Selecting a ProTypes of Remodeling Professionals
If DIY is not for you, where should you turn to find the best professional for your project? There
are many types of professionals within the home improvement field that could come to your aid.
The General Contractor: Many home improvement projects do not require professional
design services and can best be handled by the experienced contractor whose knowledge of materials
and methods has been gained by years on the job. Again, be sure to deal with a professional. Even though
the job may be relatively small, its successful completion is important to you. Small jobs need
careful planning and attention to detail too. General contractors are also the right choice for your project if
you have had your project designed by an architect or designer and you now need someone to manage
the construction of those designs.
For design services, your options include:
The Architect: Major remodeling projects require construction drawings for the purposes of
defining a contract and procuring permits. In cases where your professional remodeler does not provide
design services, you may wish to seek the assistance of a professionally trained architect. It is best to work
with an architect experienced in remodeling-he or she will be more sensitive to the special challenges
that remodeling presents. Architects are licensed by the state and have formal education and
experience. They have overall knowledge of design; however, many architects do not accept smaller projects.
The Designer: Another option to obtain those construction drawings is to hire a certified or
licensed designer. Designers may have expertise in specific areas of the home, such as: kitchens, interiors,
baths, space design, etc. They often specialize in particular types of projects and may be the best choice for
a targeted project.
The Design/Build Contractor: If you prefer to hire only one company for design and
construction services, your best bet may be to hire a design/build firm. Design/build is a concept developed to
benefit the remodeling homeowner by providing both quality design and construction services within the
same general contracting company. A design/build contractor will be able to see your project through
from start to finish, keeping design, engineering and budget in mind. Some design/build firms have
architects on staff, others use certified designers.
Reprinted with permission of (NARI) the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.