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