Sunny Brook Builders


Whole House Remodeling
Room Additions

2147 Slaterville Road
Ithaca, NY 14850


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Remodeling FAQs

Where do we start?
Please call us with your ideas.  We offer a free 1 hour consultation to discuss your ideas, direct you to resources for fine tuning your thoughts, and identify the process to define the scope of work and budget projection.

How do we choose a builder?
How do you choose whom you will trust with the planning and work on probably the largest investment of your life?  A typical process is to have a parade of builders look at your project and give you a price with little justification for the total. Then armed with those numbers, you choose a builder based on the lowest or middle price, while not knowing how you will communicate, the chemistry between you, and the integrity each brings to the relationship.  Then, finding out after making a commitment, whether your selection was a good one or not.

          The process that we recommend is that you interview potential builders without discussing your specific project. Then check out their references, see if the quality of their work meets your standards, and determine their integrity based on the business and customer testimony of their past performance.  From this, process you will have a limited group that you feel comfortable entrusting your home to.  The National National Association of Home Builders offers a booklet "How to Find A Professional Remodeler."

How much will it cost?
Please check out this link to Remodeling magazine's Cost vs. Value to establish a ballpark budget.

Do I need or should I get an architect?
In New York State, any remodeling project valued at $20,000 or more, requires an architect or engineers stamp on the drawings.  If your project is less than that threshold, we at Sunny Brook Builders have the experience, engineering background, and knowledge to perform your design work.

Typically financing for remodeling projects is done through a home equity loan.  After you have a ballpark idea of the cost of your project or you want to know how much equity you have to borrow against, you should talk with your bank.  Before they will commit to a loan, you will need to bring in plans and a  budget projection.  Armed with this information, you will all you need for the bank to approve your loan.

What happens next?
With Sunny Brook Builders, we sign an agreement that describes what will be done and the payment process and the schedule for starting and completion.  At the agreement signing, you pay for any preparatory work and special order items that are needed for your project.  We keep you informed of the status of special order items, our progress on securing a building permit, and work with you to identify any color choices and other decisions necessary to make the job flow smoothly and quickly.


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