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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

4 Reasons You'll Be Thankful You Hired A Professional GC

Whether it's frantically preparing an extravagant Thanksgiving dinner for the extended fam, or the large scale clean up that follows, the holidays require a great amount of coordination and hard work to pull it all off without a hitch. Much like any renovation project, the festivities are a perfect example of how good leadership and organization can mean the difference between the sweet smell of success and going down in flames (dragging a smoking turkey carcass with you). So if you're considering a home remodel project, why go at it alone?

While some projects are small scale enough to be tackled by an avid DIYer, or simple enough to be managed by a homeowner with a lot of patience and dedication, a large scale remodel (aka an entire kitchen) calls for, nay demands, the input of a professional remodeler. And in the spirit of the season, below are our top four reason you'll be thankful you hired a professional general contractor rather than trying to tackle everything by yourself. 

1. Assurance of a written contract and a single, comprehensive scope of work.

Here in Texas, the TAB (Texas Association of Builders) provides standard written contracts utilized by most remodeling/building professionals. These contracts, like any legal document, can be  long and exhaustively detailed. There are the necessary disclaimers, disclosures and initials required on every page. Along with the contract is included a scope of work detailed enough to provide an exact description of what is (and is not) going to be included in your remodel. Of course, no remodeler can see through walls or predict the future. If, during the course of your renovation, there are issues with the existing structure for example, a change order will be necessary to add to the initial scope of work. But other than unforeseeable construction issues and the occasional 'why don't we add this while we're at it', there shouldn't be any surprises to you (or your pocketbook). 

2. Organization- from construction scheduling to consistent job site supervision. 

Contrary to what the commercials of yesteryear teach us, there is no single Mr. Fix-It that can show up and complete every one of your home improvement tasks (at least not for a large scale remodel). Depending on your project type, there could be a demolition crew, some framers, drywall installers, a licensed plumber, electrician or HVAC specialist, a tile guy, a few painters, and the list goes on. While your general contractor may employ in-house crews to do some of these tasks, it's likely most are subcontractors that are licensed or specialize in a very specific trade. Each plays an integral role in the construction and it is imperative that the various tradespeople be properly scheduled to avoid conflicts and ensure your project is completed in a timely manner. This is where your dedicated project manager (or team) comes into play. The PM is in charge of everything job site related- from coordinating sub schedules and organizing material deliveries to general maintenance & supervision. 

3. You only have to make one phone call for all of your needs.

You're half way through your kitchen remodel and you notice the cabinet hardware that's been delivered is a different finish than you originally discussed with the designer. Was the wrong part ordered, can they be returned, or are you just confused by all the decisions you've made lately?? This is just one of a multitude of questions that need to be answered. Posthaste! And who has time to call the cabinet maker then the hardware supplier all the while coordinating with the interior designer? Your general contractor, that's who. He/she acts as your one stop shop for any and all concerns. And the same goes for once the project is complete as well. You only have to call one source for any warranty related repairs. Though the specifics of warranty vary and are detailed in your contract, generally whether it's a leaky faucet or faulty foundation (though hopefully never the latter), your GC can handle all the repairs. 

4. Peace of mind for you and your family.

And arguably the most important reason to hire a professional remodeling contractor is peace of mind. If you've taken the time to choose the perfect contractor, you can let go of all of the stress of the process and have complete confidence that someone else with substantial knowledge and experience is in charge of your home's transformation. You'll never have to worry about who has access to your home and family. There will always be someone with eyes and ears on your project to ensure it's being completed to the highest of standards. So sit back, relax and get ready to enjoy your new space!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Key Residential featured in Design Matrix Magazine

We are excited to announce that Key Residential and the Caruth Whole Home Renovation are to be featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Design Matrix Magazine. The Design Promo article, "Blissful Home", will be on p. 99-102 of the international publication, which is dedicated to presenting a fresh perspective on the people behind the design.

Many thanks to Becci Meier Architectural Services, Jason Osterberger Designs, and many other talented trade partners that contributed to this beautiful project!

Check out the entire Nov/Dec issue of Design Matrix on ISSUU.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Key Residential Contractor of the Year Winner | 2014 NARI Greater Dallas Chapter

We are thrilled to announce that Key Residential has been named local CotY once again! Kevin Key took home two awards at this year's NARI Greater Dallas Evening of Excellence on November 12, 2013. 

Take a photo tour of the two whole home remodel projects below and let us know what you think!

Entire House $250,000 to $500,000 for the Caruth Home

Kevin Key, Owner

Click to see the entire Whole Home Remodel on Houzz

Entire House $500,000 to $1,000,000 for the Hollow Way Home

Evan Ratcliff, Project Manager

Click to see the entire Whole Home Remodel on Houzz

If you enjoyed, please let us know. Click to share the Caruth Home or Hollow Way Home on Facebook!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Outdoor Living Addition: The Big Reveal | Dallas Remodeling

Landscape Design: Jason Osterberger Designs, Poolscape: Pool Environments
With the construction completed in early summer, this Dallas outdoor living addition has had the chance to be thoroughly homeowner tested (and approved). So now it's time for the long awaited reveal of the final transformation.

Project Overview:

Taking just over 4 months to complete, this project included the expansion of the outdoor living area as well as pool and landscaping updates. The increased covered area houses a functional kitchen with island seating, dining table for 6, an updated fireplace, and an entertainment lounge.

The Spaces:

The entertainment lounge includes a corner mounted television, though the expansive view to the poolscape will make for tough viewing competition. The open area allows for casual dining and seating for 6 all with easy access to the kitchen- complete with Wolf grill, wood-fire pizza oven, undermount sink, dishwasher, and undercounter refrigeration. 

The Details:

The vaulted wood ceilings with custom beams house new heating elements and large scale fans to ensure complete comfort, regardless of what the weatherman may have predicted. The fireplace is given a face lift with textural ledgestone and a hearty wood mantle. The design of the flanking custom cabinetry and steel fireboxes is repeated on the wood-burning pizza stove in the new kitchen.

Completing the Picture:

Along with the outdoor living addition, the master bedroom was extended outward to increase the interior square footage and take full advantage of the revamped back yard. 

To see even more of the construction process, check out our original post here >>  Outdoor Living Addition