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Initiating a Home Renovation Project During COVID-19

Stay Safe and Remain Patient

While the coronavirus pandemic continues, initiating your home renovation project necessitates several key considerations. How will you finalize a suitable home remodeling contractor, without meeting them in person or doing site walkthroughs of their completed projects? How will you minimize the risks associated with people outside your bubble entering your home? The experts at Flegel’s Construction offer some tips for managing potential obstacles and staying safe throughout your home makeover process.

Tips for a Safe, Cost-Efficient Home Makeover in the Era of COVID-19

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has led to several innovative business practices that one would never have imagined until a year ago. From home delivery of items that you could only ever buy at bricks-and-mortar stores, to purchasing vehicles and homes via virtual walkthroughs, COVID-19 has led to a complete transformation of how we shop and conduct business. The pandemic has also compelled many homeowners to modify their homes and make them more suitable for the stay-at-home and work-from-home lifestyle.

If you are thinking of initiating a home renovation project during COVID-19, here are some aspects to consider:

  • Assess and finalize a contractor virtually: Many professional home remodeling contractors now offer introductory meetings through Facetime or Zoom. This is a great opportunity for you to assess their portfolios and capabilities and ‘walk’ them through your home to explain your renovation goals or discuss your ideas. Use the virtual call as an opportunity to understand a few important things, such as:
  • How do they operate in light of COVID-19 related restrictions and challenges?
  • What kind of questions do they ask? Do their queries reflect their ability to design and deliver to your specifications?
  • What type of work have they done in the past? Can they connect you with past customers virtually?
  • How will they ensure that every crew member working in your home follows the basic protocols of hand hygiene, mask-wearing, and physical distancing?
  • Expect certain COVID-19 related limitations:In light of the pandemic related logistical challenges, production issues, and added safety measures, some aspects of your project may need continuous monitoring and creative solutions. Home remodeling companies that have a dedicated project consultation team are better equipped to handle such situations efficiently. Whether it is labor shortages, price hikes, or delays in material deliveries or city permits, project management specialists can help in addressing all aspects of your home renovation project through:
    • Proactive planning of backup solutions
    • Quick problem-solving for unexpected issues
    • Efficient coordination between contractors, tradespeople, and suppliers
    • Prompt reallocation of on-site resources  

Remember, when you are initiating a home renovation project during COVID-19, it is all about resourceful planning and constant communication between you and your chosen home remodeling specialist.

Fabulous Home Makeovers by the Bay Area’s Trusted Home Remodeling Contractors

At Flegel’s, we specialize in designing and delivering luxurious and functional spaces in line with your lifestyle, preferences and budget. Innovative designs, outstanding craftsmanship, and unparalleled customer service are the hallmarks of our custom home remodeling projects throughout the Bay Area.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have modified our processes and approach to prioritize safety for our employees, contractors and clients.

  • Our rigorous hygiene protocols align with public health and safety guidelines, as well as other industry-specific regulations in the context of COVID-19.
  • We take the utmost care and precautions to minimize any risks. Our goal is to ensure the safe and efficient completion of every home remodeling project that we undertake during these challenging times.
  • Our teams maintain an open and transparent line of communication throughout the project lifecycle. We will keep you updated on the progress of your project every step of the way.

Ready to customize your Palo Alto/ Bay Area home and initiate your home renovation project? For reliable and quality makeovers, hire the home renovation experts at Flegel’s Construction Co. Call us at 408-269-1101 to discuss your requirements or request a virtual home renovation walkthrough today.

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New Home Design in the Age of COVID-19

New Home Design in the Age of COVID-19

Expert Opinions from Bay Area’s Top Remodeling and Construction Specialists

Amid the current coronavirus global pandemic, global shutdowns, shelter-in-place orders, and virtual work or study lifestyles are the new norms in most homes. It is unclear if this short-term recalibration will have long-lasting effects. However, it shines a spotlight on the way we may modify our future living and working styles. The construction and remodeling experts at Flegel’s discuss the emergence of a new home design in the age of COVID-19.

Likely Trends in New Builds Beyond 2020

Our current situation is one that most of us have never experienced or expected. Almost overnight, our homes are multi-tasking as offices, classrooms, gyms, and more. You may have started using your guest bedroom, mudroom, dining table, or even a stairway landing as your new work-from-home spot. Your video calls may be giving others an intimate view into your home, with background activities that include bouncing kids, barking dogs, or even a pajama-clad spouse or parent.

The current health crisis may lead to a greater acceptance of and adaptation to work-from-home and learn-at-home scenarios. This means, you may have to look at your home in a new light with different expectations of what your living spaces could and should do.

Here are the top 4 new home design trends that are likely to emerge in the age of COVID-19:

  • Greater emphasis on indoor-outdoor living: With limited access to outdoor activities and social gatherings, you will be spending many more waking hours in your home than ever before. This would generate a pronounced need for natural light and better access to outdoor landscapes for enhanced livable spaces. It could also translate into addition of more windows or sunroofs, building sunrooms, and reimagining livable spaces as indoor gardens.
  • Critical balance between open and enclosed spaces: If people are more homebound, they will share space with the entire family for longer periods of time. However, this can only function effectively when the interior spaces are fluid and functional to accommodate multiple needs and tasks. While the kitchen, living, and dining spaces may continue to feature an open plan layout, there will be a substantial increase in allocation of private, enclosed spots. The key will be in carving out comfortable, open spaces, while delicately balancing the need for seclusion.
  • High demand for designated workspaces: It seems quite likely that many people will continue to use work from home or telecommuting options, even after the global pandemic ebbs. This will boost the demand for designated home office spaces that provide modern conveniences, along with adequate privacy and seclusion. The importance of smart storage will also increase. People will seek clever ways to conceal household or personal items, especially in compact homes where a separate, enclosed workspace is not possible.
  • Energy conserving designs and materials: While there is already a growing number of people seeking eco-friendly and sustainable home designs, the demand for energy-conserving features may further skyrocket in the age of COVID-19. Air filtration systems, solar panels and battery charging stations may become a must-have in many homes.

Bay Area’s Top Contractors Deliver Efficient New Age Homes

At Flegel’s Construction Co., we have decades of experience in building new homes, as well as construction consulting. Our innovative architects skillfully design spaces around your living, eating, play and work requirements, while our talented craftsmen deliver these spaces to your exact specifications, on time and on budget. We stay abreast of the changing trends in designs, and building materials and codes, while also keeping an eye on future needs of customers.

Check out some of the custom homes that we have constructed across the Bay Area.

Want to discuss and plan your new home design in the age of COVID-19? Call 408-269-1101 to schedule a consultation or contact us online.

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