The Process of Construction & Remodel Projects

Every remodeling and construction project, whether large or small, comes with varying challenges, high points and low points , excitement and frustration. You will feel like you are on a bit of an emotional roller coaster, this is normal... In fact, we have included a light hearted chart that accurately graphs the typical emotional highs and lows that are experienced on every remodeling project. If you are a seasoned remodeling veteran, you may already know what to expect and may not need to read any further. However, if you have not lived through a remodeling project, you are probably approaching your project with some degree of anxiety and excitement. The purpose of this letter is not gloom and doom, but rather to help identify some typical challenges and to better prepare you for what naturally occurs in the course of most projects.

First, every remodeling project creates some degree of disorder, dust, uncertainty and inconvenience. People will be tearing apart your house and putting it back together again -- many of them will be people you have never met. We understand that this can be an unsettling experience and, accordingly, we expect our staff and subcontractors to respect the fact that this is your home and not a vacant warehouse. We set high standards and expectations that must be met in order to be an employee or subcontractor of Trailboss Solutions, even with these requirements met, problems can arise. We want to know immediately if you have any problems in this area so that we can take immediate steps to correct.

Second, remodeling proceeds in stages. One of the most difficult stages is working through the planning and permit process. This can be very quick and simple or it can be a frustrating and time consuming process. Patience is the key when working with the municipality and we will endeavor to provide whatever assistance may be necessary to procure the building permit as quickly as possible. Once the permit has been procured the construction planning begins, this does not mean that we have not been thinking about your project, but with permit in hand, we can begin to commit resources and to firm up construction schedules and materials procurement. You will be provided with a rough, preliminary construction schedule, which will allow you to track the progress of your construction project. Please keep in mind this schedule is approximate. Construction, is often a fluid process and the schedule is ever changing, evolving and is affected by varying factors such as, but not limited to, weather, materials availability / lead times, sub-contractor availability / schedules, timely access to the construction site / area of work, timely client material and finish decisions, and more. A certain amount of down time or "wiggle room" is scheduled in order to prevent a delay in one phase of work from potentially snowballing into significant delays for phases and trades that follow later in the schedule.

The next stage is the start of construction and the construction phase will typically begin with some form of demolition. Demolition can be a bit stressful but at the same time exciting, as it signifies the true start of the physical transformation of your home. As the old is removed and the insides of the home are exposed, some additional problems may be discovered that have remained hidden over time. If any problems or potential issues are discovered upon demolition we will clearly explain and show you what we have found and provide you with the solutions needed to keep your project on track. Electrical, heating, or plumbing services may be visible in and around the area of work. We will clean up as we go along to help minimize the demolition and construction debris.

Once the dust clears from the demolition activities, excavation, foundation and the framing of the structure follows The excavation and layout of the footings and foundation require a little extra time and the services of a surveyor may be required depending on the complexity and location of the structure. Once the foundation is in place and cured, the framing will begin. You will be amazed at how quickly your addition or new home takes shape and you will begin to believe that the project will be completed much sooner than projected. Please keep those hopes in check as the structure will take shape quickly, but the phases that follow do require a fair amount of time and they do not have such the dramatic visual effect as the framing. Once the framing nears completion, people really begin to feel that the project is taking shape, it is exciting to walk through the construction site and see the plans transformed into something you can touch and feel.

After the framing is completed the heating and ventilation, plumbing and electrical work gets underway. Each of these trades will typically follow in the order listed and each trade will occupy the home individually. Heating and ventilating has larger equipment, piping and ducting to fabricate and install and these items have the least flexibility as to where they can go so they usually get the honor of being the first mechanical trade into the building. The plumber follows next, and then last but not least, the electrician. These are trades that must happen in order and having them in all at once will actually slow progress, create problems and delays. We will ask for your participation in a meeting with the electrician and plumber in order to assist with switch, outlet and light fixture placement as well as some of the locations of plumbing fixtures.