Houzz Pro Spotlight: Choosing the Right Contractor

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Planning a remodel? Before choosing a new layout or selecting materials, you’ll need to hire the right company for the job. Chad Hatfield, the owner of Hatfield Builders & Remodelers, a design-build firm in Plano, says this step is vital to your project success: “Remodels can change lives for the better. It’s important that you choose the right partner to help guide you.”

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Offering solutions. Though Hatfield got his start building new homes, he was asked time and time again to renovate dated kitchens. “I finally just gave in,” he says. “I enjoyed it immensely because we were getting to know our clients so well before the construction phase. It meant taking their problems and delivering solutions.”

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Consider your options. “You can go the traditional route by hiring an architect and a general contractor, or you can use a design-build firm. We want your remodel to be successful just as much as you do, so first and foremost, you have to hire the right kind of professional for your lifestyle.”

If the scenarios Hatfield presents below sound familiar, you might just benefit from a design-build firm.

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1. Time Is Not on Your Side

Before you hire a professional, assess how busy you’ll be in the months ahead. “A design-build firm is a good fit if you don’t have time on a daily basis to make decisions as they arise, or if you want to make critical decisions, like material selection, upfront,” Hatfield says.

Lakewood clients wanted to renovate their dated galley kitchen, “but they were two young professionals with few minutes to spare during the workweek,” Hatfield says. “I managed their project day to day, so they didn’t have to interview professionals or manage vendors. The result was this party-ready kitchen of their dreams.”

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2. You Want a Single Contact

If you forgo a design-build firm, you’ll likely be managing an architect, a designer and a contractor. “That means cutting different checks, calling different numbers and managing communication between all three,” Hatfield says. “Many people thrive on that level of control. For others, a project manager — a single contact — is a priority.”

Clients in Richardson wanted an open floor plan and needed someone to manage the project. “Just between the two of them, they had trouble getting on the same page,” Hatfield says. “They didn’t want to be in the middle of multiple professionals, in the crossfire of many opinions. I managed their project and delivered this light and open great room.”

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3. You Want a Remodel Redemption

If you’ve experienced a stressful remodel in the past, perhaps you need extra guidance this time around. “Many clients have already been through trying renovations,” Hatfield says. Design-build firms earn their money through construction, not design, and “we act as partners, holding your hand through the process until it’s complete.”

North Dallas clients had hired a kitchen designer to renovate their layout but didn’t like the result. “There was going to be a huge vent hood over the island that would’ve closed off the space,” Hatfield says. “We had to start from scratch.” He walked his clients through a new, loftier design from start to finish: “In the end, they got the kitchen they wanted.”

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