Frequently Asked Questions

We are proud recipients of the NARI of Central Ohio Regional CotY Award for an entire home remodel.

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about our services, service programs and other general topics. If you do not find what you are looking for on this page FAQ, please feel free to contact us directly.

Remodeling contractor

General Question

Hiring a NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) contractor can provide several benefits when undertaking a remodeling project. Members of NARI have demonstrated a commitment to professionalism, ethical business practices, and continuing education in the industry.

By hiring a NARI contractor, you can have confidence that the contractor has been vetted and has a proven track record of quality work and customer service. NARI contractors also have access to resources and support through the organization, including the latest industry trends and best practices, which can help ensure that your project is completed to the highest standards. Additionally, NARI contractors are required to adhere to a strict code of ethics and can be held accountable if they fail to meet those standards.

Steller Construction wins the NARI contractor of the Year for 2022.

The best materials for a remodeling project will depend on the specific project and personal preferences. Some popular options include hardwood flooring, granite or quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and porcelain or ceramic tile.

The length of a remodeling project will depend on the scope of the project, the size of the space, and the availability of materials and contractors. It’s important to have a realistic timeline in mind before beginning a project and to work with professionals to ensure that the timeline is achievable.

DIY remodeling can save money in some cases, but it’s important to have the necessary skills, tools, and knowledge to complete the project safely and effectively. It’s also important to consider the potential costs of mistakes or rework. In some cases, it may be more cost-effective to work with a professional contractor.

Remember as well that in cases like plumbing and electrical work, your home or business may be at risk of a major incident doing the project yourself. A fire or a flood can be dangerous and life threatening. Most reputatble contracts will get the neccessary permits and inspections as well to assure your safety.

Finding a reliable remodeling contractor can be challenging, but it’s important to do research and ask for references before choosing them. Look for contractors who are licensed, insured, and have a proven track record of completing projects similar to yours. You can also look for positive reviews and ratings on Google, HomeAdvisor, Yelp and other sites. It’s also important to establish clear communication and expectations before beginning a project.

Permit requirements vary by location and the scope of the project. Generally, any project that involves electrical, plumbing, or structural changes will require permits. It’s important to check with local authorities to determine what permits are required before beginning a remodeling project. Most reputatble contractors will include permits and inspections in their quote.

To start the remodeling process, you should first establish the scope of the project and set a budget based on your goals and financial constraints. This may involve working with a contractor or designer to assess the property and develop a plan for the renovation. It’s also important to obtain any necessary permits and clearances from local authorities before beginning the work.

Once the planning is complete, the actual work can begin, typically starting with any necessary demolition or preparation work. Throughout the process, it’s important to communicate regularly with the contractor or designer and to stay on top of the project timeline and budget to ensure that the renovation stays on track.

The cost of remodeling can vary widely depending on the scope of the project, the materials used, and the location. A typical range of $15k to $42k depending on the project. The cost of larger, more complex projects such as a full home renovation or addition can be significantly higher.

To calculate renovation costs, it’s important to establish a clear scope of work for the project, determine the cost of materials and labor, and factor in any unexpected costs or contingencies. It’s also important to consider the specific goals of the project and any potential return on investment. Working with a contractor or designer can help ensure that all costs are accounted for and that the project stays within budget.

Some of the most expensive items can include major structural changes such as foundation repairs, adding or moving walls, or significant electrical or plumbing upgrades. Additionally, high-end finishes and appliances, such as custom cabinetry, luxury flooring, or professional-grade kitchen appliances can also add significantly to the cost of a renovation project.

Whether it is cheaper to remodel or build a new house depends on various factors, including the condition of the existing house, the scope of the project, and the cost of materials and labor in the area.

In general, remodeling an existing house can be less expensive than building a new one from scratch because some of the existing infrastructure and framing can be reused, reducing overall costs. However, if the existing house requires extensive repairs or modifications, the cost of a remodel can be similar to or even exceed the cost of building a new house. It’s important to consult with a contractor or designer to evaluate the options and determine which approach is best for the specific project.

The amount you should spend on remodeling your home can vary widely depending on the scope of the project, the materials used, and the location. In general, it’s recommended that you spend no more than 10-15% of your home’s value on a remodeling project to avoid over-improving the property for the neighborhood. However, it’s important to establish a realistic budget based on the specific goals of the project and work with a contractor or designer to ensure that the project stays within that budget. Additionally, it’s important to consider the potential return on investment for the renovation and whether it will add value to the property in the long term.

There are several ways to reduce the cost of a remodeling project without sacrificing quality or the desired outcome. Here are some tips:

i. Establish a realistic budget based on your financial situation and the scope of the project.
ii. Consider less expensive materials or products that provide similar benefits or aesthetics.
iii. Keep the existing layout of the house if possible to avoid costly structural changes.
iv. Avoid moving plumbing and electrical fixtures if possible, as this can be expensive.
v. Consider a phased approach, tackling one area of the house at a time to spread out costs.
vi. Shop around for contractors and negotiate prices and timelines.
vii. Look for discounts or sales on materials, appliances, and fixtures.
viii. Avoid changes to the project once it has begun, as this can add significant costs.
ix. DIY where possible, such as painting or minor demo work, to save on labor costs.
x. Keep an eye out for tax credits or rebates for energy-efficient upgrades or sustainable materials.

