Remodeling 101: Tips on Being Prepared

By August 18, 2016June 29th, 2018Standard

The time has come that may have made you nervous since you became a homeowner: it’s time for a remodel. From a kitchen update to a complete home remodel, it is important to be prepared for anything that could be thrown your way. No matter how big or how small the project is, the experts at Strobel Design Build will be here to take control of the planning, building and design processes, ensuring the least amount of stress for you during the project. Home remodels should be an exciting time! With the right preparation and the professional team, you can enjoy the remodeling process and it will result with the home or space of your dreams!

The first, and probably the most important, step is to research your desired project. Sure it seems easy to fall in love with the farm-style open concept layout you saw on HGTV, but not every house is alike structurally to support such designs. Take the time to research projects. Acquire information from magazines, online reviews, word of mouth, social media, etc. and come up with a general idea of what exactly you are looking for. Doing this background research will provide you with a good sense of price range, what the job entails, return on investment, and various options on products/materials that can be used.  It also doesn’t hurt to research property values in your neighborhood to ensure your remodel is coinciding with similar homes in your area.

An imperative detail to remember is that these projects will not be completed overnight. Depending on the size of the remodel, timing can range anywhere between a few weeks to a few months. Plan your living situation around the timeframe given to you by your contractor. Maintain communication with your design build team to establish availability, modes of communication, and to create a communication plan. At Strobel Design Build, our clients can always be kept in the loop through phone calls and emails. But what happens when you’re out of town but want to see the progress on your home? That’s never a problem at Strobel! Through our online and cloud-based portal, you can not only communicate 24/7 with our team, but also access a secure, online personal webpage with all project schedules, product selections, construction progress, and more details on your home’s remodel! Also, think about the remodel in a long-term manner. Is this the house you plan on raising your family in? Life can change in the blink of an eye-it is best to ensure your project will not only work for right now but also for your lifestyle in the long run.

Stick to your budget. If you plan on turning your mid-century modern home into a craftsman, make sure you are able to financially support it. Make a realistic budget and stick to it. At Strobel Design Build, our team will discuss your budget and plans with you, and determine if it’s feasible for your desired outcome. Our designers will work with you to create alternative options to best fit your budget. Your personal profile on our online portal will also keep an up-to-date balance of your budget throughout the project.

Lastly, remember the cardinal rule of remodeling: always keep your design in mind. Your design is the guide for the entire project. Consider what you dislike about your current living space and how you intend to utilize the new space. This goes with doing your research. Don’t be afraid to show us, your designer and remodeler, pictures and share your likes and dislikes. Professionals do not simply recreate a photo – we see what you want and determine a way to not only make it look aesthetically pleasing, but to also see what will benefit you from your newly renovated space, whether it’s functionality, storage, or if it properly expresses your personal style.

With the help of the experts at Strobel Design Build, and our award-winning team, you no longer have to live in fear of remodeling. Strobel Design Build will assist you every step of the way. For more information, give us a call at 727-321-5588 or send an email to to begin this process…let us construct the dream in your life!