Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

When is it time to remodel?

Maybe when you realized that the avocado green and harvest gold appliances are no longer the “in” colors for today’s kitchens. Maybe you had an epiphany one day as you stood in line to use your own bathroom. Whatever the impetus, the thought has crossed your mind, “Maybe it’s time to remodel.” Once you decide to remodel, you’ll join millions of others who have decided to remodel their homes each year. The reasons for remodeling are as varied as the projects our experienced remodeling contractors undertake. Some of these include:

  • Adding more space with additions, changing kitchen layouts, increasing room for a master bath, finishing a basement or building sunrooms and garages.
  • Upgrading cabinets, counters, appliances, flooring and fixtures.
  • Creating a floor plan that’s customized for your lifestyle, maybe making the kitchen the home hub, or building a luxurious spa-like bathroom, or a finished basement for the kids.
  • Green remodeling and energy efficiency with new windows, doors, insulation and climate control systems.
  • Increasing the resale value of your home!
How do I select my design-build contractor?

There are so many remodeling contractors in Northern Virginia to choose from, and it can be difficult to sort through them all to find the right one for you. It is important to choose a home improvement contractor with an established business in Northern Virginia. Check references from past customers in your neighborhood and community, whether you are in Fairfax, Loudoun, Alexandria, Arlington, Springfield, Mclean or Falls Church. It’s also a good idea to check with the Better Business Bureau and NARI (National Association of Remodelers). Of course, your remodeling firm should be licensed and insured. These are just the minimum requirements that any remodeling company should meet. Make sure the design-build firm or remodeling contractor understands you and your family’s needs and that you feel that you are in trusting hands. Click here to download a list of the questions you should be asking before inviting a remodeling company into your home.

Interview Questions to Ask your Design Build Firm or Remodeling Contractor:
  • Does your remodeling company specialize in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, universal living, green remodeling, additions, whole homes, garages, and sunrooms?
  • How long have you been in business? What areas of Northern Virginia do you work the most in?
  • Who will actually be designing our kitchen or bathroom?
  • Who will be assigned to manage our remodeling project once the construction starts?
  • What awards and recognitions has your remodeling company received in the Northern Virginia region, and on a National level?
  • What association do they belong to?
  • How do you measure customer satisfaction?
  • How will I be able to communicate with the Lead Carpenter, Production Manager, and Design Manager?
  • How do I know when things are happening? Who manages the design schedule and the construction schedule?
    • What type of process is in place to help me make decisions regarding my budget and lifestyle?
    • What is your approach to a project of this scope? Listen carefully to the answer. This is one of the big indicators of the company’s work ethic, system, and the processes they have in place.
    • How is your firm organized? Do you have employees or do you hire subcontractors? If you do have employees, what are their job descriptions? Will you use a project supervisor and a lead carpenter to oversee the project? You should know what parts of your project will be handled by what staff members.
    • What percentage of your business is repeat or referral business? This will give you a good indication of the company’s customer satisfaction.
    • Of the many questions you can ask during an interview, the most important question is one you must ask yourself, “Do I feel comfortable with, feel heard by, and trust the person I am about to hire?” Your answer to that last question should make the hiring decision a little easier
How much should my remodeling project cost?

This really depends on the size and scope of your project. The materials chosen, the size of the room, and the age of the infrastructure can all impact the project cost as well. Remember, when comparing bids that you compare the exact same scope from each contractor – which is very difficult to do. If a price comes in that looks too good to be true, it probably is. To get a precise estimate, consult with one of our remodeling experts. Keep in mind that each project is unique, and the final cost will vary based on your specific needs and circumstances.

Project Type Ranges:

Kitchens:

The cost of remodeling a Kitchen can vary widely depending on many factors, including the size of the project, age of your home, the scope of work, and the materials chosen. To provide you with a more accurate estimate, we typically begin with a complimentary consultation to discuss your specific needs and goals. Assuming you are interested in full gut and creation of a custom kitchen, families most typically invest in somewhere from $85,000 to $150,000. However, it’s important to note that each project is unique, and our goal is to tailor our services to your particular requirements and budget constraints. During our consultation, we’ll work closely with you to develop a customized plan that aligns with your vision while ensuring cost-effectiveness.

Primary, Master Bathroom:

The cost of remodeling a Primary Bathroom can vary widely depending on many factors, including the size of the project, age of your home, the scope of work, and the materials chosen. To provide you with a more accurate estimate, we typically begin with a complimentary consultation to discuss your specific needs and goals. Assuming you are interested in full gut and creation of a custom Primary Bathroom, families most typically invest in somewhere from $60,000 to $120,000. However, it’s important to note that each project is unique, and our goal is to tailor our services to your particular requirements and budget constraints. During our consultation, we’ll work closely with you to develop a customized plan that aligns with your vision while ensuring cost-effectiveness.

