Embarking on a Whole House Renovation—a Guide to Get Started

A whole house renovation can be an exciting yet overwhelming endeavor. At Paradigm Interior Design, we play an integral role by helping everything come together and ensuring all the design and aesthetic details are taken care of throughout the process. We are a key part of the team, including architects and contractors and ideally are brought in at the beginning of the project.  

We help our clients define the overall aesthetic, and we build on this so that the project has a cohesive look. We’ll bring the design concepts to the client for their approval and work back and forth until we get the perfect outcome. This usually entails Paradigm specifying plumbing, decorative electrical fixtures, cabinetry, slabs, tile and flooring, etc.  

We will then hand off all this information to the architect so they can add it to the construction documents. Again, the earlier, the better. No one wants to hear from the contractor that they need to find a tile for the bathroom in two weeks only to find out the tile they love is a 16-week lead time.  

Here are some tips to help you prepare for a whole house remodeling project.



Defining Wants, Needs, and Non-negotiables:

Begin by creating a comprehensive list of your wants and needs for your renovated space. Consider what currently works and what doesn’t. Identify any features or elements you are unwilling to compromise on, such as vaulted ceilings or large bi-folding doors opening to the exterior. This will help guide your decision-making process throughout the renovation.

Establishing a Realistic Budget:

Determining the budget for your full house renovation is crucial. Communicate your budget upfront to all the trades involved in the project. Consulting with contractors who have recently worked on similar projects can provide rough estimates per square foot. This initial cost assessment will help you set realistic expectations and ensure your renovation stays within budget.

Planning and Timelines:

The duration of a full house renovation depends on the scope of work. If you’re adding new spaces or expanding, the process, including design and construction, may take a year or longer. For remodeling within existing spaces, the timeline can vary based on the project’s complexity. Remember that tasks like moving walls might require involvement from engineers and may impact permitting processes. 

Permits and Regulations:

Obtaining necessary permits and complying with local building codes is typically handled by contractors and architects. Consult with professionals who can guide you through these areas to avoid any compliance issues that could delay the project.

Structural Changes:

While structural changes can enhance your renovation’s overall impact, they may also introduce additional costs. It’s important to evaluate the value and necessity of such modifications. Collaborate with your contractor and architect to determine if alternative design approaches can achieve the desired outcome while minimizing costs.

Plumbing and Electrical Considerations:

During a house renovation, plumbing and electrical systems often require updates and modifications. Consulting professionals in these fields can help you address technical challenges and ensure the final result is functional and safe.

Design and Aesthetics:

Incorporating design and aesthetics is a pivotal part of a whole house renovation. Engage with an interior designer early to create a cohesive vision for your project. They will help you define the overall aesthetic, select materials, and choose fixtures and finishes. Collaboration between the designer, architects, and contractors is crucial to ensure a harmonious integration of all design elements into the construction plans.

Project Management:

While contractors often take on the role of project managers, it’s important to clarify responsibilities and communication channels from the beginning. Effective project management involves coordinating schedules, overseeing subcontractors, and ensuring timely materials delivery. 

Embarking on a whole house renovation can be a rewarding experience when approached with careful planning and collaboration among all involved parties. 

Ready to embark on a whole house renovation? Learn more about Paradigm Interior Design’s services here.

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