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*New* My Start Here Guide!

Thinking of remodeling, but wondering where to start? I got you! I just added this new diagram to my Kitchen & Bathroom Checklist. Grab your copy for FREE!

Overwhelm at the beginning of a remodeling project is a very common condition. There is no industry standard map of the design and construction process, and many homeowners go directly to a general contractor for guidance, which can lead to inadequate planning upfront.

I think it's important to remember that a design is a plan, not just an aesthetic vision. Oxford defines the word design as: "a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is built or made.".

You can imagine that if you asked someone to build you a vehicle without communicating any design details, you would risk ending up with a minivan when you wanted a sports car. Building or remodeling a house is the same way. When you approach a general contractor without a design on paper, you are taking your chances on what will be bid and built.

This reality often puts general contractors in a pickle. If they are bidding against other general contractors, they don't want to send you away to pay for design work. They want you to sign a contract with them... but how does anyone know exactly what is being contracted without a design on paper?

This pickle is the root of budget overruns, schedule slides, and most all the construction nightmares that you have heard about.

The moral of my story is, DON'T SKIP DESIGN, and for a more detailed look at what design should include, grab my free download!

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