Hall, Guest, Kids Bathroom:

The cost of remodeling a Hall Bathroom can vary widely depending on many factors, including the size of the project, age of your home, the scope of work, and the materials chosen. To provide you with a more accurate estimate, we typically begin with a complimentary consultation to discuss your specific needs and goals. Assuming you are interested in full gut and creation of a custom Hall Bathroom, families most typically invest in somewhere from $30,000 to $60,000. However, it’s important to note that each project is unique, and our goal is to tailor our services to your particular requirements and budget constraints. During our consultation, we’ll work closely with you to develop a customized plan that aligns with your vision while ensuring cost-effectiveness.

Addition:

The cost of constructing an Addition can vary widely depending on many factors, including the size of the addition, age of your home, lot constraints, purpose of the new space (meaning, if this space has a new kitchen within it is very different and if it is a family room), the scope of work, and the materials chosen. To provide you with a more accurate estimate, we typically begin with a complimentary consultation to discuss your specific needs and goals. Assuming you are interested in the creation of a custom family room addition, families most typically invest in somewhere from $150,000 to $350,000. However, it’s important to note that each project is unique, and our goal is to tailor our services to your particular requirements and budget constraints. During our consultation, we’ll work closely with you to develop a customized plan that aligns with your vision while ensuring cost-effectiveness.

Basement:

The cost of finishing a basement can vary widely depending on many factors, including the size of the project, age of your home, purpose of the new space (meaning, if this space has a new bathroom, wet bar, media room, etc. within it is very different and if it is an open recreation room), the scope of work, and the materials chosen. To provide you with a more accurate estimate, we typically begin with a complimentary consultation to discuss your specific needs and goals. Assuming you are interested in the creation of a custom basement, families most typically invest in somewhere from $80,000 to $250,000. However, it’s important to note that each project is unique, and our goal is to tailor our services to your particular requirements and budget constraints. During our consultation, we’ll work closely with you to develop a customized plan that aligns with your vision while ensuring cost-effectiveness.

Screened Porch:

The cost of creating a screened porch can vary widely depending on many factors, including the size of the project, age of your home, lot constraints, the scope of work, and the materials chosen. To provide you with a more accurate estimate, we typically begin with a complimentary consultation to discuss your specific needs and goals. Assuming you are interested in the creation of a custom screened porch with synthetic finish materials, families most typically invest in somewhere from $80,000 to $150,000. However, it’s important to note that each project is unique, and our goal is to tailor our services to your particular requirements and budget constraints. During our consultation, we’ll work closely with you to develop a customized plan that aligns with your vision while ensuring cost-effectiveness.

What services do you offer?

We offer a comprehensive range of home remodeling services, including kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, whole-house renovations, and additions. Our goal is to transform your space into a beautiful and functional living area that reflects your unique style and needs.

What sets your company apart from others in the industry?

What makes us stand out is our unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional results through a comprehensive and client-centric approach.

Comprehensive Design Process: Our hallmark is our comprehensive design process. We believe that a well-thought-out design is the foundation of a successful project. That’s why we invest the time and expertise needed to create spaces that are not only beautiful but also functional. Our process begins with a deep understanding of your needs and preferences, allowing us to craft designs that align perfectly with your vision.

Three Unique Designs: One unique aspect of our approach is that we create three distinct design concepts for each project. This means you’ll have the opportunity to explore various possibilities and make an informed decision about the direction you want to take. We value your input and believe that having multiple design options empowers you to choose what resonates most with your style and requirements.

In-House Selection Management: We understand that selecting the right materials and finishes is a crucial aspect of any remodel. To simplify the process and ensure the highest quality, our in-house Interior Designer will manage all selections. Our team works closely with you to guide you through the selection of materials, fixtures, and finishes that align with your design choices and budget.

Clear Scope of Work: Transparency is a core principle in our business. We provide a clear and detailed scope of work for every room and discipline involved in your project. This means you’ll have a precise understanding of what to expect, ensuring there are no surprises along the way. Our aim is to make the remodeling journey as smooth and stress-free as possible.

By choosing Daniels Design and Remodeling, you’re not just getting a remodeling service; you’re gaining a dedicated partner committed to delivering excellence in every aspect of your project. We take pride in our ability to turn your vision into reality, and we’re excited to bring your dream space to life.

What steps are taken to minimize disruption to my daily life during remodeling?

We prioritize minimizing disruption. We’ll create a detailed project schedule, coordinate work to minimize inconvenience, and maintain a clean, organized work area to ensure your comfort.

Can you help with design ideas if I'm not sure what I want?

Absolutely! We have a talented design team ready to assist. We’ll collaborate to discover your preferences and create a design that aligns with your vision and lifestyle.

