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Custom Home Remodeling 101: Everything You Need to Know to Remodel your Orlando Home

Remodeling your home can be a complicated task, but it doesn’t have to be! When planning a home renovation project in Orlando answering these simple questions will help you contextualize your renovation and make the process so much easier. 

  • What type of renovations do you want?
  • Custom kitchen remodeling or custom bathroom remodeling?
  • Or maybe a complete home renovation?


Once you know the answer to these questions, the process will go much more smoothly. In this article, we’ll talk about what you need and where to begin.

Let’s get started!

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What is Custom Home Remodeling?

Custom home remodeling is a building process that offers a complete exterior and/or interior makeover of your home. A remodeling project changes the look and feel of your current space, as well as the functionality of an area making it a better fit for your family.

You can add on personalized features on top of older ones or make a completely new build. Adding new rooms and features let’s you customize and update specific areas in a way that fully fits your style and budget.

A home remodel can take a long time and it also involves people coming in and out of your house, dust and dirt during demolition, and if you live in harsh climates like Orlando’s, unexpected weather delays. 


How does it differ from a custom home renovation?

Although often used interchangeably, remodeling and renovation are not the same. A renovation is a process that updates or restores your room without changing its physical structure or main functions. Some examples may include:

  • New lights
  • Repainting (cabinets or walls)
  • Updating cabinets
  • Replacing windows
  • Replacing tiles or flooring
  • Adding carpet
  • Replacing outdated systems (HVAC)


However, if you wanted to remodel your kitchen, you would be rebuilding its physical structure and adding some new features/functions. This could involve blowing out walls to make an open concept kitchen or adding in a pantry that wasn’t there before. Examples of a remodel includes:

  • Building on a 4 seasons room 
  • Updating a basement 
  • Adding onto a kitchen 
  • Enlarging a bathroom
  • Adding a pool with landscape features


While a remodel and renovation both give your rooms a fresh new look, a remodel changes the design and functionality of a space.


How do I make a home remodeling plan?

No matter how experienced you are at remodeling or the size of your project, it’s always advised to make a remodeling plan so you don’t lose yourself in the process.

Planning a home remodel will help you stay organized and prioritize, which will help lower stress and stay on schedule from beginning to end.

Below are a few planning steps you should include in your remodeling plan.


Step 1. Identify the areas to be remodeled

Consider the layout and design of your home for a moment.

    • Is there something that does not meet your expectations anymore?
    • Are there any assets that you’re missing inside or outside your house?
    • Can you see untapped potential in any specific area?


If you are willing to remodel your home, it’s best to go through all these thoughts and questions in each of your house areas. You can also gather inspiration from other projects and bring them to your reality. Imagine what structural changes can benefit your space and its functions.

    • Do you want an open concept floor plan? 
    • Or do you prefer a more closed-in area with rooms separated by walls? 
    • Do you want to add in additional bedrooms or make your master bathroom larger? 


Step 2. Nail down a budget

If you’re not mindful of your budget, it’s easy for your remodeling project to go over the top with appliances, materials, and labor costs.

To bring some perspective, according to HomeGuide, the average cost to remodel a house is between $19,800 – $73,200, with the average square cost ranging from $15 – $60. So start your budget by setting down a number you are comfortable with spending (plus 10% for any unexpected costs). 

Next, call professionals in your area to ask for estimates. Price out materials, and get a rough idea of how much it would be for all of the permits, decorations, flooring, and more.

If those numbers align with your base budget, then you know you are on track.


Step 3. Plan out electrical, HVAC, and plumbing jobs

Remodeling projects that involve wiring a room or fixing electrical problems can impact other areas of your house, which may result in a distasteful surprise in your budget. 

For instance, the HVAC ducting of a living room may run the length of the wall you want to expand for a master bedroom.

To understand how these systems work inside your house, do not hesitate to call an expert to come over and inspect your home before you close the deal on any project.


Step 4. Choose the right contractor for the job

Reach out to different contractors and secure 3-4 different invoices for the same job. Each of them may have extremely different fees and approaches to the project, which will affect the estimates given.

On that note, pay attention to customer service and how interested they are in asnwering your questions and creating an effective communication with you. You’ll want to be as transparent as possible before your room is under construction.

Also, make sure they have the proper licensing and insurance policies. It is advised that you look into their past projects and definitely request references from previous clients.

Do not choose a contractor based on the lowest estimate among them. Many times, quality comes with price, and you don’t want to be at bad terms when your house is on the line.


Step 5. Have a backup plan

While nobody wants to hit a hiccup while remodeling, you’ll also never want to be ill-prepared for such major events, and problems are bound to happen from time to time.

From labor and material shortages to budgetary constraints, always build in a time and financial buffer to prepare for anything that may come your way unexpectedly.

Plan some extra money and time on Step 2, and rest assured that you’ll mitigate some  stress and make everything run a bit more smoothly.


What comes first in a home remodeling? 

Always prioritize your remodeling plan as it is the most essential part of any construction project. A organized project plan will ensure more control over the process, which is something you don’t want to lose when your home is halfway through demolition.

A good plan can take several weeks or even months to be accomplished, but you’ll surely feel more confident of your choices after the effort.

With all the planning done, the home renovation process usually goes as follows:

  1. Work on the structural and foundation parts;
  2. Demolition;
  3. Build up walls, windows, and new framed; structures;
  4. Install drywall and insulation
  5. Install windows, doors, and flooring;
  6. Work on interior finishings (paint/appliances);
  7. Work on exterior finishings (if applicable).


These steps certainly vary from project to project. A deck remodel will not need any drywall or insulation, but remodeling a kitchen or bathroom will.


What does it cost to remodel a home?

The cost of remodeling a home can vary greatly depending on what you want to be done. The average cost for a kitchen remodel is $25,000, and the average cost for a bathroom remodel is around $10,000. Combining these kinds of projects together, and you’re looking at an average of $35,000 to start!

And that’s not it, remodeling projects can range in price depending on square footage or complexity of the project. According to the HomeGuide, average remodeling costs can be broken down per project such as:



Kitchen Remodeling

$10,000- $50,000

Bedroom/living room

$1,500 – $10,000


$5,000 – $25,000

House Exterior




Remodeling your house is a big commitment, and not one to be taken lightly.

There is little you can do – withouth overspending – after a wall is brough down to the ground, so weight your options carefully through a remodeling plan ahead of time so you can avoid surprises in the following constructions steps. 

Also, you should reach out to different contractors to get comparable bids. Make sure you’re feeling confortable working with their team and ask yourself if they are bringing useful information and expertise to the table before closing the deal.

To get started, reach out to ICOA Builders! We have the experience, knowledge, and passion for delivering high-quality craftsmanship. With over 30 years of combined experience in the business, we are a Orlando Florida custom home builder that specializes in roofing services, kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, and any custom home building needs you may have.

To get your quote, reach out to our team at  ICOA Builders today.

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