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Keeping Your Home Renovation on Track: An Interview with Rob Wishneski of Five Point Renovation and Remodel

By Rob Wishneski

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer

Five Point Renovation and Remodel has been in business and serving Chester, and Lancaster County PA, and Northern Delaware since 2006. Five Point Renovation and Remodel offers the following services:

  • Design Build projects of all sizes
  • Full home remodeling
  • Renovations and remodels such as kitchen, baths, and basements
  • Exterior decks and patios
  • Additions
  • Home maintenance services, including re-roofing, siding, door and window replacements
  • Custom homes
  • Light commercial construction and remodeling
  • Various plumbing, electrical, and HVAC services including full replacements
    • Five Point Renovation and Remodel specializes in worry free projects of any size and scope

      Can you briefly describe what a renovation is? Is it the same thing as a remodel?

      From Webster's Dictionary ?

      Renovate ? To make as good as new; repair; rebuild

      Remodel ? To make over; rebuild

      From the definitions described above, there is not much difference between renovating and remodeling. The biggest difference in my opinion, is when you are renovating a project or property, you are trying to make it look like it was part of the original structure or was never changed. Remodeling a project is a brand new "look" a project takes on as a result of the work completed on the project. For example, renovating a 200 year farmhouse by adding replacement windows. The replacement windows should look and keep the original character of the original home as closely as possible. As opposed to remodeling a bath where the new bath project is a brand new form and function from the original bathroom.

      What are some of the most common renovation projects for houses in __?

      • Major and minor bath renovations
      • Major and minor kitchen renovations
      • ·
      • Re-roofing
      • Replacement windows and doors
      • Outdoor entertaining spaces such as decks and patios

      When a house needs a lot of improvements, how should homeowners decide what to do first?

      The first thing a homeowner should consider is do I need to fix anything on my existing home before any damage occurs that will affect the safety, comfort, and value of the home. For example, you may want to add a new deck on to your home, but the roof should be repaired first if it is showing signs of replacement or failure.

      If the home is well maintained, then I suggest deciding which project to tackle by assessing the available budget compared to the potential price of each project. For example, if the homeowner would really like to add a 20x30' family room addition but the budget does not allow for that project, the homeowner should consider a smaller project which is more likely going to fit the budget, like a bath renovation.

      What's the importance of choosing the right designer and builder, and do you have any tips for how to do that?

      The most important thing to consider when considering a designer/builder is to be sure he is a good fit for you and your family. The second thing to consider is are you and your family a good fit for the designer/builder. You will be spending a lot of time, energy and money on your project, and with the builder, so pick someone who you like and can trust with your home and family.

      The best way to pick a well fitted builder is to first ask for references and then check them out personally. The next thing to do is to meet the builder at your home so you can ask them about their past experiences and customers. I suggest posing a hypothetical question or two, like how would you handle it if I found a mistake on the project, to see how the builder reacts.

      What are one or two of the biggest challenges that homeowners run into during the renovation process? How can they successfully deal with that?

      1. Communication
      2. Communication

      Communication is key to an exceptional building experience. First you must be sure choose a builder who is a good communicator which includes listening. Your builder must actively listen to you needs, wants, and criticisms. The proposal from your builder must be detailed and specific as should the contract. You should see your builder writing down project notes every time you meet. You should experience this the first time you meet your potential builder. Second, you as the customer must do the same and be sure to communicate to the builder at the highest level. The builder cannot read your mind if you are unhappy, or if you have another expectation from the contract. In my 28 years of building and remodeling projects, I can honestly say the biggest challenge for both the customer and me as the builder is making sure the line of communication is never ignored. When it is, problems have a much greater potential to arise.

      What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

      Web ?

      Email ?

      Facebook ? Five Point Construction

      Phone ? 610-857-2856

      Cell ? 484-888-8276

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