A home renovation can be a stressful and exciting time in any homeowner’s life. With what seems like a million and one people coming and going from your house each day, it can be tough to keep track of who does what exactly. But at CHART, we strive to make your home renovation as enjoyable and simple as possible— no matter how big or small your project may be. And with over 37 years of renovation and building experience, we’ve got project roles and responsibilities down to a science. Continue reading below to learn more about the different roles of a renovation and what exactly each team member is responsible for when it comes to your project.
Let’s start with the most obvious renovation role, the homeowner. As the homeowner, you are at the top of the food chain, the boss, if you will. You have as much or as little say in your project as you like and when it comes down to it, you get the final say on finishes, paint colours, layout and more.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Two people are better than one.”? Well, at CHART we disagree. And that’s why your project manager is also your Designer. But don’t think we’ve simply slapped a “designer” label on their business cards and called it a day. They’ve got the experience to back it up (click through our photo galleries to see for yourself). Rather than employing an army of project managers and designers for your project, we choose to use one extremely-capable person to keep things as simple as possible. With one person to speak with, it guarantees everyone is on the same page every step of the way and ensures your project goes as planned from start to finish. It also helps keep your end cost down— with one less person spending time on your project.
So, what exactly does the project manager/designer do? What don’t they do!
The project manager/designer is the hub of every project and renovation. Initially, they’ll answer any questions about our team and services you may have and provide you with any initial quotes you might require. From there, they’ll continue to start planning and designing your new space. They’ll take exact measurements of your room(s), build floorplans, incorporate your design style, choose paint colours and finishes, build a 3D model of your finished room and work with you until you are 100% happy with the proposed layout and design. But their job doesn’t end there! Your project manager/designer will continue to work with you every step of the way. As your project transitions from floor plan to finished product, they'll answer any questions you might have, keep your project on schedule, update you on project progress, communicate with outside vendors and help troubleshoot any problems or issues that may occur along the way.
Now that you know who will be overseeing the design, progress and completion of your project, it’s time to learn about the team that will be responsible for transforming the floorplans into reality— the build team. These are your foremen, carpenters and painters.
The build team’s job starts when you and your project manager/designer finalize the floor plans. Once they've been given the green light, they'll start by preparing your home for demo. This means hanging plastic sheets to protect adjacent rooms from dust and debris, removing any items that will be saved and reviewing the new floor plans to ensure they are on the same page as you and your project manager. After that, it's demo time. Each member of our build team is highly-trained and has years of experience to ensure this part of the project is carried out safely and efficiently. After the demo is complete, it's time to start crafting your space. Over the next little while, your build team will spend hours turning studs into frames, frames into walls and walls into a room until finally, your new dream space is complete.
Along the way, the build team will require assistance when it comes to specialty parts of your project. But don’t worry, we’re not about to ask you to grab your tool belt and memorize the Ontario Building Code. This is where the individuals below come into play.
While not an official title, “vendors” is a term we like to use when referring to the individuals and companies that we turn to for materials, products and specialty services. This group can include but isn't limited to building material suppliers, electricians, plumbers, AV professionals and even décor and furniture providers.
And because you're working with us, you'll receive nothing but the absolute best products and services. Over the years, we've learned where to get the best quality building materials and have developed strong working relationships with the region's finest tradespeople.
We get that many faces coming in and out of your house can make a renovation stressful rather than enjoyable. But with the help of this article, we hope we were able to shine some light on the entire process and ease your mind as you prepare for your next renovation. If you'd like to learn more about our team or would like to get in touch with one of them specifically, click here to visit the "Team" section of our website. And as always, if you have any questions regarding the home renovation/construction process or would like to get started on your next project, reach out to us by phone or email and we would be more than happy to help.