocating electrical circuits or increasing electrical capacity can run higher.  Adding in some DIY elements or reusing elements can help keep you within your budget.  After doing your research, you will be able to make a list of all the must-haves in your budget. You can work with your Contractor to find fixtures and materials you can afford. There is no need to go for the most expensive products when more cost-effective alternatives will do. If overspending on your remodel is not an option, let your contractor know so they can help you figure out what does fit in your budget.

Learn more about kitchen remodeling and all remodeling projects in our blogs!  You can find them here.

Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

The designers and craftsmen here at Tri-Lite Builders enjoy the renovation challenges presented by their clients. We have worked diligently to create a proven process for successful outcomes so that you have the kitchen remodel you have envisioned. We will make sure you will have the no regrets kitchen remodel.  We’re very proud of the work we do and the awards we’ve earned. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 to schedule an appointment to work with us on your new kitchen design!

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