Living in the same house year after year can lead to many different remodeling projects. As a family’s needs change, additions and renovations are a great option, and a good alternative to moving. However, though it may be cheaper than finding a brand new home, remodeling can end up costing a homeowner several thousands more dollars if they do not choose the right company for the job the first time. Since remodeling is a big commitment, take the time to find a reputable contractor. The cost of having it done correctly the first time will save you time and money in the long run, by preventing unnecessary repairs and updates down the road. A certified structural engineer or designer is the first point of contact for remodeling or renovation projects. This person will determine if the house is able to withstand the remodeling. For example, expanding a kitchen may require a wall to be removed. The structural engineer will know if that wall is a load bearing wall, or is hiding plumbing work that would prevent it from being removed…..
The two most popular renovation projects are adding another washroom and expanding the kitchen area – both areas of the house in which families always need more space. And both require water fixtures. Your primary contractor will use subcontractors, such as wall framers, plumbers and electricians, all of whom will work together to install piping fixtures, and wiring to make sure your home looks great and is up to code.