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home remodeling project is a wonderful idea for a homeowner looking to give their home a new look.

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46552a7e-6e8c-4844-fb98-5ea8f802fa2aThe overall success of your project hinges heavily on many deciding factors. Planning, design scheme, if it is a brand new building, or your are working with an existing structure are just a few of the issues you will need to discuss. So which architectural design service you choose can make all the difference.

So whether it's a new custom home, a renovation or an addition, here are 3 tips on choosing the right architectural design service for the job.

Research

Just as you did for your new project, doing proper research when you are trying to find a skilled and experienced architectural designer is key to its success. Look them up on the Internet, call to speak to them in person, meet them at their office, view other projects they've completed, and ask for testimonials, request copies of their previous work, and so on. The more you know, the less stress you'll have in the future.

Estimates

Talking about price for many people is difficult, and staying within a budget may be non-negotiable for some owner's. For this reason, always get detailed, written estimates of price, which contains specifics and details itemizing the project down to every cent you plan to spend. Look for a "cost objective" at the very start of the project, even if you are planning a brand new home. This way, when it comes time to make the choice, you can use each quoted price as a means to decide.

Top-Notch Service

Prices can be a huge factor for what choice you make. But sometimes this isn't always for the best. While a lower price may seem attractive at the beginning, what's more important in a lot of instances is capability, skill level, and the service being offered. For this reason, deciding on an architectural design service for your project should also include that the services being offered exceed your expectations, not just meet them. 

 

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natelli homes blogWhen it comes to dealing with home renovations, it can be easy to forget that you may find yourself in a position of short-term upkeep of the old homestead while you pursue the long-term dream of living in the completed renovation. Depending on the state of the home and the extent of the renovation needed, upkeep has the potential to become a job in and of itself. As long as you know what to look out for, however, you could turn enjoy full-time benefits for a part-time job. 

  • Exterior Walls 

Scrutinize all outside walls and trim for traces of marred clapboard, chipped bricks, broken shingles and bent siding. The exterior of the house is the only resistance you have against external forces impacting your dreams of renovation. Patch any cracks or holes in the stucco and repair or replace any parts of the exterior that is showing signs of wear. Eventually, your plan for total home renovations may allow for more extensive refinishing, but during the maintenance phase you just need to take steps from exterior walls making the renovation more work than necessary.

  • Windows

Address any windows that stick or are difficult to open or close. This could potentially be the result of decades worth of paint layers.  If opening or closing windows that stick result in further damage, replace broken sash cords or make modifications to cure the problem of binding. Caulking windows not properly insulated can help keep the interior of the home from experiencing further damage during renovations. 

  • Flooring

Refinish wood flooring and do whatever it takes to put an end to squeaky floorboards, steps or stairs as a necessary step in maintenance during the long process of completing all your home renovations. You can worry about redoing an entire floor later, but in the meantime any broken tile or ceramic flooring should be repaired or replaced. Waste no time in removing musty carpets and rugs because that smell will sink into any new items introduced into the home while renovations are taking place. 

  • Steam Heat

Older homes in need of renovations will often be a younger homebuyer's introduction to the world of houses heated by steam. Learn how to flush radiators while you decide whether or not to replace this steam heating system with a furnace system or space heaters and room unit air conditioners. Leaky radiators or radiators that continually make a banging should eventually be replaced either with a new radiator or an entirely new heating system, but in the meantime maintenance may be limited merely to learning how steam heating systems work.  

  • Roofing

Roofs should be inspected for loose, cracked or damaged shingles. A completely new roof may be part of your long term plans for home renovations, but in the meantime just make sure to replace any individual areas of disrepair. Don't forget to check that the metal flashing hasn't corroded, rusted, come undone or are otherwise suffered damage.

  • Doors

Replace or repair interior doors that stick or loosely swing open. Check around all doors leading outdoors for signs of inefficient weather-stripping. While replacing old doors with updated models may be on your list of things to do as part of your overall plan for home renovations, a short-term fix may be limited merely to the addition of insulating material. 

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