Building codes vary from one jurisdiction to another and a licensed architect may or may not be required depending on the project. If your project does not require an architect we have the capability of rendering Computer Assited Drawings in our office. We also can refer you to licensed architects who are familiar with remodeling. Special challenges must be met in remodeling projects as opposed to new construction. Design/Build can provide you with one company to see your project through from start to finish, keeping design and budget in mind.
Whatever option you choose: Architect, General Contractor or Design/Build Contractor, this is your first step.
What your design professional will need to know:
Visiting showrooms can give you lots of ideas as well as prices
Make sure you compare "Apples to Apples"
This is frequently where price differences come into play. If there are few exact specifications on a plan each contractor must "make-up" his own and they are often not the same.
Ask contractors to be as specific as possible in their bid on all phases of the project. Never agree to an oral "It's included"---Get it in writing!
Have the contractor go over his proposal with you and answer any questions you may have about materials, scheduling, alternatives, construction terms you may not understand, etc. A good contractor will be happy to do this.
Choosing Your Contractor
After you have all your bids "Apples to Apples" the lowest price may not be the best choice. The contractor and his crews will be spending a lot of time in your home, make sure you feel comfortable with them. Start and finish dates can also be a consideration. Most importantly ask the following questions before you sign any contract.
Once you have chosen your contractor, have a formal contract drawn up. Many contractors have their own forms or you can use pre-printed, fill-in-the-blank types. Read and understand the contract. The contract defines the responsibilities of the contractor as well as the owner.
Once the project is underway you can keep it running smoothly by making timely decisions. Get those plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, tiles, paint colors, carpeting, windows, door knobs picked out early on. Be aware of availability of products, you don't want to be caught at the end of the project with tile that won't be available for eight weeks. Making a first, second and third choice is often a good way to go. If you have materials that have allowances make sure to choose products within that price range. If your choice is for something more expensive the contract will increase by the amount over the allowance. This sometimes happens when you find "the perfect" thing. As soon as you give the contractor the exact item you want, ask him to inform you of the credit or addition it will cause in the contract price. Make every attempt to request prices on changes well in advance and make these decisions quickly. This will reduce delays in the completion of the project.
If you've read this far you may feel overwhelmed. You needn't if you choose Janicki Construction as your contractor. Our office staff and on-the-job personnel are available to keep things on track, to listen to your concerns, and to answer any of your questions. We want you to be an integral part of the construction process. Remodeling can be fun and a great learning experience--so ask questions!
Janicki Construction Company, Inc.
1800 Nations Drive Ste. 117
Gurnee, IL 60031
9718 Lakeshore Drive
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158