Give yourself time

By Casey Grey

People usually start thinking about their renovation in the spring. However, fall is probably the best time to start planning your project. If it’s an interior project, the weather won’t slow you down, and the work can be done through the winter. If it happens to be a larger project, like an addition, allowing extra time to plan through the fall and winter is probably the greatest gift you’ll give yourself.

We RenoMark™ renovators always want to over-deliver on our clients’ expectations. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible, and it’s really tough when the project starts off with an extremely short timeline. This can result in failure to meet your expectations. (Nothing great rarely happens overnight, after all.)

For a project to go from an idea to a physical structure, there are literally hundreds of people involved. Here are some examples:

  • Designers
  • Architects
  • Draftspeople
  • Structural engineers
  • Geotechnical engineers
  • Excavation crew
  • Foundation/concrete crew
  • Framers
  • Roofers
  • Siding crew
  • Masonry crew
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • HVAC crew
  • Insulation crew
  • Drywall crew
  • Painters
  • Hardwood installers
  • Tile installers

On top of all that, there are all the people you deal with at all the suppliers’ locations where you purchase the materials for all the people involved above.     Before that can even happen, there are the people who work at the manufacturing plants who build all the materials and supplies you purchase for your home.

And even before that, there are the creative people who design what is being manufactured.

When you think about it, it’s a miracle that all these moving parts somehow come together so we end up with beautiful new homes. (Hats off to everyone out there who’s a part of this amazing system!)

The more time you give yourself, the better your project will be – not only because of all the moving parts involved, but also because rushing yourself or your team will lead to mistakes and a lower quality product.

I’m not saying you need to take two years to plan your project, but you do want to make sure the time frame is reasonable.

The timing depends on how much time you, as homeowner, are able to give towards your project. Yes, there is a massive team bringing your project together, but you’re the one who knows what you want, and you need to get that out to the team you are working with. If you’re one to make quick decisions, you’ll need less time than if you tend to take longer making decisions.

For example, on smaller projects like a bathroom, I would recommend giving yourself at least two months worth of planning. If you need a permit, you may have to add a couple weeks to that. If it’s a major renovation or addition, three to four months would be a more reasonable time frame. Can it be done quicker? Yes. Will it be worth it in the end? Probably not.

If you’re planning on renovating this winter or in the coming spring, book your RenoMark™ renovator – soon.

Casey Grey, Chair of the Renovators Council of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association and the local RenoMark program, is CEO of The Conscious Builder, Inc.