2. Hire an architect. Find someone who has worked in your area, whose portfolio includes projects that reflect your style, and who has strong recommendations from past clients.
3. Retain a builder. As with your architect, the builder's experience in the area and his clients' recommendations are key.
4. Get a preliminary estimate of costs, based on general concepts.
5. Modify your plans and goals based on the relationship between costs and your budget
6. You're ready to go with the fun part: design. The architect will lead you along the way.
7. Obtain necessary building permits. Because your architect and builder are local, they will be very familiar with local building codes and restrictions -- saving you big money but NOT proposing something that want get approved. They will lead you through the permitting process.
8. Once permits are received, construction can be scheduled and you are off to the races!
2. Nail the budget- come up with a number you won't lose sleep over
3. Hire an owner's rep- someone that designs/does the building process
4. Get a scaled plan
5. Get secured permits
6. Check with insurance agent
7. Order everything
8. Paint/Flooring and then add in appliances etc.
9. Finishing touches
10. Reappraise your home
Michael Foster http://www.albornconstruction.com/exterior-home-remodeling