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5 Surprising Reasons You Shouldn’t Listen to Your Remodeler (and five strategies for your project to go smoother)

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Exterior Remodeling, Home Organization & Storage, Kitchen Remodeling

5 Surprising Reasons You Shouldn't Listen to Your Remodeler with 5 Strategies for Your Project to Go Smoother | Innovate Building Solutions

This article isn’t written to dis(respect) remodeling contractors and companies. Hey – the reality is I’m earning a living in this world. I’m a guy who designs, sells, wholesales and launches new remodeling products into the market – and I’ve been doing this since 1985 (man – that makes me sound O-L-D!).

Remodelers and remodeling companies (mine included) are simply a group of people. We each have our own strengths, weaknesses, points of view and depth of knowledge. We have been brought together with the goal of successfully completing (and supplying) jobs for you. We want to minimize problems along the way – and make a few bucks while we’re at it. Perfect we’re not -just ask our wives, husbands, significant others and fellow employees. The only person who ‘may’ think we can do no wrong is Mom – but even she wonders from time to time.

It’s because of our humanity (our imperfections) that I would tell you there are times you shouldn’t listen to us. Crazy – huh? Yes, you heard that right, I said it, don’t listen to us (I hope my kids aren’t reading this now).

There are times you shouldn’t take our word for it.

There are times you need to challenge us.

There are times you need to check us out to make sure we’re ‘legit’ (or in the words of the infamous hip-hop artist MC Hammer – ‘too legit to quit….your job.’

You need to make sure you find a good remodeler (there is no such thing as a perfect remodeler). One who will work with you. One who won’t dictate the terms, conditions and products you’ll use on your job (it is your job, now isn’t it?). Before entering into a remodeling contract, you need to know the strengths (and limitations) of your contractor, when you should listen to them, and when you shouldn’t.

The goal of this article is simple. It’s not to slam contractors (we’re an easy enough mark as it is). It is to give you a realistic perspective on how to choose, and work with your contractor so your project goes smoother and – most importantly – you get what you want.

Let’s look at 5 reasons you shouldn’t listen to your contractor and 5 simple strategies for your project to go smoother.

4 critical questions to find a progressive bathroom remodeling contractor

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

4 critical questions you need to find a bathroom remodeling contractor from the Cleveland Design Remodeling division of Innovate Building Solutions

Phyllis just got done firing her second (ouch) remodeling contractor when she called me in tears! She said, “Mike these guys were as dumb as rocks. They (incorrectly) built half the wall you supplied and then asked me for the directions. All they care about is getting paid – not about delivering a quality job with the materials I want to use!”

As a nationwide bathroom building material supplier and a local bathroom remodeler (in Cleveland and Columbus Ohio) I wish I could tell you there was anything unique about the frustration Phyllis tearfully expressed above. Construction is often a process you must “endure” to get a stylish and better functioning bathroom. But should bathroom remodeling be a process you need to be “drug through” (and you may feel like you need drugs – just kidding – to get you through) when you’re spending so much money???

IMHO (in my humble opinion) these bad bathroom remodeler experiences have to stop. Bathroom remodeling should not be the following:

  • A “one day process” where a high-pressure franchise salesperson sells a one-day bathroom system with an offer “you must sign today” or it will be gone forever. Why should you be uncomfortable and feel like your arms (and every other limb) are being twisted in the sales process?
  • A contractor driven project where they are telling you, “Lady this is how I’m going to build your shower.” Aren’t you the one paying to get this done after all? It should be about what you want.
  • A one size fits all “solution.” You have different members of your family with unique needs. Shouldn’t your bathroom be designed with everyone’s needs (both today and tomorrow) in mind?

It’s simple to spew out frustration about bathroom remodeling. The challenge is to know the right questions to ask in the research and contractor selection process. With the right questions, you won’t get a dud you then need to figure out how to get rid of in the middle of the job without getting tangled up in a huge lawsuit.

How can you find a progressive bathroom remodeling contractor (yes there are actually a few these companies out there) who will treat you the way you deserve to be treated? Ask these 4 critical questions so you don’t have to suffer through the contractor from hell!

