Luxury home renovations can be a dream come true, but they can also turn into a nightmare if you don't do your due diligence. In episode 04, Julie Laughton discusses the various categories of issues that can arise during a renovation project and how to avoid them. One issue that homeowners can face is working with architects and designers who are not qualified or who don't take the budget into account. Julie stresses the importance of hiring a local architect who understands the city codes and requirements and having pre-construction meetings with the contractor to ensure that the plans are feasible and within the budget. Another issue that can arise is working with contractors who are not licensed or insured properly. Homeowners should always ask for proof of insurance and requirements from the contractor from day one. If the contractor doesn't have general liability insurance and worker's comp, the homeowner could be liable for any accidents or injuries that occur during the project. To avoid these issues, Julie recommends doing your homework and being clear on what you want before hiring an architect or designer. Don't let your dream home turn into a nightmare, do your due diligence and work with professionals you trust.
ABOUT JULIE LAUGHTON: Julie’s passion is to build custom dream homes with timeless designs that match every client’s style and needs. She has been in the Design Build business for over thirty years. As a designer and general contractor, she oversees and executes all facets of the blueprints and build from conception to completion while providing a collaborative and stress-free process for each client. Julie has completed over 1,000 remodels and custom homes along the affluent coastal communities of Orange and LA County, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach as well as significant projects in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Pasadena.