Architect Karl Leabo explains why he believes that hiring a (good) contractor will save you headache, time and money.
The best outcome is when you hire a contractor early on in the design process
Contracting your renovation can be a full time job, even a project that seems small.
What restaurant would your contractor be?
Some projects require a higher end contractor, some do not
When calling for references, ask about their subcontractors
Living in the house through a renovation
Budget and scope creep- the contractor can help with this if he gets on board early.
Make sure you’ve got a 5 to 15% construction contingency
Bathrooms and kitchens may seem like small projects, but they involve all of the trades and are complicated.
Don’t put off the renovation too long, get it done before you decide to sell it so that you can enjoy it.
Learning from the mistakes of others
Don’t rush into the project, live in the house for a while if you possibly can.
About this episode’s guest
Karl Leabo has more than 35 years of experience as a project designer and planner, focusing primarily on the college/university and sports/recreation markets. A key member of CHA's sports practice, his projects have ranged from the master planning and programming of new indoor and outdoor developments to the renovation and expansion of existing facilities at campuses nationwide. His expertise covers virtually every form of sports activity undertaken by the competitive athlete and recreational enthusiast.
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