Spring Remodeling With Mackmiller Design & BuildBy Sam Tuttle, Marvin Windows
With spring just around the corner, we have warm weather and home improvement projects on the mind. To help us prepare for the season of remodeling, we turned to Mark Mackmiller, co-owner of Mackmiller Design + Build.
According to Mackmiller, remodeling is different than building. “It requires intruding on space and interrupting the family flow,” he said. But that shouldn’t stop homeowners for considering remodeling as an option. We caught up with Mackmiller to get some advice on how to ensure a smooth process for your next remodeling project.
Enlist An Expert – and Plan Ahead
Mackmiller recommends hiring a design-build firm to help create a master plan, which takes the entire design of a home into account. It enables items to be tackled in a much more organized fashion plus prevents homeowners from completing projects that will require extra work during future remodels. “There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through and thinking, ‘I wouldn’t have done this if I would’ve known this,'” Mackmiller explains.
Do Your Research
Utilize online tools such as Houzz.com and Angie’s List to research prospective contractors. If possible, Mackmiller recommends visiting previously completed projects by the contractor you’re considering to view the individual’s previous work. He also stresses the importance of speaking with homeowners and references to determine if the contractor will be a good fit for your home and project.
Preview Your Project in 3-D
Having a designer create a computer-aided design (CAD) drawing provides a 3-D view of your plans and allows you to better visualize your renovations from all angles prior to beginning work. Such drawings are helpful, for example, when determining placement of new windows, and can provide added peace of mind before diving into a remodel.
Consider a “Total Home” Approach
Mackmiller says more and more homeowners are opting to remodel either their entire homes or at least full floors at a time, rather than investing in single-room projects. Renovating an entire floor at the same time can provide for a more cohesive design.
Minor Changes Make a Major Impact
For homeowners who are not ready for a full remodel and are looking for small and relatively inexpensive ways to refresh a room or home, Mackmiller recommends painting – while being sure to take the time to fix nail holes and other small cracks. Re-carpeting is another relatively low-cost opportunity to breathe new life into a room, he says.
Mackmiller Design & Build recently completed an award-winning remodeling project for a homeowner in Eden Prairie, Minn., using all Marvin and Integrity products. The project, which included dramatic updates to the home’s first and second floors, won three local and three regional “Contractor of the Year” awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Don’t miss out on striking before-and-after photos and detailed coverage from Mackmiller Design + Build’s Eden Prairie remodeling project.
Mackmiller Design + Build’s Eden Prairie, Minn. remodel utilized Marvin Ultimate Clad Casement and Picture windows to open up a gorgeous view to the backyard. Photo Credit: Steve Silverman, Steve Silverman Imaging