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What Can I Expect During a Home Remodeling Project?

By: Marty Morse-Owner of Morse Remodeling, Inc. and Custom Homes  

As the owner of a remodeling company, I am frequently asked, “What can I expect during my home renovation project?” This is a very broad question and the answer will vary depending on the scope of the project. However, there are four critical criteria that should be discussed and clarified between client and contractor prior to commencing work, regardless of the type of project. By addressing these items with the contractor, a homeowner should have a better experience overall during their remodel.


Expert 1


By the time the project starts, there should be a foundation of trust between the company and the client. Hopefully the client has done their homework and knows that they have engaged a team with the professional skills to deliver the scope of work that was agreed upon in the contract. If the foundation of trust is lagging, there could be numerous obstacles during the project as the homeowner will need to repeatedly review whether the contractor is trustworthy and competent. Establishing trust as the first element in the relationship will allow the homeowner to enjoy the process and the remodeler to move through the completion of the project with more efficiency.


Expert 2


Remodeling a home is daunting for most homeowners not only because it restricts the full utility of the home, but also because during the course of a project dozens of tradespeople will require access to their home. These two elements can make a remodeling project feel like a home invasion if access is not effectively controlled by the remodeler. For a successful project, the homeowner and contractor need to have excellent communication around access. First, the homeowner needs to be willing to accept access into their home during reasonable hours for the contractors and tradespeople to perform the work. And second, the contractor should communicate regularly with the homeowner about the work schedule and what to expect each day. With a clear understanding of the schedule, homeowners can relax and reclaim the privacy of their home during times when no work is scheduled.


Expert 3

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When it comes to remodeling, dust happens, even with proper dust protection in place. The best way to protect personal property from dust during a project is to come to terms with the fact that dust will probably find its way outside of the construction zone. Rather than dusting at the end of each workday, it is highly recommended that personal belongings that might be negatively impacted by dust are packed away until the project is complete. This minimal preparation to the remodel reduces stress dramatically during the project.


Quality remodeling companies typically have very good timelines and project management systems in place. However, there are often issues that come up that are beyond the control of the management team. Issues such as weather, products arriving defective, illness, a change in scope due to unforeseen issues, or trades availability can cause unexpected delays. Good remodeling companies take these possibilities into account when planning the overall timeline of the project and provide clear communication to the homeowner should any issues come up that could delay the project. A practical timeline for the project allows the homeowner to make realistic plans for when they will be enjoying their newly remodeled space. Design, Build, and most importantly, ENJOY!

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Change is in the Air-Embrace it!

By Marty Morse

Cool, crisp air-fewer daylight hours-the smell of home cooked meals in the kitchen. Change is in the air. Whether you like it or not, the seasons are changing. Personally, I enjoy seeing the fall colors arrive and watching my world transition from the warm, lazy days of summer, to the brisk and busy Autumn.  But, I have always loved change!  I guess that is why I love remodeling homes so much; it is a wonderful opportunity to engage in the positive effects of change to the places that mark the very heart of our lives, our homes.  How do you feel about change?change_ahead

Most of our clients, cautiously at first, love to watch the transformations that take place in their homes throughout the remodeling process. Yesterday, I had a chance to visit and take photos of a home that underwent a whole house remodel through Morse Remodeling. The home was stunning!  I reviewed the old photos as I walked around the home, reminiscing what the house looked like before we changed it. It was pretty cool to see the transformation.

It is amazing the effects even small home remodels can have on you.  Recently, a client told me about how their life changed after the remodel was completed:

Before our remodel took place, we never wanted to rush home and hang out at our house. We would always try to make plans and be somewhere else. We now find ourselves wanting to get home and enjoy our newly changed space. We love our home and the changes you did to it!

Wow! It is so cool how the change of a home renovation can be such a positive influence on one’s life.

Perhaps uniquely designed spaces are the change you are looking for in your life.  The wonderful thing about remodeling your home, is that it doesn’t need to catch you unprepared.  You can take your time and plan it out, taking one step at a time.  Sometimes change can be a little scary. We get that. That is why we educate you along the way and make sure you fully understand how the change will take place. If you are in the mood for some change in your environment, let us give you a hand. We specialize in personalized home transformations and have a wonderful and professional staff that will lead you in this endeavor.  We want you to feel that “Wow!” when you settle into your newly changed space.

