As a design, planning and facilitation company, we have the marvelous opportunity to work with homeowners at many stages of the renovation process. Often we are brought onto the scene when a small seedling of an idea has been planted: “We’re thinking of doing a renovation.” We then walk alongside homeowners to cultivate that seed and we begin to see it grow past the concept stage, into drawings, layouts, specifications, selections and a full feature design. Once the design is finalized, it goes to permit and then the construction can begin. Our process gives us the opportunity to walk with our clients from day one all the way to completion. It’s a real privilege.
Yesterday, was a big milestone for one of our clients as we, along with our preferred partner Queen Street Carpentry, launched the construction phase of the “Industrial Farmhouse” renovation. It was a big day because, it marked a turning point in the renovation process as we begin to see the designs we’ve worked so hard to create come to life. We like to celebrate this with an onsite launch!
For this project, the homeowners are managing the project themselves and have already done a TON of work. They bought this country farmhouse earlier this year, and once we were into the design process and had nailed down the layout, the homeowner started the demolition. It was his fervor that really inspired us in our DIY Renovation Guide, as we saw first hand how homeowners could really save themselves a lot of money if they were willing to get their hands dirty. Removing drywall, taking out mouse-infested insulation, pulling staples, and ripping up floors, not only saved the homeowner labour costs, but it also allowed the contractor to see exactly what he was dealing with, taking away the guess work of the quoting process. This gave the homeowner a great sense of ownership of the project and allowed him to move forward with confidence, knowing he had done what he could to save money and make informed decisions about what needed to be done.
It’s easy to overlook these steps when looking at ways to save money. In our newly released DIY Renovation Guide we walk through a number of ways DIYers can save themselves some money, while still adding great value to their renovation project. Download a free copy of your guide today and equip yourself with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your project and in turn make the most of your resources.
We would be happy to walk with you as you go down this journey and would look forward to launching your renovation project with an onsite launch in the fall.