Here are some of the most commonly asked questions. We encourage you to give us a call at 781-826-0559 or send us an email at info@RenovisionsInc.com. Should you have any issues or concerns we’d be happy to help you.
Q. What are the benefits of a design/build company?
A. The decision to go forward with a Design/Build Company is the best way to minimize the risk to you and ensure a successful outcome for your project. To answer this question, we have provided several bullets of what we believe are the most important reasons. Please click on each to learn more.
Q. Will I be required to come up with a design?
A. We like to think that it is a collaborative effort. We will sit with you, listen to your ideas, bounce some ideas around with you, then come back with concepts. We’ll then again sit with you and together finalize the plans.
Q. What happens if I want to change something in the design once it is finalized?
A. Depending upon the stage of the project and when product and materials were ordered, we are always available for discussion to update and make improvements to the contract..
Q. Will I have to worry about Building Code Regulations and obtaining permits?
A. No. Renovisions, Inc. will take care of all permits if they are needed. We are licensed General Contractors trained in Massachusetts Building Code and Insured regulations.
Q. Will either Cathy or Ed always be involved in my Renovision?
A. Yes, of course! We are the people you will always interact with.
Q. What if I am already working with my carpenter, but want to purchase cabinets, countertops, appliances and more from you?
A. Absolutely! We are "contractor friendly" and would be happy to work with both you and your contractor to get what you really want for your project.
Q. Do you accept credit cards for all purchases?
A. Yes, we gladly accept MasterCard and Visa cards up to $2,500.
Q. If I purchase GE appliances from you, will you deliver them to my home?
A. Yes, we provide delivery within a 20-mile radius from our showroom.
Q. What is the average cost for a kitchen and bath?
A. According to “Remodeling Magazine,” Cost vs. Value Report 2012, New England National Average of mid-range:
Midrange Bath: $17,460
Upscale Bath: $54,374
Midrange Kitchen: $58,982
Upscale Kitchen: $112,841
Major Kitchen remodel is $59,000
Cost recouped at 78%
According to www.costvsvalue.com, New England National Average of for Upscale Kitchen and Bath:
Bathroom remodel is $54,000
Major Kitchen remodel is $114,000
Q. Do you have any literature that would be helpful in our planning process for a kitchen?
A. We provide a resource booklet called “Buying a new kitchen;" included inside is what we believe you need to know about Kitchen Design and Remodeling. Please feel free to come into our showroom for a copy. We also have several resources, trade magazines and informational booklets that are extremely helpful.
Q. Can we remove a wall between our kitchen and dining room? If so, what does it entail?
A. The short answer is that yes you can, however with several considerations. The first is to determine whether the wall is load bearing or not. If the wall is not load bearing and just a partition wall, than it can usually be removed without issue.
If it is determined that the wall is in fact load bearing, it can usually still be removed but will need to be replaced with a properly designed support beam. There are generally two ways the beam can be installed either by recessing it up in the ceiling for a flush look, or by installing it under the ceiling if a boxed in beam look or arch is desired. Either method will require properly designed support columns at either end.
The beam can be made out of laminated wood called (LVL), or steel. A beam made of LVL will be much taller than one made of steel, so if you have low ceilings and want a flush look then a steel beam may be the only choice. Otherwise either one can work fine. A boxed in beam dressed up with some moulding and decorative columns can look very nice too it’s all a matter of personal preference and of course budget.
One more thing to consider is that there may be electrical wiring and also plumbing and/or heating in the wall that that may need also to be moved or relocated.
Removing a wall between two rooms can be a great way to create some much needed space and give your home an entirely new look and feel however keep in mind that it is not a project for the amateur. Any project that could affect the structural integrity of a building should only be done by a licensed and insured professional and approved by the local building inspector. It can be very dangerous and usually requires the use of an architect or structural engineer to properly calculate weight loads and design a support beam accordingly.
Q. What is the sequence of events when doing a Renovision? We’re planning on remodeling our kitchen and would like to know in what order installations, materials, etc. are put in and torn out?
A. After you’ve made all of your choices and have the installation specifications for the products and materials you will use, you will need to discuss the schedule with your designer/contractor. They will provide a detailed scope of work and go over the installation order based on the lead times and specifications on various materials.
A typical schedule would start with a complete demolition, any structural modifications, installation of windows and doors, plumbing modifications, electrical modifications, drywall, tape and texture, painting, floor and underlayment, cabinet installation, countertops, plumbing and electrical finish, floor covering installation and appliance installation.
Next, set up a beautiful table scape with some gorgeous Vietri fine Italian Dishes, light a Mia Bella Candle with a delicious aroma, and then invite your family & friends over for a grand dinner party!
Q. What does the design process include?
A. Taking the time to get to know you, your tastes, budgets, ideas and dreams. We bring together several products, concepts and elements of color to create the right space for you. We can also provide CAD illustrations, floor plans and elevations.
Q. Do you hire, manage and pay the sub- contractors such as the electricians, plumbers, tile installers, painters or others.
A. Yes; Sub-contractors such as plumbers, electricians, plasterers, tile installers and painters will be hired, managed & paid so you do not have to worry about these added responsibilities on top of your already busy schedules.
Q. Will you order everything you need to complete the project, including the little things you don’t see?
A. Absolutely, we are a full service design/build company that not only orders every item we will need to complete your job, but will examine all orders when we receive them to ensure 100% satisfaction.
Q. How will I know what to choose that’s best for my budget?
A. We sit with you and discuss several options as we take budgetary considerations very seriously. We put together a 3-column budget analysis showing a good-better-best scenario for products helping you choose what’s ultimately best for you and your family in a budget you feel most comfotable.