Remodeling – Understanding A Home’s Past, Present, and Future
Home Remodeling Birmingham AL is about relevance. It’s about considering a home’s past use, current operations, and future needs. A family plan can change a lot over the life of a home. While many home purchases are made with the idea of long-term living in mind, these ideas modify over time. Remodeling is the science of how to adapt a home’s ability to be relevant to the changing needs of the family living inside. To be clear, remodeling is far more than maintenance. Maintenance is and must be done to all structures to maintain good standing regardless of who occupies them or what they’re occupied for. While home remodeling often incorporates maintenance work, it has a far deeper reach. Home Remodeling Birmingham AL ultimately revolves around finding the keys to restoring relevance.
Relevance can be measured several ways depending on how a family’s plan has changed since first settling in their home. A home’s relevance might be practical, based on the size of the family and how they are increasing or decreasing. Relevance might be necessary, based on changing family health needs due to age or ability. Relevance could be based on change, where space for hobbies or in-home business becomes necessary. Relevance could also be based on desire, where updating is feasible due to circumstances allowing for different aesthetics. Whatever drives the need for change, there’s rarely an original home design that meets the ever-changing expectations of a family’s growth. For those who love their home and property, this can present quite a challenge. This is where Home Remodeling Birmingham AL comes in.
As mentioned above, Home Remodeling Birmingham AL is different from maintenance. Every structure, as it ages, requires maintenance and upkeep. This is simply caring for a structure by continuing to maintain it as built. There are multiple contractors and handypeople who can review a property and suggest what upkeep needs to be done for maintenance. These contractors however, while often skilled in their particular trade, are not in the business of helping families create more relevant spaces in which to live. Designing relevancy requires a trusted team who listens, comprehends, anticipates, and creates custom solutions for individual properties. Designing relevancy requires Oak Alley.
Remodeling with Oak Alley – Understanding the Process
Recognizing there is not a one-size-fits-all answer for homes, families, and budgets, Oak Alley can look at an overall project and help plan what needs to be done now, what doesn’t need to be done at all, and what can be saved and done at a later date. We don’t have one particular floorplan we try to sell to clients or one particular approach we use for certain style homes. We take into account the style of the house and don’t design an interior that doesn’t fit the home. We approach each home we are invited into with fresh eyes and fresh ideas. Building and Home Remodeling Birmingham AL on our staff’s years of experience, we are able to quickly engage in brainstorming with homeowners. It’s an exciting process where dreams are expressed, challenges are presented, and ideas are born.
We look at the budgets (and yes, we work with a variety of budgets) and help homeowners understand what their budget can accommodate for during their Home Remodeling Birmingham AL. We talk openly and honestly about where costs rise and fall when it comes to remodeling. What materials and what craftsmanship takes more or less time and money. We discuss alternatives when budgets don’t match dreams and we discuss how to correctly remodel in stages so budgets can be created over time. We take the time to answer the questions that build lasting partnerships.
How does a homeowner know if Oak Alley is the right remodeler to do their Home Remodeling Birmingham AL project? While earning a profit is mandatory for any successful business, earning a reputation is equally important. We are proud of our reputation in the Greater Birmingham area! Oak Alley’s reputation was not created by us though, but rather by our clients. Our past customers with whom we built relationships. Homeowners who have taken the time to review our work online, on websites, on video, and person-to-person. Homeowners who have asked us to come into their homes a second, third, or even fourth time to maintain their home’s relevancy. A reputation like this, after almost forty years in the industry, can only be built on relationships extending beyond a simple construction process. That’s how potential clients know they can trust Oak Alley to be the best choice for home remodeling.
Many homeowners want to know if they can afford to do a remodel at all. The cost of a project can either be driven by budget or by design. That’s a decision made by the homeowner that shapes how we approach the project. If there is a strict budget then we will do our best to work within that budget. We will also be upfront and let you know when a budget does not adequately cover the requests. We are never going to try to get you on the hook just to upsell you once construction has begun. While Home Remodeling Birmingham AL isn’t an inexpensive option, it’s more cost-efficient and far less disruptive than packing up and moving each time you face a lifestyle change. When you’ve made the decision to plant roots and be part of a community, moving just isn’t an option. Luckily, it doesn’t take long for many remodel projects to pay for themselves in both homeowner satisfaction and increased home value.
As each Home Remodeling Birmingham AL project is unique to its homeowners, the amount of time required to complete the remodel varies. Some homeowners have a clear vision of what they want done from the first meeting. Others are looking for advice and ideas on multiple fronts. Regardless of what the homeowner is seeking, most projects begin with measuring and modeling the house. Our Designer measures the portion of the house being remodeled and then builds a 3d rendering of it. It’s from this initial rendering all the subsequent ideas are created. 3D views allow homeowners to see what’s possible as opposed to having to imagine it while staring into the existing space. Renderings are presented a few weeks after measuring and are modified until the homeowner finds the layout that fits perfectly. Once that layout is agreed on, working drawings are created and the project is ready to get rolling.
Dreams, needs, plans, budgets, desires, thoughts, renderings, allowances, drawings, contracts, schedules…carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, tile, sheetrock, flooring, painting…whew! It’s a lot to take in. It can seem overwhelming. Just thinking about your Home Remodeling Birmingham AL project can make you nervous.
You know what you need…but getting there seems so far away. When you work with Oak Alley, however, your Home Remodeling Birmingham AL idea is not nearly as far as you might think.
We take on the work and leave you with the fun. You dream while we plan. You select while we install. You choose colors, textures, and finishes while we organize where and when they are applied. You get excited when you share ideas, gasp when you see your home deconstructed, question as it all comes together, and cheer as the finishing touches are applied, all the while relaxed because you are confident that your Home Remodeling Birmingham AL venture is in the hands of qualified professionals!
Relevance that counts requires a quality builder with quality craftsmanship using quality materials. If you’re someone who appreciates quality and is ready for a home that is relevant to your needs, we look forward to meeting you.
President and Chief Designer
Oak Alley, Inc