Construction For Thought From the Owner

What is it about your home that CCI can help you with:

  • Is it to improve the appearance and general maintenance?  I have been working on, repairing and restoring homes in the Arlington area for over 25 years.  Whether it's to replace a small piece of rotten trim, replacing that old drafty window in the basement or giving the exterior a complete makeover CCI can help!
  • Is it to create a new home office/workspace or workout room?  With many homeowners now working remotely from their homes and never having enough time to hit the gym.  CCI will help transform that basement or attic into the home office,  workout room or living space that you desire.
  • Is it to help transform the current space to meet the needs of your growing family?  As a father of four girls living in a 1920s home I understand the need to make a space that will function well for todays growing families.  You and/or  your family's need and lifestyle is what we take into account when designing spaces for clients.  What works for one does not always work for the other.  I have been working with clients for years to transform that house, in the neighborhood they love into the beautiful home that fits their needs!
  • Is it to construct an addition or second level to an existing home?  Over the years I have seen many Arlington neighborhoods with smaller capes and ranches transform into the newly expanded neighborhoods we have today.  Many of those homes that satisfied the needs of a family in the 50s and 60s just wont work with todays growing families.   With home prices in Arlington at all time high, quite often the best option for homeowners is to stay and modify their home by renovating rather than selling and moving on.  Your home is your biggest investment and we will work with you to get the home you want and need but also help to protect that investment through smart design choices and making sure the cost versus value makes sense for you long term.

With so many choices , styles and their associated cost out there, remodeling can at times,feel quite overwhelming.  Here are a few things to think about prior to starting the process:

  • Are you working with a specific budget? It is all about budget no matter the size of the project.  Knowing what your maximum budget will be is the first place to start.  Consider the cost versus the value you will adding to your home.  If you are considering a major investment a god idea might be to contact a local realtor to help you get a realistic idea of your homes value now and if you indeed completed the work. 

  • Your budgets set and the investment looks good so now what?  I recommend taking 7-10% of that budget and start from there.  There are always things that come up in construction that often are not thought about.  It could be during design phase when you want just a little more space or during the building stage when you want the nicer cabinets and tile or even post construction when you need to by stools for the island, window treatments for the windows or a couch for the new family room.  Having that little cushion will save you a lot of stress and anxiety throughout the project
  • Where to I start looking for ideas?  Take a look at magazines, friend’s homes and visit local home stores.  Get an idea of how you would like your project to be visualized.  Visit websites like which place to look and see what styles jump at out at you. 
  • What next?  Give us a call to set up a in home consulatation and free estimate.  I appreciate every opportunity I get to meet with perspective clients and talk through there ideas and construction needs

The CCI process:

  • What happens after I agree to go with CCI?  Once a client decides to go with my team we will begin to organize and schedule the job.  Depending on the size of the job and the pre planning that will need to go into the project It is good to expect a 2-6 month process.  If plot plans, plans and variances are needed I would most certainly be closer to six months but for smaller renovation projects it will depend on the current schedule.

  • Who will I be dealing with throughout my project?  As much as I would love to be on job sites every day it is just not possible.  I am however always available for my clients day or night.  I believe in the systems we have here at CCI and I have nothing but absolute confidence in Eric Band my production manager and Jenn Bombino who will help facilitate the job in a professional manor.  Although I may not visit a job site daily I am constantly updated as to the progress and or issues that might arise.  The management team I am lucky enough to have will work with you throughout the project to assure you are getting a high quality, one hundred percent finished product.
  • How many jobs do you do at once?  Well, this really depends on the time of year and the size of the projects that are ongoing.  The way this industry is, I could not possibly do one project at a time.  Because of the process itself, the different trades rotating through each project, inspections and other unforeseen delays we must manage several jobs at once.  We do our best to update our clients on a weekly basis as to what the schedule will be moving forward through weekly email updates.  Whether it be a snow storm, material being delayed or an inspector on a vacation, we will work through it, alter the plan and continue to move forward.  Things will happen during construction as it is certainly not a science.  So please keep in mind it is not a question whether or not something will go wrong because it will but it show you deal with those things when they do.  My team is focused on not talking about problems but identifying the problem and finding a solution. 
  • How long will by job take?  Obviously this depends on the size of the job but everuything takes time and it certainly takes longer than the HGTV shows.  Bathrooms can take 6-8 weeks on average while a basic kitchen remodel can take 10-12 weeks.  If you get into larger projects such as additions and whole house renovation the length can certainly increase to six month and beyond.
  • Once you start do you stick with it?  YES!  Once a project is started we will do our best keep it moving at a good pace without sacrificing quality by rushing a project.  I understand that remodeling is invasive, disruptive and quite an inconvenience to you and your family and you want it done ASAP.  With that said we will not "rush it".   I  want to ensure the job gets done right and in the end you will be 100% satisfied with the product we give.  If that means extending the project a week or two to redo something that just wasn't right or waiting an extra thee or four weeks for that tile your really need to have.  In the end its about getting it right and that is what we strive to do.  We treat every job and client the same no matter the size of the project and every ongoing project is discussed daily at out production meeting. 
  • Do you take credit cards?  No sorry we do not
  • What hours to you work?  Typically we work from 7am -5 pm Monday through Friday
  • How do you break up your payments?  A payment schedule will be issued prior to the poroject being started.  Typically it is broken into three to five payments

Any other questions?  Please feel free to contact me at