Moving into a new house is both exciting and stressful, especially if you are relocating from another city or state. You want to feel comfortable and at home as quickly as possible—and that sometimes means that you need to make some changes to the residence you purchased. Of course, taking on a remodel during a relocation brings its own set of challenges. Fortunately, KNOWAtlanta has the tips and tricks you need to navigate a renovation project, courtesy of Alair Homes, the largest construction and home renovation in the world. Here, we share advice from three of the firm’s most prolific professionals: Alair Buckhead partner Frank Wickstead, Alair Decatur partner Heather Shuster and Alair Marietta partner Dale Contant.
When moving into a new home from a new city, what’s the best space to start with for a remodel?
Frank Wickstead: When contemplating a remodel, it’s important to recognize that every family’s needs and preferences are distinct. It’s often advantageous to start by enhancing spaces that best align with your unique lifestyle. At Alair Homes, our design-build approach prioritizes customization. We work closely with our clients to fully grasp their individual requirements, ensuring that the remodeling project is finely tuned to their preferences, whether it’s creating a dream kitchen, a luxurious master suite, or enhancing other key areas of their home in this dynamic area.
What should people look for when choosing the right remodeler for their project?
Heather Shuster: Choosing the right remodeler is crucial. When selecting a remodeler, it’s essential to find someone with a proven track record and a deep understanding of local codes and regulations . At Alair Decatur, our commitment to quality and craftsmanship ensures that your historical home is beautifully restored while complying with preservation standards. We pride ourselves on a dedicated project manager, guaranteeing the highest quality and historical accuracy in your renovation.
How long should a new homeowner expect a remodel to take?
Dale Contant: The duration of a remodel can vary significantly and is influenced by several factors, including the client’s unique circumstances and preferences. It’s important to note that external factors, such as world events, like the impact of COVID-19, can also play a role in the timeline or product availability. To determine a precise timeline, we recommend consulting with your remodeler. At Alair Homes, we take pride in our efficient project management, which not only considers the client’s needs, but also accounts for potential external factors, helping to keep timelines on track and minimize any disruptions, ensuring a smoother renovation experience tailored to your specific needs.
What is your top advice for handling your remodeling budget?
Frank Wickstead: Budget management is a key aspect of a successful remodel. At Alair Homes, we recommend being realistic about your budget and creating a contingency fund for unexpected expenses. Our transparent, client-control approach allows clients to track costs and make informed decisions throughout the project, ensuring that the budget remains on track. We also provide value-engineering options, helping clients achieve their goals without unnecessary expenses.
What are your tips for navigating a remodeling process in tandem with a moving process?
Heather Shuster: Coordinating a remodel and a move requires careful planning. At Alair Homes, we pride ourselves on our flexible and adaptable project management team. We often collaborate with clients to create a phased plan, allowing them to transition into their new home smoothly. Effective communication is the cornerstone of our approach, and our project management team is ever present, ensuring that any issues are promptly addressed and resolved. This commitment to open and clear communication is vital in guaranteeing a seamless transition and a successful remodeling process.
What are your top overall tips for managing a remodel?
Dale Contant: Managing a remodel successfully is a combination of planning, communication and trust. Alair Homes believes in a collaborative approach, involving the client in every step of the process. We encourage homeowners to express their vision, set clear priorities and trust our experienced team to deliver exceptional results. With Alair Homes, you can count on a team dedicated to quality, transparency and client satisfaction, making your remodeling journey a rewarding one.
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Alair Homes in Action
Working across metro Atlanta and beyond, Alair Homes has completed myriad renovation projects in homes of all sizes. Let’s take a look at two standout projects that just might provide some inspiration for your own remodeling project.
Wynthrop Manor Drive, Marietta Bathroom Remodel
The Alair team took a dated bathroom with an awkward layout and transformed it into a showstopper. They began by creating access to the space from the master bedroom through a rain-glass pocket door. Features in the new bathroom included a heated tile floor, a heated towel rack and a luxurious walk-in shower. Dark bronze hardware complemented the white and pearl tiles used throughout the space, and custom cabinetry added ample storage solutions for the homeowners. An infrared sauna took the space to a new level and provided an elegant focal point next to the roomy linen closet. The project earned Alair Homes the 2020 NARI National CotY award for a residential bathroom remodel between $75,001 and $100,000.
Glen Hampton Drive, Milton Kitchen Remodel
The goal of this kitchen remodel was to open up the cramped space, improve the flow and let more of the outdoors in. To start, the Alair team replaced two small windows that were over two separate sinks with a large arched window over one sink to increase the front yard view. They also replaced the outdated finishes; the upgraded materials took this already attractive home to the next level. Additionally, a new wood finish floor complemented the upgraded cabinets and appliances and new island with seating. Fresh paint on the new brick walls gave the space the industrial look the homeowners wanted.