When you first start imagining a remodel in your home, the process can seem daunting. You might be put off by all the hoops you have to jump through, all the planning and big numbers. Luckily, Lifespan’s job is to make it as easy and painless as possible. Let’s take a look at what goes on during a project.
STEP ONE: First Meeting
So you’ve decided to take the leap and start a project! Let’s say you’re interested in a kitchen remodel. The first step will be for us to come by and have a chat with you. We’ll talk about the big picture- what your hopes and dreams are for your future kitchen, what your budget looks like, what challenges we’re up against, what ideas we may have. We’ll do a walk through of your space and take some initial measurements and talk about our next step…
STEP TWO: Ballparking
This is where all the big decision-making starts so we know which direction you want to take. We’ll take your ideas and your measurements and come up with a jumping off point for your project. Lifespan does all the tough stuff, like calculating materials needed and checking building codes. Then we present you with a rough estimate of everything: what it’s going to look like, what it’s going to cost, and how long it will take.
STEP THREE: Refinement
Now that we have an idea of where we're going, it's time to refine the project. We'll get some subcontractors to take a look and we'll draft a plan for permits. You get to be the designer and start making the fun choices- what kind of cabinets do you want? Which counters are going to make your kitchen stand out? Do you want state-of-the-art modern appliances or a rustic, homey feel? We'll be there it help with your selections so you get the kitchen of your dreams.
STEP FOUR: Contract
This is the exciting part. We’ve gone back and forth on the plans, hammering out the details, and we’ve written up a contract that explains exactly what’s going to go down in your kitchen. You’ve read it, everything looks good, and- deep breath- you sign!
STEP FIVE: Pre-Construction
All those great items you chose need to be verified and ordered. Subs need to be scheduled and staff needs to be brought up to speed. We want to be ready and make sure every detail is taken care of. We'll meet up again and introduce you to your lead carpenter- that's the guy who will be taking point on your project, so you'll become familiar pretty quickly- and do a walk through.
STEP SIX: Construction Begins
Life at home might seem a little topsy-turvy at this point. Our employees are extra careful not to disturb you too much. They’re careful to cover the floors to protect against damage, to clean up after themselves, and work quickly and well, but still- it’s going to be weird to have these new people in your house. Luckily, the progress will be visible pretty much every day, and it’s thrilling to watch your kitchen transform.
STEP SEVEN: Project Evolves
No matter how much we plan ahead, things always end up a little different in reality. Usually it’s just small changes, like opting for some more can lights. Sometimes, though, you decide you want to go big. While you’re remodeling the kitchen, why not get some landscaping done? Why not build an addition? It happens! We’re flexible and always ready to get creative, and sometimes your simple remodel turns into a gorgeous home makeover.
STEP EIGHT: Finishing Touches
Your kitchen is starting to look like a kitchen again; the cabinets are in, the sink works, the tiles are setting. This is when Lifespan really shines. We’re all about bringing it home in the little details, like cool under-cabinet lighting, or hidden power strips, or the perfect backsplash. This is where your kitchen goes from upgraded to uniquely suited to you.
STEP NINE: Send off!
We’re outta here! After double checking that everything’s working, secure, and beautiful, we pack up and give you your house back. We deep clean everything for you so you’d never know we were there, and then, with a pretty bouquet on the counter, Lifespan hits the road. You’ll have our number if you have any questions or concerns, but we go the extra mile to make sure you’re happy with your final product.
This Spring, Lifespan had a client with this little "canned ham" lying around and we happily scooped it up. The restoration took most of the summer, but the hammy was finished in time for a few road trips before the cold really set in.
We wanted to keep it looking like the original, so we went with this fun, vintage color scheme. The entire outside had to be cleaned, sanded, and painted to give it that smooth finish. Note the signature Shasta wings!
The inside wasn't in great shape. We kept the original cabinets, but had to do all new wiring and plumbing. It still has the retro vibe, but with some modern amenities for comfortable living.
We're pretty proud of the finished product! Perfect for lounging with a martini and surprisingly spacious for such a little guy. Can't wait to get back out on the road!
Check out more progress pictures and the final product here.