Timeline For Remodeling Your Crested Butte Home
There are many Crested Butte homes that offer the opportunity to buy and remodel to bring them up to current desirable standards and finishes. Some buyers see the remodel as a great opportunity to buy a home at a reduced price in a great location, and make updates and add on to the home to meet their style and tastes in finishes and décor. You may wonder what the timeline for remodeling your Crested Butte home is. In these cases, I typically introduce an architect and builder to my clients to discuss options, costs, timelines, etc.
Adjusting Your Timeline
You might underestimate how long a remodel or renovation takes if you’ve never lived through it. It is a mistake to think of renovation time in terms of how much labor you think it requires. For many projects, the least amount of time spent on the project is actually labor time. A large number of projects require far more non-physical-labor time than the actual construction work. There are approvals, plans, permits, shipping time for materials, weather delays, insurance certificates, and myriad other preparations required far in advance of taking a sledgehammer to the walls.
Most remodels will also uncover hidden surprises that will affect the original plans, time, and cost, and may expand the project. The nice thing about a remodel of a second home is that the contractors start working after you leave. Additionally, with some luck, and if you plan ahead, they can be finished prior to arrival for your next visit. But be prepared that you will most likely have to adjust the timeline for remodeling your Crested Butte home.
I have done remodeling on my own Crested Butte home as well, and thankfully everything has always gone quite well. But this is certainly not the case for everyone and the timeline for remodeling your Crested Butte can quickly change. One example of this is is a historic home in Crested Butte that was built in 1890 that the owner wanted to totally remodel. They first had to jack it up and put in a proper cement foundation. The total remodel meant taking it down to the studs on the inside. The outside was subject to historical restrictions, and so very little was done to change the exterior.
Once they got to the studs, they nicknamed the home “the House of Pain,” because at every turn they found another issue that required a painful and costly resolution. The studs were not on 18-inch centers and they were not 2x6s; instead they were 2x4s and on 30-inch centers. It was a miracle the heavy snow loads hadn’t caused the home to cave in over the years. The cost of the remodel was far more than the budgeted amount due to the many unforeseen issues.
They literally re-framed the home from the inside, added all new electrical, new plumbing, new everything. Although the remodel took longer and was more expensive than anticipated it was worth it in the end! The home still looks like historic 1890 on the outside with new paint and trim, but has very nice, new and efficient use of space on the inside.
Timeline For Remodeling Your Crested Butte Home Final Thoughts
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