When starting a remodel, you don't want to start with a sledgehammer; you want to start with asking the right questions and getting the right answers is crucial. Have good information before you even start will help you pick the right contractor, take on the right project, and set your budget properly. We encourage all customers to ask smart questions before beginning their remodels and home projects. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from customers when they start a contracted project with us. To dive deeper into planning your home renovation project, reach out to us via email or phone and we'll answer any further questions you may have!

Q:     How Do I Start Remodeling My Kitchen Or Bathroom?

First, establish a plan! Next you'll have to figure out what you want to change and make a wish list. One of the most important things is setting the budget, make sure you find out what's feasible for you, it's even best to overshoot it if you can. Expect contingencies because you can't always see what may go wrong. Research and find a reputable contractor, get some quotes and talk to the multiple companies. Make sure you're hiring someone you can trust and someone who'll share with you in your ideas.  Some people may think, "I can remodel by myself." but remodeling takes a lot of patience, time, and skill. Don't put yourself through all of the twists and turns it'll take to set up your dream kitchen or bathroom, let us help you do the work! ECM Carpentry is family owned and operated with the head a general contractor with over a decade of experience. We focus on quality while being cost efficient and giving you the best value for your budget. 

Q:     How Long Does A Remodel Or Renovation Take?

Standard Kitchen Remodel - 6-8 Weeks. 

Standard Bathroom Remodel - 4-6 Weeks. 

A Full House Renovation - 4-8 Months. 

Q:     Is It Worth It To Remodel Or Renovate My Kitchen Or Bathroom?

Kitchen and bathroom remodels or renovations are definitely worth it. When you begin a kitchen or bathroom project, you're really starting an investment. It's important to invest in your home in the right areas, and the big ticket items are kitchens and bathrooms. Redoing these rooms will help with your lifestyle or, if you're looking to sell, help raise the resale value of the home. 

Q:     How Do I Replace My Windows Or Doors?

When you're replacing your windows - consider the types of windows you'd like to use in your home; there are many different types and what you choose will contribute to how much the entire project could cost. Same goes for your doors. The overall value can be intimidating, but it's best to replace all windows and exterior doors at the same time. You can improve your aesthetics and energy efficiency in the long run. Also, plan to complete any projects like this during the warmer months; the summer and early fall will be most comfortable for this. 

Q:     When Do I Need To Replace My Roof?

The first sign to know when to replace your roof is of course, age. After about 20 - 25 years, your roof will need to be replaced even if it may not be showing other signs. Speaking of signs, other hints that your roof needs to be replaced are: curling shingles, bald spots on shingles, or cracked shingles. 

Q:     How Much Does Replacing Siding Cost?

The average cost of replacing the exterior home of with vinyl siding can fall in a range of $4,000 - $15,000. 

The average cost of replacing your home's exterior with Aluminum can fall in a range of $10,000 to $19,000. 

The average cost to replace the siding of your home with wood siding can fall in a range of $15,000 - $25,000. 

Q:     When Do I Need To Replace My Siding?

You'll need to replace your siding when you start seeing cracked or loose siding, when the pieces are fading, rotting, or warping, you should definitely consider replacing pieces if you see a growth of mold or other vegetation on your home. You should maintain your home exterior as well. Cleaning the outside of your home properly will ensure that the siding will last as long as it's supposed to. 

Q:     What Is The Best Material To Build A Deck?

The Economic Answer: Pressure-Treated Lumber. This is a cost effective way to get a wooden deck over natural cedar, redwood, and tropical hardwoods. 

Composites and plastics are second to real wooden decks. They are durable and easy to maintain, requiring regular cleaning with just a garden hose or bucket and mop.

Q:     What About Permits?

Building codes have been established based on the municipality. The building codes and their requirements vary considerably from one jurisdiction to another. 

A building permit would be required whenever structural work is involved or when the living area of the home is to be changed drastically. 

ECM Carpentry can include the permit(s) in an estimate or the Homeowner can attain it.

Q:     Does ECM Carpentry Offer Financing?

Yes - we use PayPal Credit to help finance. 

Q:     Does ECM Carpentry Give Free Estimates?

Yes - all estimates and designs that ECM Carpentry supplies will always be completely free. 

Q:     How Much Does A Project Cost?

ECM Carpentry, much like all contractors, will take many aspects into consideration when providing an estimate. The cost and quality of materials and the scope of work involved are the biggest contributors. ECM always takes your budget in mind when estimating a project. We strive to give you the best value and at the same time, we don't let you fail to benefit from quality materials. 

Q:     What Is ECM Carpentry’s Payment Policy?

ECM Carpentry and the Homeowner will set an agreement for the payments (how many and how much) in the contract based on the project. 

Q:     Do I Have To Supply Any Of The Materials?

Based on the contract ECM Carpentry and the Homeowner agree on, the responsibilities of the materials can fall to either or both. 

Q:     Does ECM Carpentry Use Employees Or Subcontractors?

ECM Carpentry will only use subcontractors with trades we aren’t licensed in - otherwise, we send our own employees to a project.