Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
3:36 am EDT
Tue, July 14, 2020

Bryan Smith – BP Smith Construction

Bryan Smith, Founder

Q: How much does a home renovation cost?

A: Pricing is always the top question. A lot of people are kind of trying to see if they can afford it or not. In their mind, I think they should always have a budget number, but it might not be close to what it would actually cost. So, we’ve actually created a pricing guide that is on our website, It really is a guide for customers, and it gives the most common renovations, such as guest bath, master bath, to additions and additions with bathrooms, and with level pricing as well. A guest bath could be $8,000 up to $15,000 to $20,000 based on finishes alone. We kind of streamlined the pricing guide and made it simple for customers to get a budget number before they have to rearrange their schedule to have somebody come out to take a look at it. There is less of a sticker shock seeing the pricing guide of what renovation bills costs. It actually makes it easier, not only for us, but for them as well. We are not wasting a trip out there and we’re not wasting their time. One of the items listed on the pricing guide features a kitchen cabinet refacing, new tops, tile backsplash for $8,000 to $10,000.

Q: How long is a home renovation going to take? 

A: It is based on what project they are looking to have done. Just from getting the plans drawn to the permitting can take six weeks. Permitting can take another four weeks, and then it may be another four weeks before you can put a shovel in the ground. From the start of construction to completion, a small bathroom remodel can take at least six weeks to do. I think TV has simplified the process. As contractors, we are here to explain it is not done that fast. We are doing large additions now that are going to take six to seven months to complete. It can take longer than building a standard house. What we are doing a lot of now is large additions. We’re actually adding a second story to a house; we’re adding 800 square feet, and it is more than doubling the house. We’re adding two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a family room, and a wet bar area, so it is like adding another house. 

Q: Can I stay in my house during renovation?

A: If we’re doing a bathroom remodel, yes, you can stay in the house. If we’re just doing one bathroom and you still have another bathroom, then it is not going to disrupt your normal routine. Even with additions, you can stay in your house if we are doing additions. But, if we are doing a whole house renovation, it’s really impossible to stay in the house. The ideal and most cost-effective way is to take the project down to where you are basically starting with new construction. The house that we are adding the second story to, the house has been stripped down to nothing. There is no kitchen, no bathroom, and we are going to rebuild it just like we were building it from new construction. So, yes, during bathroom remodels, people can stay in the home, and the one addition where we are doubling the size of the house, they can stay in there. We are not affecting their living area at all. 

Q: Are home renovations a good investment?

A: Yes, they are. There are people who like where they are and their situation. Some people have an emotional attachment to where they live. They have put a lot of work into these homes and they really want to keep the original structure. In going back to two examples of customers, the lots that their houses are on are incredible lots. It’s a good investment to renovate your house because of the land. There are some renovations that are more cost-effective than others, obviously. Kitchen renovations and bath renovations, you get your most return from your investment with those kinds of renovations. You can take something as simple as replacing your entry door or your overhead garage door, and with those renovations you are basically making all of your money back. With kitchen and bath, you’re making probably 80 percent on those renovations. And if you were to sell your house, the new homeowner knows they don’t have to put that kind of money into it. It really is a cost-effective way to update your house. In a lot of houses, we are doing what I just call a face-lift by updating the cabinets, countertops, the plumbing fixtures, and those alone will increase the value. 

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