Do I need an architect?

Although a large number of the projects we undertake—such as additions, whole-home renovations, and other major remodeling projects—do require the services of an architect, many do not. For example, it may not be necessary to involve an architect in a simple bathroom update or the finishing of an existing basement. Your remodeling consultant will be more than happy to talk to you about your unique needs and advise you on whether or not you will need to hire an architect. We’ve worked with some of the best architects in the Chicago area, and we are always happy to provide referrals if desired.

Will I need to pull a permit to execute my remodeling project?

While you won’t need a permit to paint your home or replace your flooring, most major renovations and additions do require permits and inspections in order to be legal and to ensure that they meet current codes. Rest assured that we will identify whatever permits are necessary to complete your project. We’ll also schedule inspections and make sure that everything is approved by the city, township, or county before we sign off on the job.

How can I be assured of getting the most return for my investment with my remodeling project?

Whether you want to maximize your potential return in the form of a higher resale price or you are looking to get the most from your remodeling budget by creating a home or office that suits your changing needs for years to come, we have the experience and knowledge to guide you in choosing the projects to undertake, selecting the right materials and finishes, incorporating energy-saving options, and more. We are always delighted to share our expertise regarding home trends, accessibility considerations, and extended living options, and we can help you to avoid any choices that might not be worth your time or money in today’s real estate market.

Who will actually be doing the work?

This is a very important question to ask of any remodeler, and the answer can mean the difference between an exceptionally satisfying experience and a complete nightmare. S. N. Peck Builder employs its own in-house staff of highly experienced project managers, as well as the finest, most skilled carpenters in the Chicago area. In addition, we have long-standing relationships with exemplary plumbers, electricians, and craftspeople who share our dedication for superior workmanship and who work under the direct supervision of our project manager. Every aspect of your remodeling project is guaranteed by S. N. Peck Builder, and we hold ourselves accountable for the work that our subcontracted colleagues perform.

Will I have to move out of my home while you are working on it?

There’s no getting around the fact that the demolition and construction processes can be noisy, dusty, and inconvenient for anyone who is living in the space at the same time that work is going on. Many of our clients have found it preferable to move out of their homes temporarily while major construction is underway. This is particularly true of those clients who have small children or pets, or those whose allergies, asthma, or other medical condition may be triggered by fine dust particles. Of course, if your project involves the remodeling of a second bathroom, the construction of a deck, or a basement conversion, it should not be necessary to move out. Your remodeling consultant will be more than happy to provide a thoughtful, honest assessment of the difficulties you may encounter while residing in your home during your particular remodeling project and the length of time you may expect the construction process to take. Regardless of whether you stay or not, we take great care to protect and keep clean all areas of your home that are not involved in the remodeling process at all times.

How long will it take to complete my project?

The length of time it takes to complete your unique remodeling project depends on several factors. First is the size and scope of the project: a kitchen or bathroom renovation may take as little as a few weeks, while a whole-home remodeling job may last several months. Other factors, such as materials and finishes to be used, may also affect the length of time involved. If a particular type of marble needs to be imported or custom hardware needs to be crafted, extra time may need to be planned for. Once we have discussed your particular needs and desires, we will be able to provide you an accurate estimate of the time involved to complete your personal project.

How will I be kept informed of the progress on my project?

As our client, we at S. N. Peck Builder consider you an invaluable partner in the remodeling process, and we make it a priority to keep you informed and involved at every step. Your personal project manager is available to you at all times and will keep you updated of our construction progress on a regular (usually weekly) basis. In addition, he or she will notify you of any unexpected issues that arise and will work with you to resolve them and to respond to any questions or concerns you may have along the way. Your project manager will also be on the job site as often as needed to ensure that the work is done to our highest standards and that the project remains on schedule.

Do you guarantee your work?

Yes, we offer a full one-year warranty on all of our work.

I have a general idea of what I want, but I could use some input. Can you help me crystalize my vision?

We love helping clients turn dreams into reality, and we would be honored to participate in your creative decision-making process. We invite you to peruse our portfolio to get an idea of what’s possible, and we welcome the opportunity to offer you our expertise and ideas on transforming your home or office into a beautiful, functional space that meets all of your needs and desires.