5 Non-Traditional Questions to Ask to Select a Remodeling Contractor

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

How to choose a remodeling contractor

What is your mental picture of a remodeling contractor? Is it a gruff guy with a crowbar, a rock-star type with a toolbelt, an electrician you worry wired your home incorrectly or is it a caring, competent professional using the best materials, methods and processes for your kitchen, bathroom or basement remodeling project? If you’re like most people the not so flattering image of a contractor certainly prevails. Choosing a knowledgeable, skilled and fair contractor can be the most critical decision to ensure your project which will look good and endure the test of time. In the article below learn 5 non-traditional questions to ask contractors your consider for your project to find a winner.

7 1/2 Tips to Choose a Remodeling Contractor Who Won’t be a Pain in the Butt or Wallet to Work With

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling

 

Choose a remodeling contractor with construction & business experience

Choose a remodeling contractor with construction & business experience

Let’s face it most bathroom, kitchen or basement remodeling contractors are a pain in the butt to deal with. Construction delays, change orders, poor communications can all be par for the course (if you’re a consumer with a nightmarish contractor story you’re not alone!).

The reality is many remodeling projects are complex (there are a lot of steps and different construction trades in the process) and a good percentage of the skilled trades don’t have the business and organizational background to manage and lead the people and processes to ensure an excellent customer experience. So… the question is what can you do to choose the right general contractor the first time? Check out the 7 ½ tips below:

Project Spotlight: Adding a Front Porch Roof for Safety, Style, & Function – Cleveland Ohio

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Commercial Remodeling & New Construction, Exterior Remodeling

Front Porch Design Hip Style Roof Cleveland Ohio
Front Porch Addition Hip Style Roof Cleveland Ohio
Front Porch Roof Addition during construction with fiberglass columns and vinyl soffit
Front Porch Addition During Construction – Fiberglass Columns and Vinyl Soffit for Low Maintenance

The problem: Rich (a homeowner in Cleveland Ohio) had a problem – the lack of a front porch roof caused the concrete stoop to get icy and unsafe in the winter, the front entry door was hard to open, and the look of the front entrance was not as nice as Rich would like. Rich wanted to make sure to do this project with low maintenance materials to minimize time he might need to spend maintaining the roof and porch structure.

The solution: Steve Vlk (Project Manager from Cleveland Design & Remodeling) designed a hip style front roof which was attached to the existing home. Steve recommended materials for the project to compliment the architecture of the home and to keep the structure as maintenance free as possible for Rich. Here are the specific decisions Rich and Steve made to achieve a safe, stylish, and better functioning front porch design.   

9 Kitchen Remodeling Tips that would make the Food Network Stars Proud

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block, Kitchen Remodeling, Windows

Granite kitchen coutertops with a stainless steel cook top
Kitchen remodeling project Columbus Ohio
Kitchen remodeling project Columbus Ohio Beige color cabinets

Whether you’re watching a fun show on the Food Network or enjoying a holiday gathering around a kitchen island – the desire to have a fun and functional kitchen has never been hotter. If you’re considering a kitchen remodeling project here’s 9 tips to make your finished space stand out:

“If you can’t sell your home, remodel it”

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling

Bathroom remodeling project

Let’s face it selling a home in today’s economy can be very difficult – and getting a high resale price for your home right now might be near impossible. With this sales environment more homeowners are choosing to remodel a bathroom, kitchen and other high usage spaces of a home. You might be asking how you can improve your home, do it with a cost-conscious budget in mind, and maximize your home’s long term value. Here are some pointers to consider:

Your bathroom remodeling project – Be Inspired!

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Commercial Remodeling & New Construction

Falling water home by Frank Lloyd Wright

Falling water home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Remodeled bathroom

Remodeled bathroom
A remodeled bathroom

On a recent trip to Nemacolin Woodlands (a fantastic vacation spot) my 11 year old son met another boy his age from New Jersey. After talking to the boy I learned that he motivated his parents to drive him all the way from New Jersey to this vacation spot in Pennsylvania (about a 10 hour drive) because he wants to be an architect and wanted to see Fallingwater (the famous home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright). I thought to myself how cool is it that an 11 year old boy would be excited enough about home design to be able to get his parents to take him this far just to see a house!

This young man should be an inspiration to us all. Why settle for a boring bathroom remodeling project when you can design something with a sense of wow and/or a feeling of tranquility? Why “settle” for a bland bathroom when with a little planning you can have something extraordinary? Here are some ideas to inspire your bathroom remodeling design:

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