Full Home Remodeling
Starting a whole home renovation is an exciting prospect, but it can also be a daunting one. Having the experience and knowledge to navigate building codes and the permit process 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, hopes and wish lists 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 WHOLE HOUSE MAKEOVER?
This mainly depends on two factors: the scope of the project and where you live. While the answers below are oversimplified, here are some general guidelines:
City of Columbus
The City of Columbus is a fully staffed office with many departments focused on large commercial development. Everything from skyscrapers and industrial facilities to community re-development and affordable housing are processed here. Full home renovation or additions are considered small projects to the city even though they are large projects for our clients. Typically, when we submit full and accurate design plans with corresponding architectural details the process is very smooth.
- One month for Design with an architectural component and one month for permitting
Suburbs surrounding Columbus
Each suburb has differing permit processing times due to limited staff and current volume for each of their respective locations. Some suburbs and townships work in tandem with the City of Columbus, Franklin County Public Health or the Columbus Public Health. Does the above sound confusing? It is, let us help you navigate which entities are required for your project! Larger projects take additional time to review and process while smaller projects can be processed quickly. When full and accurate design plans are submitted, permitting can often be completed quickly.
- One month for Design and one to four weeks for permitting
Columbus has a rich history and cares about preserving the homes and structures in their community. Some suburbs have their own committees while others rely on the City of Columbus.
- Full home renovations or addition – One to three months for design, one to three months for boards, commissions, and panel review.
- Smaller interior home renovation – One month for design, one to six weeks for permitting.
- 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.
HOW LONG WILL THE ENTIRE 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
- Basement renovation – Between six and twelve weeks
- When we work on multiple areas of your home at the same time, the above timeline estimates are reduced
WILL I NEED AN ARCHITECT TO PREPARE PLANS, OR CAN I JUST HIRE A CONTRACTOR?
We firmly believe that an experienced Designer working in tandem with a licensed Architect will provide the most benefit to 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. Much like the conductor of an orchestra, Ohio Property Brothers will lead all necessary team members to ensure our 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 yet both need professional management to remain successful.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO PAY FOR MY HOME REMODEL?
This is our most common question and every 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.
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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 to help them make decisions more quickly while others will spend time carefully examining every color and texture. We will provide you with the roadmap to success along with logical next steps regardless of which category you fall into or in-between. Generally, if you can communicate your needs clearly (what you want versus what it could be) we are able to guide you through the entire process from phone call to final cleaning, providing you with accurate quotes and realistic timelines.
CAN I FINANCE MY HOME REMODEL?
The equity in your home is the most common way we see our clients finance their projects. Financial planning should be done with a well-informed professional who is accustom to the type of lending that supports your overall financial health. Upon request, we are able to connect you with local banks and 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!”.