Remodeling or Renovating Your Home
Thinking through the home remodeling or renovating process is the hallmark of an H.G. McCullough designer. Altering or updating your existing residence, vacation home or office building presents its own unique set of challenges. Knowing where to begin – and when to end – reinforces the need for a good home improvement design and a detailed plan.
Remodel or Renovate? There is a difference.
Remodeling and renovating have different definitions. It is important to know the difference because the costs can be measurably diverse. “Remodel” means to alter the shape or change the structure of an existing residence or building. The meaning of “renovate” is to refresh or make “like-new” again.
For example, if you want to “remodel” your kitchen, you may decide to tear out existing walls to make a large “gathering room” for entertaining. Or, perhaps you would like to convert your basement into a family entertainment retreat or “man cave”. Your remodeled home should blend with the existing structure - as though it belongs.
“Renovating” your kitchen involves updating existing appliances, laying new flooring, installing new cabinets, or changing counter-tops from Formica to granite. Replacing old windows and doors with new energy-efficient ones is an example of renovation.
The McCullough Remodel or Renovation Design Process
There are four phases in the remodel or renovation design process:
- Phase One: Establish Objectives
- Phase Two: As-Built Drawings
- Phase Three: Conceptual Sketch
- Phase Four: Construction Drawing
PHASE ONE: Establishing Objectives and Laying the Foundation
If a working set of plans of the existing structure is available, it is important to bring them to your initial meeting with your McCullough designer. It is also important to do your “homework” prior to our initial meeting by reading and filling out the Project Packet.
In PHASE ONE, your McCullough designer will discuss your completed checklist provided in the Remodel/Renovate project packet. Most clients also come prepared with pictures torn from magazines, online pin boards, and photos of exterior home facades and interior room designs. Our extensive McCullough Design Library is also a resource for inspiration.
Your McCullough designer will take detailed notes as you describe your objectives. We will summarize these objectives in a letter for your review and approval. PHASE ONE is the most important step of the home design process - it lays the foundation for a successful project. The fee for this phase is listed in the Project Packet.
Square Footage Estimator
H.G. McCullough’s proprietary Square Footage Estimator program gives our clients and your contractor the size and price per square foot of a structure before making the first drawings. The accuracy of our program is very successful in eliminating re-draws and revisions and in developing budget estimates.
The Square Footage Estimator is a comfort level checkpoint for financial planning.
PHASE TWO: As-Built Drawings – Your Vision Comes Alive
In PHASE TWO, a field crew will measure your existing home and as-built drawingswill be prepared by a McCullough designer to ensure that the remodel is properly incorporated into the existing structure. The fee for this phase is listed in the Project Packet.
PHASE THREE: Conceptual Sketch – Your Vision Comes Alive
After the objectives and the as-built drawings are completed, your principal designer will create a conceptual sketch. The conceptual sketch is useful for ensuring that the style and layout of the design meet your expectations. Ultimately, the goal of PHASE THREE is to finalize the major details of the remodel or renovation design to minimize the number and magnitude of revisions in the next phase.
The conceptual sketch is another comfort level checkpoint for financial planning and budgeting.
PHASE FOUR: Construction Drawings – Preparing to build
Construction drawings specify all of the structural details necessary to ensure sound support engineering as well as to illustrate the intricate and unique architectural features of the project. The construction drawings establish a basis of quality that will guide your contractor and subcontractors as they perform the remodel or renovation. The fee for this phase is listed in the Project Packet.