Aaron & Co. – Kitchen & Bathroom Remodelers 1229 Harris St #13, Charlottesville, VA 22903 540-308-0104
Prompt, Communicative Charlottesville Home Remodeling Contractors
When you need to add space or reconfigure your home’s layout, our Charlottesville home remodeling contractors work with you to uncover the ways your family functions currently and plan out how your needs will change in the future.
It might make sense to redesign your existing space; on the other hand, a new addition to accommodate a growing family or multi-generational living situation might be the best option.
Home remodeling can also be done to turn ho-hum spaces into spectacular ones. Imagine a glamorous master suite and spa-like bathroom, or a bright sunroom addition where the family can gather. Remodeling can make you fall in love with your home all over again.
Finally, consider how long you’ll be staying in your home. If you are at the Empty Nest stage, or considering retirement in a few years, a home remodel can incorporate features that allow you to enjoy the important years gracefully and safely in your current home.
Frequently Asked Questions for Charlottesville Home Remodeling Contractors
How are you different from other home remodelers in Charlottesville?
Our promptness and level of communication sets us apart from other contractors. Many of our new or prospective clients come to us frustrated by the lack of communication, unreturned calls, and no follow-through. We are amazed at the number of folks that thank us for simply calling them back.
We value strong communication. We keep in touch with our clients throughout the entire project, and keep them up to date regarding changes, upcoming schedules, build outs, costs, and other factors.
As a custom carpentry company, we have more specialized in-house capabilities than other remodelers. We are able to offer unique projects that, because of our diverse structure and facilities, other companies cannot.
We pride ourselves on our finishes, attention to detail, and the final look of the project. Because we do all of our own trim, cabinetry, and millwork in-house, we’re able to keep our standards extremely high, and ensure the finest finished product available in the Charlotteville market.
What do you like about doing home remodeling in Charlottesville?
Charlottesville is a very unique area, with lots of rich history, academic life, and an artistic influence. The city attracts various art forms and styles, and many of our clients like to express that unique, eclectic vibe in their homes.
As carpenters at heart, we love projects that challenge our creative skills. We thrive on unique and interesting projects, customized to our clients’ needs.
We appreciate the opportunity to work with open-minded, visionary clientele, and Charlottesville is a great place to do so, allowing us to offer our full range of skills and capabilities.
Can I add remodel costs to my mortgage?
Oftentimes with large projects, customers are not paying as they go, but rather pulling from reserves or investments to fund the project. The bank has vehicles that they can use to finance the projects, based on what they have left on their current mortgage, with the equity on their home.
While remodeling costs are not added to a mortgage, they can potentially be covered by a second mortgage, line of credit, or personal loan, etc. Many of our clients choose to self-fund their project, pulling reserves from investments, cash accounts or other liquid assets. However, other options are available through banks, mortgage companies, etc. Aaron & Co. recommends that clients speak with their banker or financial advisor as to the best option for their project. We are happy to work with our client and/or lender to develop a payment structure that works.
How do I estimate remodeling costs?
Remodeling is one of the most complex forms of home improvement. There are often many variables when it comes to estimating remodeling costs, so we recommend calling for an initial design consultation. Once we begin to plug in preliminary numbers and refine the scope of the project, we will be better able to estimate what those numbers might be.
How do remodeling contractors charge?
The two primary methods of pricing renovation projects are fixed price and cost-plus structures; how we determine which is best depends on the remodeling project itself.
If the project is fairly straightforward, fixed price is often the best option, whereas projects with significant unknowns, unforseeable circumstances, or design decision pending might call for a cost-plus structure.
We always begin every project with an estimate and budget to work from; using those tools, we can best inform our clients as to how to manage the cost of their project. The initial consultation will get this process started.
What are the steps to remodeling a house?
Step 1: Meet With Us & Begin Design
The first step is to contact us for a consultation. We will come to your home and perform an initial assessment. For simple projects, we may finalize design elements on the spot; others will take several days or weeks to develop. At this meeting, we will determine whether other professionals will need to be involved in the project such as architects, designers, engineers, etc. If needed, we will schedule another time for them to come in.
Step 2: Once We Finalize Design, We Deliver An Estimate
Before providing an estimate, we make sure that the design and engineering process is at least 90-95% complete. We will collect information, create drawings and other construction documents, and put together a preliminary design and budget. We understand that the scope of the project is subject to change, but confirming as many design elements as possible beforehand ensures that we’re on the right path, giving you the most accurate estimate possible.
Step 3: Contract, Deposit, & Schedule
Whether you are doing a fixed price or open book project, the client will be asked to approve the budget proposal, sign the contract, and we collect the deposit. Once this is complete, we will begin to discuss scheduling.
Step 4: Begin Making Product & Design Selections
At this time, we will work with you to make your selections, such as fixtures, paint colors, trim, cabinetry, countertops, etc. We are available to provide you complete guidance through this crucial process, from researching product specifications to sitting in on meetings with various suppliers and vendors.
What is the difference between remodel and renovation?
The terms “remodel” and “renovation” are often used interchangeably. Oftentimes, renovation refers to more cosmetic or surface-level improvements.