5 Essential Keys to Every Successful Remodel™

When starting a remodel or renovation project it easy for homeowners to feel overwhelmed about project scope, project budget, and the long list of decisions to be made.

At Provanti Designs, we ease those concerns with care, creativity, and competence. We take projects from functional beginnings to fabulous results with grace, ease and confidence. Our strategy for a successful remodel or renovation project is simple.


5 Essential Keys to Every Successful Remodel or Renovation


When starting a remodel or renovation project many people jump in and hire a general contractor to carry out the whole project. The challenge for most homeowners is to understand at this early phase exactly what is entailed to realize their vision. While most general contractors are good at what they do – construction – they cannot offer the creative vision, or planning expertise required to develop and manage a successful remodel/renovation project from start to finish. 

This is where Provanti Designs comes in – the 5 Essential Keys™ covers all aspects of the project and supports a successful remodel or renovation for every client, every time.


Remarkable Design – Essential Key #1

Remarkable Design is a blending of project assessment, material research and interior design to address the scope and meet the needs of the remodel project. We work with passion, conviction, and exacting attention to detail and project flow. We listen carefully and move forward with thoughtful and measured deliberation at each step. Our goal is to meet and exceed client expectations every time. Stylistically, whether clients prefer a Pacific Northwest look, traditional or European styling, or a motif that reflects distinct, contemporary flair, at Provanti Designs we delight in researching perfect fit finishes and materials that generate stunning results.


Detailed Specifications – Essential Key #2

Exactly what goes into your remodel or renovation project – materials, appliances, fixtures, architectural detail and layout designs – are the specific building blocks indispensable to defining your remodel. It is only with this definition – a specific list of building blocks – that you will be able to obtain valid estimates of both cost and time to completion. The detailed specifications give basis to the level of contractor and subcontractor skill required to successfully accomplish your remodel. Click here to see an example of a specification sheet.


Appropriate Bid & Budget – Essential Key #3

Your project bid is only as good as the assumptions that are priced out. The most efficient and effective bids are built upon a detailed specification list. Submitting a detailed specification list to contractors bidding on your project gives you common ground upon which to make an apples-to-apples comparison of the bids coming your way. A detailed remodel/renovation specification takes away the grey areas where assumptions creep in – assumptions that may or may not meet your expectations. A detailed specification will give you an appropriate bid – it will cover all costs associated with your specific design desires and timeline expectations. Most important, it will give you line-by-line costing. Line-by-line costing gives you power over your budget. If you want to reduce the bid by 10%, you will have the detailed information you need to make the compromises and trade-offs required to reduce your investment to a level you want.


Proper Scheduling – Essential Key #4

Once all the designs are approved and decisions are made your materials can be ordered prior to demolition of your home and reconstruction. The planning that goes into design and material decisions is instrumental not only in obtaining a valid bid and budget – but it is also pivotal to the construction schedule. You have an expectation of when your remodel/renovation will be completed and you will be disappointed and frustrated if it is not done on time. A vital component to being done on time is to have the materials on hand, ready to go.When all materials have been specified prior to the bid process, it is straightforward to get those orders in process early.


Great General Contractor – Essential Key #5

You’ve got to have a great general contractor. Their skills and the quality of their subcontractors are both going to determine the outcome of your remodel. You are going to spend a lot of time with these people. The cost of their bid is only one consideration. Their ability to communicate and work together closely is critical to the sanity of all involved and the smoothness of your project. Choose your general contractor well – you need him (or her) – they work for you – and they are accountable to you. This is the 5th and last of the Essential Keys to Your Successful Remodel or Renovation.

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