After I spent the day with Tracey and Jason and learned of their home renovation woes, I started thinking about that dreaded four letter word (that's actually eleven letters) - contractors. The February 2010 issue of Dwell Magazine has a feature called Contractors 101 that discusses the language of contractors, an overview of their process, and dos and don'ts when working with them.
If you are planning a remodel, are you familiar with these terms: change order? punch list? certificate of occupancy? If not, be sure to pick up the current issue of Dwell, as the article is not yet available online. It is a great introduction (emphasis on introduction) to the world of contractors and remodels (plus all of the artwork is by the wonderful Spanish illustrator Blanca Gómez).
In the meantime, here's a roundup of some recent posts dealing with the same topic:
• How to Keep Your Renovation Project on Track
• Good Questions: In What Order Should I Renovate My Bathroom?
• Good Questions: What Do You Do When The Work is Bad?