• Maria Luisa Castellanos

4 Stages of a Successful Remodel in Coral Gables: Do you want to give your house a new look?


Maybe remodeling is what you need to give your home a transformation. This can be an uncomfortable and stressful process, but with the right organization you can carry it out. In Coral Gables, this can be particularly taxing, especially if the project entails any structural work. The structural reviewers in Coral Gables are known to ask for a great deal of information. This is not a problem as long as you use the right Coral Gables architect and a structural engineer who is familiar with the process.


These are the 4 stages you must follow to have a successful remodeling:

1. Preliminaries and feasibility of the project: What do you want to do? Will this create a more functional home? Can you remodel it the way you are thinking? Do you have the right budget for what you want to do? Will you be remodeling the outside of the house, say changing the facade? For this, you must submit your plans to the Board of Architects for review. This may take additional time and/or money. For larger projects, the board requires that a sign be posted on the property letting your neighbors know that you will be remodeling your exterior. This allows them to comment if they have an issue with what you are planning.

2. Planning and designing: After knowing what is going to be remodeled, you must hire an architect who will help you plan how it will be done. In turn, the architect will hire engineers who will work with the architect on some of the technical aspects, such as electrical, structural, plumbing, and air-conditioning. In the end, you will have plans that will be presented first to the City of Coral Gables Board of Architects and later to the building department for review and comment. Once the Building Department is done with its review, it will issue a permit to the contractor of your choice that is registered with the city.

3. Hiring a good contractor: Look for a contractor that will offer you good quality at a good price and is licensed. Don't hire an unlicensed contractor. Try to find a contractor who is familiar with the rules of the City of Coral Gables and is familiar with their inspection process. Get recommendations and look at his/her work on other projects. You can read about hiring a contractor here: https://www.unitedarchitectsinc.com/hiring-a-contractor

4. Execution of the work. When all of the above is ready, you can begin to execute the remodeling.


Remodeling is not something that can be done every day, so when you decide to do it, you should make the most of it, to avoid other changes in the near future. If you want to speak to us about your home remodeling, call us at 305-439-7898. We are Miami architects conveniently located in Coral Gables, ready to help you with your remodeling or addition.


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