Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUN 2017

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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espite his 30-plus years in the busi- ness, David Amundson, president and owner of TreHus Architects + Interior Designers + Builders in Minneapolis, learned four critical things that must be present when undertaking a remod- eling project: good people, good internal systems, good planning and good management. "If you have one of those four things wrong, heaven help you," he adds. Chemistry is also important considering how much time and trust are committed to a project. When Amundson interviewed with these Minneapolis- based homeowners regarding their whole-house remod- eling project, they were a year into trying to coordinate the remodel themselves—with the husband as the general contractor and a baby to boot. eir house was totally torn apart except part of the kitchen, and there was no end to the process in sight. "e reason I learned [those four things are critical] on this job is they got all four things wrong. ey didn't have good people—good peo- ple meaning you have reason to believe they are ethical and have the skills required to do the work. Good internal systems—none of these people had good ways of writing proposals, clear communication and scheduling—were not present. Good planning was pretty much zero, and then good management, again, pretty much zero other than the homeowner trying to get control," Amundson says. "One of the first things I said was, 'Listen, you guys don't want to hear this but we have to stop, do some good planning, and you have the wrong people working here.'" e project did pause for approximately a month, result- ing in blueprints and the necessary "good planning" that About Face Phase three of a remodeling project presented complications, but TreHus Architects + Interior Designers + Builders proved its expertise while the homeowners displayed their resilience. By Kacey Larsen MASTER DESIGN AWARDS 2016 GOLD | EXTERIOR FACELIFT PROJECT INFORMATION TreHus Architects + Interior Designers + Builders Minneapolis trehus.biz Project name: Kenwood Park Remodel Cost: $485,201 PRODUCT INFORMATION Siding: AllPrime 4-in. lap Porch flooring: Fir tongue-and-groove Porch ceiling: Beaded ceiling board Railing: Custom made from cedar Deck: Ipe with hidden fasteners D Before QualifiedRemodeler.com QR June 2017 25 PROJECTS: Design Solutions

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