You’ve decided to renovate your home. Who should you hire for a renovation? Do you only need to hire a general contractor, or are other professionals needed? Depending on your scope and spend, knowing who to reach out to, and when, will help you plan.
Do you need an architect or interior designer on your “dream team”? Every major renovation project requires a general contractor to handle the actual construction work done. Some renovations, however, need a trained architect for technical and design services. This can include creating architectural drawings for board or Department of Buildings (or local equivalent) permitting and approvals. Some renovators hire architects to provide a level of style, detail, and management. Some feel it’s worth the expense, sometimes estimated at 20% of the budget.
It’s important to note that there can be overlap among services. For example, some architects can also provide design expertise for layout and materials. If you hire an interior designer who has drawings, he/she may be able to secure the services of an architect to have them stamped.
Here, Sweeten, a free renovation platform that matches homeowners with licensed general contractors and offers support, outlines what each pro brings to the project:
You’ll need an architect if any of the following apply to your renovation:
Going straight to a contractor may best suit your job if none of the above apply to your renovation. You would also have a general idea of what you’d like to do with the space. Most contractors can give some guidance on design, materials, and creative solutions for tackling challenges.
NOTE: A contractor who is licensed ensures that the necessary level of checkpoints and screening processes have been met. More on this below.
If walls and room functions are not being altered dramatically, an interior designer can help with things like:
Design-build can be a cost-effective option for medium to large-scale renovations. They also work well on any project that requires high attention to detail. These teams offer:
A renovation has a lot of moving parts. A frequently asked question is how to tackle a renovation in an organized fashion. Look to build your team based on your needs, whether that involves architectural plans or permits to deciding the aesthetic or finishes, or all of the above.
A locally valid license and proper insurance is a must for any reliable general contractor. Your county or state website will list all licensed contractors in the licensing or consumer affairs sections. To join Sweeten’s NYC network, for example, a contractor must have a valid Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) license. They must also pass the Department of Consumer Affairs background check to meet certain industry standards.
A note of warning to those tempted by the lower estimates of an unlicensed contractor: Contractors without bonafide credentials may not be able to obtain the required permits for your job. If work fails to meet building codes, you will be responsible for the repairs. (That can turn into an unpleasant surprise when some homeowners want to sell their house.)
Allowing work on your property by an unlicensed contractor could also nullify your homeowner’s insurance policy. If the contractor doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance, you become the de facto employer. You’ll be responsible for any accidents on the property, or anyone else’s property, if the contractor is negligent.
Named “Best Contractor Locator” by New York Magazine, Sweeten is a free service that matches homeowners and business owners with the best general contractors for their renovation, with personal support from start to project completion.
Treat yourself to some luxurious linens and feather-soft sheets with these three female-founded Canadian brands defining the future of bedding.
Environmentally friendly stonewashed linen bedding made from flax that’s grown, woven and sewn in Western Europe, making it durable and breathable. Vancouver-based Janine Bouchard worked in apparel before launching Last Light, and calls herself a “textile nerd.” “I love timeless, natural colors that are inspired by the West Coast and will still look beautiful in 10 years,” says Janine.
Founded by Vancouverites Oana Papuc, Anna Heyd and Vivian McCormick, this buzz-worthy company creates perfectly wrinkled French linen bedding in a variety of timeless colors, plus additional seasonal colors introduced twice a year. Up next? A kitchen line in collaboration with entrepreneur Jackie Kai Ellis and Apt La Fayette, set to launch later in 2020. “Our business is the intersection of our deep love of sleep, our shared passion for beautiful things and a thoughtful design aesthetic.”
Sustainable and luxurious GOTS-certified organic cotton bedding sourced from Quebec and made in Toronto. Everything from duvet covers to crib sheets are offered in three goes-with- everything hues — Snow, Slate and White Sand. Fun finishing touch: For bed-making ease, discreet labels mark the short and long sides of fitted sheets. “My inspiration comes from creating a sacred space for people to rest, recover and savor the ritual of bedtime,” says founder Nicole Bernstein.
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