What are Subcontractors and Why are they a Good Thing?

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Sometimes our clients ask us why we hire subcontractors. It’s a reasonable question, as there are a lot of one-man shows that claim to be able to do all the work themselves. While there may be a few unicorns out there, it is certainly the norm within the building industry to hire subcontractors (or “subs”) for certain aspects of a job. Namely subcontractors are used for: plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and other specialty professions, and they’re used for good reason. The work subcontractors do is technical and requires precise execution. At Model Remodel, we have a trusted lineup of subcontractors we reach out to when these needs arise, and we have a strict vetting process that ensures they meet our company’s high standards and yours. We’ll share with you our reasoning for using subcontractors and how to make sure your contractor is vetting their workforce thoroughly. [Read more…]

The Average Cost to Remodel: Why There Isn’t One

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It’s the first thing you research, the first thing you ask a contractor, but the last thing you really want to talk about: cost. It’s not a glamorous topic, but a necessary one when considering a remodel. Yet, setting a realistic remodeling budget isn’t an easy task. Most homeowners simply don’t know where to start. Others have heard about a bad experience and are rightly skeptical of being taken advantage of. To help homeowners with this process, we’ve described what drives the costs of remodeling and how to look at the numbers in a pragmatic way. You won’t see any hard numbers below, as any general contractor would be remiss to give you a number without understanding the scope of work and your reasons for remodeling. The advice we give is meant to help you determine your personal budget.

Reasons for Remodeling

You have your reasons for wanting to do a remodel and your neighbor has his/her own as well. The reason may seem inconsequential to budget, but below we look at three different reasons for remodeling and how it affects your budget. [Read more…]

Three Cheers for Subcontractors!

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TREX Awards with Modern Hardwood Floor

Owner Jason Legat poses with Minh Pham of Modern Hardwood Floor

In June, Model Remodel won two Remodeling Excellence (REX) Awards from the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. Judges granted the awards for the Redmond Revamp and Fremont Houseboat. Of course, Model Remodel did not earn the awards by itself.

As a result of the team effort that goes into a project, REX Award organizers put together another awards ceremony. The T-REX Awards honor the trades people who contributed to the REX-Award-winning projects. For Model Remodel, that included Coates Design, Langford Plumbing, Maple Valley Electric, Modern Hardwood Floor, and Whitelaw Plumbing.

Model Remodel owner Jason Legat attended the awards ceremony in downtown Seattle Sept. 16. He presented the subs with their awards and thanked them for their quality work over the years. Without a doubt, no project would be possible without them.