Full Home Remodeling
Starting a home renovation is an exciting prospect, but it can also be a daunting one. Having the experience and knowledge to navigate building codes and permits is crucial for staying within budget and on schedule. Our clients have typically have been thinking about their remodel for a long time, and are anxious to get going. They have plenty of ideas, wishes, and hopes for the renovation, and often just as many questions. In this section we answer the questions our clients ask most frequently (and a couple they often never ask, but should).
HOW LONG BEFORE I CAN BEGIN MY HOME REMODEL?
This mainly depends on two factors: the size and scope of the project, and where you live. While the answers below are oversimplified, we’ve tried to give some general direction:
City of Columbus
Full home renovation or addition – One month for design and one month for permitting Smaller renovations – One month for design and three weeks for permitting.
Suburbs surrounding Columbus
Each suburb has differing permitting times due to limited staff and current volume for each of their respective locations. Some suburbs work in tandem with the City of Columbus or the Columbus Board of Health. Larger projects take additional time to review while smaller projects can be processed quickly. When full and accurate design plans are submitted, permitting can often be completed in two to four weeks.
Full home renovations or addition – One to three months for design, one to three months for boards, commissions, and panel review. The City of Columbus Planning Division serves as staff to 12 separate boards, commissions or panels and there is additional time needed for the districts who hold their own meetings and reviews. Smaller interior home renovation – One month for design, less than a month for permitting.
HOW LONG WILL MY HOME REMODELING PROJECT TAKE?
This depends mainly on the project, but generally renovations fall into the following timelines: Large home renovation or addition – Between four and seven months. Kitchen renovation – Between six and ten weeks Bathroom renovation – Between three and six weeks.
WILL I NEED AN ARCHITECT OR ENGINEER TO PREPARE PLANS, OR CAN I JUST HIRE A HOME REMODELING CONTRACTOR?
It is our opinion that an architect or experienced designer should always be part of your remodeling team. There will often be a considerable amount of money spent on your project when your vision is accomplished. This is accomplished with increasing accuracy the more you are involved in the design process. Structural drawings from an architect can be reviewed by engineering and designers can help with material selections, only then will remodeling contractors be able to execute the plan. Ohio Property Brothers will coordinate closely with all necessary team members to ensure the client’s vision is realized and their expectations are met.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF HIRING A DESIGN-BUILD FIRM LIKE OHIO PROPERTY BROTHERS?
We see many advantages to hiring professionals to accomplish tasks they are accustom to. We see this mindset when we choose other professionals to examine and provide recommendations for our bodies and overall well-being. Surgeons are routinely in surgery and contractors are routinely in homes, both should be well-informed and skilled in their profession.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO PAY FOR MY HOME REMODEL?
This is a common question and each project will have a different priced based on the scope of work. We will spend the time necessary to help you arrive at your project cost. This guide shows the actual averages that your friends and neighbors spend on their projects.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR MY HOME RENOVATION?
This will depend on how involved you want to be! Some of our clients desire to have limited options while others will spend time carefully examining many things. We will provide you with the roadmap to success regardless of which category you fall into or in-between. Generally, if you can communicate your needs clearly from the start (what you need and want to get out of the project) we are able to guide you through the process including researching the zoning feasibility, guiding you to the appropriate design, and providing you with accurate estimates and realistic timelines. Having a small number of inspirational images at the initial design consultation is always helpful.
CAN I FINANCE MY HOME REMODEL?
The equity in your home is the most common way we see our clients finance their projects. Your financial planning should be done with a well-informed professional who is accustom to that kind of lending. Upon request, we are able to connect you with local banks or mortgage lenders who will explain those options.
“Loved working with these guys. They were true professionals who cared — a lot — about our renovations, as if our home was their own. The work was thorough, recommendations sound, communication along the way flawless, and the end product is what we dreamed of. Thanks, Brian!”.