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How much will a building or remodeling project disrupt family life?

Let’s face it. Room additions, remodeling, renovation or general repairs to the home can often force a household to endure significant short-term life changes. Some families have actually moved out of their homes to live with relatives or rent apartments until the needed work on their homes was complete.

The degree of inconvenience will usually depend on the extent of the work involved and on the layout of the home. But the short answer to the question asked in the above headline is “As little as possible.” VISION Builders believes that the bulk of home construction disruptions can be greatly minimized or even avoided with some simple up-front planning. Let’s look at some examples:

Interior room additions or renovations are usually the most challenging projects when it comes to insulating families from the activities of construction crews. But it can be done. If the work to be done is on the ground floor, plastic barriers or “corridors” to and from the outside can be a helpful way to separate work activity from the normal flow of family comings and goings. If the crew has the luxury of being assigned it’s own special entrance and exit from the home — like a backdoor or garage entrance to the work area, or a second stairway — family “traffic jams” can be greatly reduced.

Especially in the case of room additions, VISION can even create temporary working entrances/exits which allow crews to do most of their work outside but still get materials and tools into the project area – all without inconveniencing family members.

Remodeling basements with “walk-outs” makes working from the outside-in much easier. But even when there is no walk-out, existing basement windows can provide acceptable entry and egress points for workers and materials until the remodeling is complete.

Bottomline, there is no way to absolutely guarantee there won’t be inconveniences associated with building your addition or remodeling your bathroom or kitchen. But we have found that if we are aware of the family’s life patterns (when household members get up, when they come home from school, when piano students come for their lesson, when dinner time happens, etc) and then can plan our activities around them, construction can proceed fairly unobtrusively.

Our first task on any project will always be to understand, not only your vision for the addition or renovation planned, but also how we can plan the work so that your lifestyle remains as “normal” as possible.

Take a look at some of the many testimonials you’ll find on our web site. We couldn’t have hoped for glowing remarks like those if we had made ourselves nuisances during the actual building process. But don’t take our word for it. We’ll give you the phone numbers of clients who have done work similar to the work you are considering. Ask them if we found a way to maintain their family lifestyle during the building or remodeling process. You’ll see what we mean!

  admin   Nov 27, 2014   Uncategorized   Read More

Will my project be a priority or will it depend on your other jobs?

Many of the people we meet when bidding on jobs express this concern. Usually it is because they or their friends have had bad experiences with contractors who were under-staffed and under-resourced – who take on more jobs than they are able to handle because they need income. Then in an attempt to keep all of their clients happy, they bounce from job site to job site, doing a little here and a little there. The result? In an effort to please everyone they please no one.

So our answer to the above question is simple: “Our team stays on your project until we finish in the promised timeframe.”

VISION can make that claim because no other Johnson County Builder/Remodeler has more veteran suppliers and gifted sub-contractors at their disposal than VISION. On any given week, we have more than one job in progress somewhere in Johnson County — but because of our deep list of proven, professional, construction “partners,” and because our scheduling and supervisory systems have become so effective, VISION clients are able to see uninterrupted progress on the work entrusted to us.

And one more thing. When aspects of your project require the talents of different VISION team members, you will know about that. You will know the professionals working on your project at all times. It is a courtesy we believe you deserve.

The more you know about VISION, about our people, and about our desire to contribute to your confidence and peace of mind, the more we know we are doing our job right. It’s the way we’ve done things in Johnson County for over 30 years. Can we prove it to you?

Just call 913.645.7889 for a no-obligation, person-to-person chat!

  admin   Nov 08, 2014   Uncategorized   Read More