Whether it is the change of the season, or your home, or some other part of your life, I hope you embrace it and all the positive things that it brings to life.  Change can be a very wonderful thing!  Enjoy!

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Remodeling is Picking UP!

By Marty Morse

Have you noticed more construction vehicles in your neighborhood lately? It is impossible for me not to notice since Morse Remodeling relies heavily on its clients wishing to make improvements to what is most likely their biggest asset, their homes.

Home sales are experiencing multiple offers over asking price, supporting growth in home values. Additionally, there is a very low supply of housing on the market for sale. Some clients of Morse have come to us after searching for a new home, only to find out that there is not a whole lot of inventory on the market that meets their needs. This is leading many homeowners to really look at their home, its location, and its potential for a remodel. As a result, these homeowners are beginning the process to improve their current home for the next 20 years, and customize it for their needs and lifestyle. My personal situation is proof. I have recently upgraded my home by adding a photovoltaic solar panels to my roof and painting my exterior.

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I have enjoyed assisting others in making their dreams for their remodeling ideas become a reality. There are thousands of homes in Davis and surrounding communities that experienced huge home developments 15-20 years ago. Many of these homes were cookie cutter model homes that were built with tract style products and finishes. These homes in the Sacramento Valley are in dire need of improvement and customization. It is amazing how these homes can transform from builder series to custom spaces that represent the homeowners taste and lifestyle needs.

If you are interested in learning more about the potential of your current home, please give us a call and we will coordinate a free consultation to review the possibilities. But don’t wait too long. Large scale projects can take up to 5 months to plan and acquire building permits. It is not uncommon for design build firms to engage with their clients for a 12 month period, from initial consultation, to enjoying their remodeled space. I hope to visit you home soon….Design, Build and Enjoy!


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“Happy” New Year!

January 8th, 2013

It is crazy to see the time slipping by so fast. It makes me realize how precious time really is, and how important it is to enjoy the time we have together.  As I grow older, and continue down my path, I tend to see things differently than I did as a younger man.  I have come to value happiness above all other pursuits.

What I find most important now is the friendships I have developed over the years with so many different people in my life. Family, friends, neighbors, employees, and client relationships all play an integral role as I develop my happiness and grow as a human being.  We may be different in many aspects, but we all share a simple desire to be happy.

The Morse Remodeling Team


For me, happiness is achieved by creating a balanced life of family, friends, work, health and hobbies. These five aspects of my life are very important to me. Sometimes one can take over the other four. However, a delicate balance of all five elements creates a truly happy feeling for me.  Family is definitely the most important aspect of my life. But, the others all play an integral role in allowing me to enjoy a balanced and active lifestyle.

Marty, Shelley, Kyle, and Cole Morse


Why am I writing about happiness? Well, the work part of me understands that happy customers and happy employees are the most important aspect of what Morse Remodeling does in our community.   Our motto says it all:  design, build, ENJOY.   As an employer, I know that happy employees are the first ingredient to creating a successful remodeling project. All of our team at Morse enjoys what we do, and the way we go about doing it. We have developed a comprehensive and streamlined approach to new home construction and remodeling. We are a dedicated group of individuals that specialize in our own unique job descriptions and take pride in our skills for each aspect of the construction project. From the initial design, to the final job walk, we have creatively engaged employees working diligently towards a successful project. The final result we are striving for is a happy customer.

Happy Threepeat Customers

This year, Morse remodeling will be celebrating 20 years of business in Davis and the surrounding areas. As the owner of Morse Remodeling, I am proud that we have made hundreds of happy customers over the last two decades.  Our team wishes to continue this pursuit of happy customers for the next 20 years. The way we do this is with integrity. There is no ‘smoke and mirrors’ with the way we operate. By building a trustworthy relationship with our customers, we are able to provide our professional services with integrity and passion.


So, if your pursuit of happiness entails a room addition or a renovated kitchen or bathroom in the near future, please consider our team at Morse Remodeling and Custom Homes. If you have already used our design and build services, and understand what we represent as a remodeling company, please pass along a trustworthy referral of Morse Remodeling to your friends and/or family. I value your business and referrals and wish you the best of luck with your own pursuit of happiness!

Happy 2013!

Marty Morse

Owner of Morse Remodeling and Custom Homes

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