Frequently Asked Questions
Spectrum proudly serves the Washington, DC metro area. Our work can be seen in DC neighborhoods such as Chevy Chase, Palisades, Adams Morgan, Dupont, Logan/Shaw, Columbia Heights, Petworth and Capitol Hill, as well as in Montgomery County, MD like Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Potomac, and Silver Spring. Learn more about the areas we serve.
Spectrum handles a wide variety of custom home remodeling projects. Our design-build solutions range from kitchen and bathroom remodels, basement renovations and accessory dwellings, to large-scale additions and a variety of specialty projects such as millwork, stairs, gyms, and mudrooms. We also specialize in outdoor living projects to create your dream backyard oasis. Reach out to us to see if our team would be a good fit for your project.
Typically, we prefer a minimum of 3-6 months to discuss, design, formalize a project plan, and gain permits before we begin construction. We like to have time to get to know our clients needs and to make sure we properly vet all project requirements before starting so that there are no surprises when it comes to your home remodel. And, we are upfront about all costs. For a better idea as to when we can start your home remodeling project, fill out our contact form.
Our process is simple. Homeowners want their home remodeling project to go smoothly without any major issues and so do we. That’s why we make it a priority to be on the same page as you are from day one. During the initial site meeting, we’ll discuss your wish list and long term visions for your home. From there, we’ll move onto the feasibility phase to determine where your wishlist falls within your budget. During this process, we’ll make the necessary adjustments to make sure we can attain your needs with the most efficient solutions. We then go over the final design and project plan together before moving on to permits and construction. Check out our process page for a better understanding of what to expect throughout your project from start to finish.
Spectrum is a one-stop shop for your remodeling needs and is well versed in all Zoning, code, and regulatory requirements. Every project must be compliant under local laws, zoning restrictions, and regulations – and properly permitted before we start construction and remodeling. We’ll take care of these headaches and complexities so you don’t have to. All Spectrum projects requiring building permits are also properly inspected throughout the construction and then properly closed out with the governing body.
Yes. Spectrum Design Build is insured and fully licensed to work in Washington, DC and the State of Maryland. We are also recognized as an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm and carry a supplemental Washington, DC Lead Badge. Every Client is issued a Certificate of Insurance prior to the commencement of construction and we carry full insurance for liability, vehicles/trucks, and worker’s comp, as well as several supplemental environmental policies. Additionally, all trade and independent contractors are verified by Spectrum to be insured as well.
We do not bid on projects, especially one’s without proper architectural plans and scopes. We provide an assessment of all work prior to a project before we start. Our philosophy is to be transparent of expectations before we start construction so that you know the commitment involved with your project from day one.
There are a number of reasons for different estimates. Between three knowledgeable contractors, the prices shouldn’t vary drastically, but you should be sure that every estimate has the same scope of work and architectural plans. If the scope of the project is vague or inconclusive — meaning they don’t spell out what work is going to be done — go back to the contractor for clarification in writing. If you are unable to get adequate written clarification, it may be wise to eliminate that remodeling contractor from the process. Remember, a good remodeler will produce designs, comprehensive pricing and a summary of work prior to breaking ground. Another big factor for a wide range in pricing is the manner in which the company you are considering is being operated, in other words: insurance, compliance, employees, permits and inspections, and otherwise conducting business “by the books”.
Of course, that’s part of the fun! We will walk you through the finish materials needed for the project and provide you with detailed selection options based on your style and budgeting. Don’t fear if you don’t know the materials that you want or need. Part of the experience with Spectrum is the collaborative effort of working with you directly to find the right materials for the look and feel you’re going for.
A number of varying factors go into the cost of a home project such as materials, size of project and the amount of time a project will take. In order to provide a complete assessment, contact our team today and we’ll set up an initial consultation for your home remodeling needs. Our concept planning and feasibility phase programs are set up to build out the costs of your prospective remodeling project, and this phase occurs without a commitment to construction.
Great question! In general, a home renovation is an excellent way to add value and we can share our expert opinion on the potential added value to your home of the project before we begin construction. Part of our feasibility process is to itemize project costs in terms of core work and optional work to achieve the best possible return on your investment.
You should never be faulted for asking questions. We encourage questions, no matter how many, since it helps us build out the scope of the project and can address any of your needs prior to starting construction.
We utilize both full-time Spectrum employees as well as subcontractors for specific needs. We have a team of in-house carpenters, but we also utilize subcontractors for plumbing, electrical, HVAC, concrete, and structural integrity needs.