Building & Remodeling, LLC

Creative Remodeling Solutions

While best known for my award-winning custom homes, I also provide extensive remodeling solutions in Philadelphia and suburbs, the Main Line & Chester County.

With limited availability and rising prices on suitable building lots, many clients are choosing to expand or improve their existing homes, and I have a lot to offer in this area.

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This Villanova family family wanted to stay in the Radnor school district but needed more room. I added 1,500 SQ FT of living space including a first-floor master bedroom suite. I also built a large covered porch, a pool, and added extensive landscaping.

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This Gulph Mills home was in a great location and was going to be the couple's retirement home, but their elderly parents had neglected it and it was dated and too small. I took it down to the studs and rebuilt it with numerous modern design features, a larger garage and more privacy.

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This home in Media, Delaware County had previously been remodeled with a new kitchen but it was tight and lacked flow, and the family was never happy with it.

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I identified structural issues, and recommended moving the rear wall out to capture needed space and bring in additional natural light.

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Now the kitchen is the center of the home, and a pleasure to be in, with easy access to the family room and outdoor spaces.

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This Malvern home never felt right. I quickly identified a poorly located staicase as the root problem, and once the decision was made to address that issue, the rest fell into place quickly, and today it feels like a new home.

Call me for a free consultation on how to improve your existing home within your budget while making sure you receive a return on your investment in terms of enhanced property values. I'm sure I'll have many interesting remodeling ideas for your consideration.

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My process

Each project follows a detailed process developed and refined over decades, ensuring that wise choices are made up-front, and that no detail is missed. You can read about my process below.

My process begins with an allocation of budget which matches your expectations and provides financial value to your asset.

This allows me to tailor a design that is specific to your needs and avoid any surprises later.

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I include a Land Development analysis to assess site conditions, natural features and zoning regulations.

I also provide a market analysis to be sure we keep your property financially viable in the community.

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My expert Code Review research will identify any and all issues related to national, state and local building codes.

My value engineering investigation lets me present creative options and use of materials for cost-effective design options.

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My team is committed to thoroughly planning your project to prevent any missteps and changes later on in the project.

My comprehensive process and disciplined approach ensures that no step is overlooked.

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A well-defined, comprehensive methodology

My process includes a detailed methodology that demonstrates our commitment to excellence and illustrates how we include you in each step of the process.

STEP 1 - Initial Meeting

We start off our project relationship with you with a detailed kick-off meeting where we jump into your project to establish an understanding of your needs and goals. Our extensive experience allows us to discuss a wide range of information, on our way to providing you with realistic recommendations and costs estimates to meet your objectives.

When appropriate, we can let you know how potential changes in scope or materials might affect your costs. Our goal is to avoid change orders with proper planning and proper expectation management upfront. Change orders are one of the largest issues that mar the reputation of building professionals and we strive to avoid them as much as possible.

STEP 2 - Site Visit - Existing Conditions

We visit the site to evaluate and measure existing conditions, combined with code regulation analysis to develop an accurate and cost effective plan.

STEP 3 - Preliminary Design

Based on all information collected from our discussions and site visits we develop a scaled drawing of the proposed floor plans and exterior elevations, providing you with the ability to see your project come alive and positioning you to provide valuable feedback.

STEP 4 - Specifications

A comprehensive meeting where we discuss everything from window manufacturers, flooring materials, siding materials, all the way down to where to locate and how to use the light switches. No need to be overwhelmed as we have a process to assist with all of this detail to help you achieve your desired outcome. From this meeting, we will prepare specifications for your project.

STEP 5 - Working Drawings

We prepare complete drawings including all required project details; for example: floor plans, elevations, wall sections and structural details. We complete the tasks and documentation necessary to secure building permits, inspection approvals and construction documentation.

STEP 6 - Pricing

Create a pricing package that includes: Complete drawings of all floor plans, elevations, sections and details; detailed project specifications; site plan completed by a civil engineer; detailed cost estimates; and upon approval, we will create a construction contract and be ready to proceed.

STEP 7 – Permitting

We apply for all necessary permits required to complete your project. This process is critical to ensure no delays or unforeseen complications with local regulations. We know township ordinances and take the time to ensure that our drawings and paperwork are complete and accurate by the time we turn them in to the township.

We have long standing relationships which have positioned us over the years as being very knowledgeable and capable. We have worked hard to earn the trust of local townships and they know that they can count on us to know their requirements and meet/exceed their regulations.

STEP 8 - Pre-Construction

While waiting for approval of permits, we use this time to make selections of items such as roofing colors, flooring, paint colors, etc. – which allows us to keep the overall construction process moving forward upon approval of the necessary permits.

STEP 9 - Construction

This is the task where all of the decisions become reality and our collective hard work becomes tangible. Our focus is on quality throughout the build process. We bring to bear our extensive experience and keenly inspect each phase before the next phase begins. Weekly meetings with you ensure open lines of communication and a continued shared project vision.

STEP 10 - Post Construction

Post Construction: While we hope that you are enjoying the quality of your new home or addition, we understand that minor items arise. Rest assured, when you need us most, we are an email or phone call away. Your inquiry will never go unanswered.

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