Architect: Assesses and plans any structural changes to your home. This is the first call to make for a major remodel that affects your home's footprint, room-to-room flow, or mechanicals.
Builder: Usually contracts and supervises the new-construction portion of the project. Many builders are also remodelers. Verify certifications, recent projects, and references to determine whether the candidate fits your project.
CBD/CKD/CKBD: Abbreviations for certified bath designer, certified kitchen designer, and certified kitchen and bath designer. If your project is focused on either (or both) of these rooms, contact this specialist -- who works with construction pros -- early to assist in the planning and selection stages.
Contractor: Head honcho of the remodel (managing construction professional). In charge of the whole project, a general contractor is your main contact. Others (sometimes called subcontractors) perform specific duties, such as plumbing or roofing.
Designer-Builder: Combines architectural planning, engineering, and construction. This hybrid designer and contractor oversees projects from start to finish, which can be efficient. Ask for a clear explanation of expertise.
Interior Designer: Works with the construction team to select materials and finishes. Not just for curtains and couches, an interior designer can select materials such as flooring and millwork to reflect the style of your home and ensure a harmonious, practical space.
Landscape Architect or Landscape Designer: Expert in all things plants, materials, and landscape design. If your project includes outdoor spaces, this pro can highlight your home's architecture and integrate natural elements and lighting to up the wow factor and add curb appeal.
Remodeler: Expert in improving, adding to, or renovating homes (sometimes specialized, so be sure to ask). Depending on the scope of the project, a qualified remodeler might be the only contact you need. Ask about remodeling certifications.
Renovation Consultant: Remodeling coordinator (like a wedding coordinator). These fairly new and scarce resources are liaisons who assess your remodeling project, make recommendations, and connect you with the right pros for your job.
Suppliers: Construction-material reps. Home stores, lumberyards, and building-product dealers can offer useful insights, detailed specs, and application tips. The best part? Their assistance is usually free.
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