The essential goal is predictability. On the day construction (or demolition) commences, you want to know as precisely as possible what’s about to happen to your house, how much it’s going to cost and when the job will be completed.
Of course, some aspects of remodeling are truly unpredictable. Rotten framing, for example, that had been hidden behind drywall is something that would impact the job. But the majority of in-progress shocks can be avoided if you and your designer/builder do a good job of planning.
A solid design that meets your family’s needs and desires is an important component of a successful addition or remodeling project. Even before engaging a pro, think long and hard about what you expect the project to accomplish. The more specific you can be in expressing your objectives, the easier it will be for a designer to conceive the spatial solution that best fits your needs and budget.
Hiring a designer/builder means investing your time in research. The standard advice here still holds true. Get recommendations from friends and neighbors. Then talk to the candidates – and to at least a few of their recent clients. Make the effort to view first hand some recently completed work, as well. An accurate budget, a good design, and a reliable contractor all form the mix of a successful remodel.