How do you handle unexpected issues or changes during a project?

We understand that unforeseen issues may arise. We address them promptly with open communication, offering informed solutions and discussing any necessary adjustments to keep your project on track.

Do you have a portfolio of past remodeling projects I can view?

Absolutely! You can explore our portfolio on our website, showcasing a diverse range of completed projects that highlight our design and remodeling expertise. Feel free to also check out our case studies for a deeper look into past completed projects.

What types of homes do you typically work on?

We have extensive experience with various types of homes, from historic to modern. Whether it’s a single-family residence, condominium, or townhouse, we can adapt our services to your specific needs.

How long should I expect my remodeling project to take?

The duration of your remodeling project depends on its size, complexity, required permits, and the extent of design and planning. Small projects like a bathroom remodel may take weeks, while larger ones such as a full home renovations can span several months. At Daniels Design and Remodeling, a dedicated project manager is with you throughout your entire remodeling journey. Thorough preparation is done upfront by creating a detailed project plan, securing necessary permits, and addressing potential issues before construction begins to help streamline timelines.

What is Daniels Express service and how is it different from a standard remodel?

Daniels Express Remodeling Service revamps your bathroom with new fixtures and finishes without changing the room’s layout. We offer a catalog of hand-selected materials and bathroom features for you to choose from. With the high-end, narrow selection, you can update your bathroom at a significantly lower cost in 1-3 weeks. Standard service offers nearly unlimited choices that you can refine down to the last detail, but this limited customization transforms your bathroom faster and more affordably. If you’re short on time and budget or don’t want an extensive renovation to begin with, Express Service is perfect for you.

What is Green Remodeling, and what are some of the benefits of it?

Remodeling a home to make it more environmentally friendly or “green,” is easier than you may think. And, best of all, it gives you a unique opportunity to incorporate cost-saving and earth-sustaining green concepts into your home. Green remodeling encompasses making a home healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient. Consideration is given to indoor air quality, energy conservation, resource conservation, reduced material waste, and the use of products that are better for the environment (and for people). Bottom line, it’s easier on the earth, can lower energy costs and it provides a healthier home for your family. There are some small ways to think about green remodeling too:

  • Non-toxic paints and sealants
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Energy efficient appliances
  • Natural Flooring
  • Local building materials
  • Natural fiber rugs and fabrics
  • Recycled material roof shingles and tiles
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Insulated hot water pipes
  • Tankless water heaters
  • Quality insulation
  • Native plants for landscaping
Do you provide free estimates, and how do they work?

Yes, we offer free initial consultations and estimates. Our team will assess your project, discuss your goals, and provide a transparent breakdown of costs and timelines.

Can you help with design and planning, or do I need an architect?

We offer a full turn-key solution for your project. We offer design and planning services to help you create a vision for your project. For more complex projects, we can collaborate with architects or recommend one if necessary.

Are you and your contractors licensed and insured?

Yes, all our contractors are licensed and insured, ensuring a high level of professionalism, safety, and quality workmanship.

How do I choose the right materials for my project?

Our experienced team can guide you in selecting the best materials that suit your budget, style preferences, and project goals. We work with trusted suppliers to provide a range of options.

What permits and approvals might be required for my project?

We identify and obtain any necessary permits and approvals, ensuring your project complies with local building codes and regulations.

What is your warranty?

Wetake great pride in the quality of our work and the materials we use in your remodeling project. To provide you with peace of mind and assurance in the longevity of our craftsmanship, we offer a comprehensive warranty.

2-Year Warranty: At Daniels Design and Remodeling, we stand behind our work with a solid 2-year warranty on all materials and labor. This warranty ensures that your newly remodeled space not only looks fantastic but also functions flawlessly for years to come.

Manufacturer Warranties: In addition to our 2-year warranty, it’s important to note that our commitment to quality extends to the products and materials we use. Many of the products we incorporate into your project come with their own manufacturer warranties. These warranties, which vary by product, offer an added layer of protection and coverage period for specific components.

Our goal is to provide you with complete confidence in the durability and performance of your remodel. We believe that our 2-year warranty, coupled with manufacturer warranties, exemplifies our dedication to delivering outstanding results and ensuring your satisfaction.

Are your remodeling services available in my area?

We serve clients all across the Northern Virginia area. If you’re unsure if your location falls within our service area you can check out our areas we serve page. If you don’t see your area listed, please reach out directly and we’ll be happy to confirm.

Do you have references or examples of past projects I can review?

Yes, we can provide references and showcase our portfolio of completed projects, allowing you to see the quality and craftsmanship of our work. You can also review our remodeling case studies.

How can I schedule a consultation or get in touch with your team for more information?

You can easily reach out to us by scheduling a consultation directly on our website. You can also access our scheduling tool here.