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It’s fun to fantasize about renovating. At one point or another, we’ve all mentally redesigned some less-than-ideal element of our home. How great would it be if I could knock down that wall? Wouldn’t this kitchen work so much better with some custom cabinets? Or we could gut the whole place and start from scratch! Then we have some fun scrolling through inspiring interiors, imagining. But after a hard look at our bank balance, reality sets in.
What should I do? What could I do? How much would it all cost? How do I manage all the moving parts? What if something goes wrong? Then you’re overwhelmed. You’re juggling meetings with architects, vendors, designers, contractors, neighbors, even zoning officials. The whole process can be draining, time-consuming, and costly. But does it have to be?
Luckily, no! It doesn’t. Like many other low-tech industries, home renovation is now ripe for disruption. Several new companies are on a mission to remodel your renovation experience. From design to demolition, construction, and even furnishing, these companies have you covered. So if you’d like to renovate your home, but you’d also like to keep some of your sanity (and money), then keep on reading.
Bolster Your Renovation with Tech
There are many ways you can improve your home, and they don’t all need a permit or a team of licensed professionals. Appliance replacement, painting, and new lighting fixtures are all simple upgrades. But if you’re thinking of doing any structural work, then you’ll want to know you’re in good hands. And the more complex the work is, the harder it can all be to keep track of. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one single company that you could trust, that could handle everything for you? Well, that’s what the folks at Bolster thought.
Image courtesy of Bolster
Bolster is a design-build contractor that manages gut renovations, from design to completion. With a top team of architects, builders and project managers, all the expertise you’ll need is in-house. What sets the Bolster experience apart is the use of their proprietary technology. Before Bolster, the founders designed software to improve transparency in residential construction. Now they use their tech tools to track, analyze, and compare the costs of every aspect of your project. They then pass the resulting efficiency on to you in the form of savings, both in time and money. You’ll not only know the exact breakdown of your bathroom re-tiling costs, but you’ll also understand them.
Find Me a Find, Catch Me a… Contractor
But say you’ve already decided on an architect, or you are an architect, and all you need is a good contractor. It sounds simple, but where do you even begin? You could browse a directory online, like HomeAdvisor or Houzz. But those platforms can be hard to navigate. There are scores of similar options, scheduling issues, and there’s a lot of trial and error. Not to mention confusion about quotes, pricing, and scheduling. But what if there was a company that could do all that do all that for you? Well, there is, and it’s called Sweeten.
Sweeten is a renovation matchmaking service that connects renovators with top-notch local contractors. Their dedicated support team can act as project mediators and managers. All you have to do is upload your project details. The team at Sweeten will then match you with professional who’s suited to your kind of project. Then you get introduced you. Forget the guesswork! Sweeten can also help act as your contractor liaison, making sure everything is on track.
Business, Relationship, Life, Renovation. Getting a Coach.
For service that’s a bit more personal, you may want to hire a renovation coach. A renovation coach is something of an enhanced project manager. Their services include construction management, design consultancy, owner’s representation, and more. And they’re people, not companies. You’ll get to know them. If that sounds more your speed, then Alex Bandon of North River Renovation could be the coach for you. Alex guides and consults homeowners from design planning through project completion. She can handle the logistics and speak the specialty languages of builders, so you don’t have to. It’s a very bespoke way to make your custom renovation hassle free.
Final Touches, Statements, Accents, and Vibes
So you’ve decided to use one or more of the above companies to remodel. Exciting! Now the project is coming to a close, and you realize. You need some help with your interior design. Maybe your furniture doesn’t “work” anymore, or you’d like to enhance your brand new space fittingly. If you make a living as an interior designer, or you’re a passionate and confident amateur, then great! No problem. But where do you turn if you need some help? Well, you have options.
Professional interior design services are easier to access than ever. Three companies in particular that are bringing interior design to the masses. Those online interior design services are Havenly, Laurel & Wolf, and Decorist. All three online platforms offer professional, personalized interior design services. To start, you need to create an account and upload details about your space and concept. From there the interior designers get to work. They are offering feedback, concepts, renderings, and product suggestions. Laurel & Wolf and Havenly offer different levels of design packages, beginning at $79 a room. Decorist designers offer their services for a flat fee of $299. Havenly and Laurel & Wolf have online shops as well. Once your design is ready, you can buy all your new furniture through them.
Bringing it All Home
This is what we’ve all been waiting for. Finally, the one service to rule them all, Homepolish. Homepolish combines architectural services with construction, interior design, and project management. All. Under. One. Roof! It’s a great reason to let them under yours. They can help coordinate all the disparate professional elements needed for a renovation. If you need an architect and contractor for a gut renovation, they can arrange both. If you need an interior designer for your office, personal or corporate, they can manage that, too. Even if you’re building a house from the ground up, Homepolish can help. So from studs to sofa, Homepolish could be the only service that you’ll ever need. Of course, it depends on what you need and who you’re comfortable working with. But now that you have a good idea of where to start, it’s time to make that fantasy a reality!