How to Make Your Home Renovation a Success
A ‘whole-house’ home renovation is for homes where the interior walls need minor re-configuration to create the ideal floor plan. If there are any structural changes needed they are minor and confined to a small area of the home. These are structural changes such as adding a couple new openings for new windows or exterior door. A whole-house home renovation is primarily for cosmetic / surface renovations where the structure was built after 1979.
Why 1979? Because typically homes built after 1979 have mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems that are similar in materials and operational safety to what would be installed in a newly constructed home. If properly constructed to building codes much of the remaining structure is going to be very similar to a new-build. This is especially true in South Florida where the bulk of structures are built using concrete block on slab.
With many homes constructed after 1979 the MEP should not need complete replacement. This is of course is a general statement and there are outliers with some homes. For example; poly plumbing was used to cut costs by some builders in the 90’s and this material has proved itself to be prone to failure. The point is, in general with a home built after 1979 you can usually focus the bulk of your budget on designing the ideal floor plan, aesthetic and finishes to complement and enhance your lifestyle.
In South Florida a whole-house renovation will generally involve:
♦ Primarily cosmetic improvements
♦ Optimized floor plan within the confines of the existing structure
♦ Some altering of non-structural interior walls
♦ Direct replacement of windows and exterior doors with little or no changes in wall openings
If you’re thinking your project will require a lot more than cosmetic work to create your dream home, check out our Gut-Rehab & Expansion overview.
How our whole-house home renovation process works
As developers of more than 40 of our own designer spec homes we understand the challenges you face when it comes to renovating an existing building. We’ve faced and overcome challenges where the majority of people looked at a property and felt it was hopeless.
We know from experience that if you take the conventional approach to a home renovation you’ll end up with:
⊗ An Architect or Interior Designer who doesn’t understand or is able to guide you on costs
⊗ Contractors who mislead you on budgets just to get you into contact
⊗ And an unmanaged process that takes over your life.
But you don’t have to fall prey to the problems that typically come with a home renovation. When you work with Studio 818 we’ll help you avoid the design flaws, change orders and time suck that typically come with a home renovation.
In our Design + Build Management framework the first step in designing your masterplan is to create the ideal space plan for you and your family. Using our in-house lifestyle analysis, we determine the optimal flow and function that best compliments the way you live, entertain and relax.
Once we have developed the conceptual space plan then we design modifications for the building envelope to complete the overall aesthetic you want.
During the Design Development phase, we take the lead working in parallel with the architect and engineers to create a cohesive integrated plan. By working this way, the conflicts and impracticalities that normally arise during construction are much more likely to come to light. These issues can then be handled in advance ‘on paper’ rather than during actual construction.
‘Full-service’ means we oversee the hundreds of moving parts required to create your dream design, document it and bring it into reality with turn-key convenience. With our Design + Build Management framework for gut-rehabs we simplify your life as your single point of contact for the project. We handle all the headaches for you from concept to completion.
With Studio 818’s designer-led framework the design team takes the lead from conceptual planning, into design development, through construction — all the way to completion. With this top-level design-focused oversight we’re able to keep your project on-target with a relentless focus on efficiency.
Before the first hammer swings every detail is pre-planned to control project costs and increase efficiency. When construction begins we stand in the gap for you handling all the challenges that arise while protecting you, your design and your budget.