Whether it’s worth investing in a remodeling project depends on several factors, including the current state of the property, the goals of the project, and the local real estate market. In general, a well-executed remodeling project can add value to the property and improve the quality of life for the homeowner. However, it’s important to carefully consider the potential return on investment for the project and to ensure that the cost of the renovation doesn’t exceed the value it adds to the property. Additionally, it’s important to hire a reputable contractor and to obtain any necessary permits and clearances to avoid costly mistakes or issues down the line.

Home Remodeling

Some common types of home remodeling projects include kitchen and bathroom renovations, basement finishing, room additions, and whole-house remodels.

While some small home remodeling projects can be completed as DIY projects, larger and more complex projects are best left to professional contractors. A qualified contractor can ensure that the work is done correctly and safely and can help you avoid costly mistakes.

Before starting a home remodeling project, it’s important to set a budget, decide on a design and layout, and hire a reputable contractor. It’s also important to plan for any necessary permits and to communicate clearly with your contractor about your expectations and timeline.

To keep your home remodeling project within budget, it’s important to be realistic about your expectations and to avoid making major changes once work has begun. It’s also important to choose materials and finishes that are within your budget and to work with a contractor who can help you make cost-saving decisions.

Kitchen Remodeling

The duration of a kitchen remodeling project can vary depending on the scope of the project. A small kitchen remodeling project may take a few weeks, while a larger project can take several months.

Yes, remodeling a kitchen can add value to a home. A well-designed and updated kitchen can make a home more attractive to potential buyers and increase its resale value. However, the exact amount of added value will depend on factors such as the quality of the renovation, the materials used, and the local real estate market.

The cost of a kitchen remodeling project depends on several factors, including the size of the kitchen, the materials used, and the extent of the work. On average, a moderate kitchen remodeling project can cost between $ 10k and $ 60k..

It may be possible to use some parts of your kitchen during a remodeling project, but it depends on the extent of the work being done. Your contractor can provide you with specific guidance on what areas of the kitchen will be available for use during the project.

A kitchen remodel and a kitchen renovation both involve updating or improving a kitchen, but they differ in the extent of the changes made. A kitchen remodel typically involves more extensive changes, such as a full redesign, new layout, or major structural work. A kitchen renovation, on the other hand, typically involves less extensive changes, such as updating fixtures, finishes, and appliances, without major structural work or layout changes.

Bathroom Remodeling

Some popular bathroom remodeling trends include adding a large, luxurious shower, incorporating high-end finishes like marble or quartz, and installing smart home technology like heated floors or voice-activated lighting.

Yes, you can remodel a small bathroom on a budget. Some ways to keep costs down include choosing affordable materials like ceramic tile, refinishing rather than replacing fixtures, and keeping the layout the same to avoid costly plumbing changes.

There are many ways to make your bathroom more eco-friendly during a remodel, such as installing low-flow toilets and showerheads, choosing water-saving faucets, and using sustainable materials like bamboo flooring.

Remodeling your bathroom can improve its functionality, aesthetics, and overall value. It can make your daily routine more convenient and enjoyable, and can also increase your home’s resale value. Additionally, a bathroom remodel can address any safety or accessibility issues, such as installing grab bars or a walk-in shower, making it a practical choice for aging-in-place or multi-generational households.

A bathroom renovation typically involves updating or replacing existing fixtures, such as the sink, toilet, and shower or bathtub, without changing the layout of the room. A bathroom remodel, on the other hand, involves a complete overhaul of the space, including any necessary changes to the layout or structure of the room, in addition to updating or replacing fixtures. A bathroom remodel is usually a more involved and expensive project than a renovation.


Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Radon can be found both in water and in the air. When radon is present at high levels, it can lead to serious health issues, such as lung cancer.

Radon can get into your home in a variety of different ways. It can seep in from the soil under your property. It can also pass through any cracks in your foundations and walls as well as through drains, pipes and sump pumps. If you get your water supply from a well, it may also be filled with radon.

If your home is in an area with low radon levels, you are not necessarily safe. Even if your home is classified as “low risk,” it is still possible to have high radon levels. Around 15% of homes in the U.S. have higher radon levels than the EPA’s tolerable level.

Because radon is a gas, it can pass through small cracks and openings that you might not be able to see with the naked eye. Radon can get into both finished and unfinished basements and old homes as well as new ones. It is impossible to tell if you have high levels of radon unless you do a formal radon test.

While some new homes are equipped with a Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC), you still may not be safe from radon exposure. Without a formal radon test, it is impossible to know if you are at risk from radon or not. Radon Resistant New Construction means that your home is made with radon system pipes, but not the radon system fan. This means your space is ready for a radon system but is not radon resistant.

Since radon is odorless, tasteless, and colorless, it is both hard to detect in your environment and difficult to tell if it is harming your health. There are no outright symptoms of radon poisoning. Radon can cause lung cancer, which is often asymptomatic until it has progressed into its late stages.

As with many medical conditions, it can be hard to determine an exact cause of lung cancer. The statistics, however, show that there is a compelling relationship between the number of non-smokers developing lung cancer who have a high presence of radon in their homes. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 15,000-22,000 deaths from lung cancers are associated with radon every year.

When it comes to radon testing, you can test yourself or hire a professional. The do-it-yourself option takes about 48 hours and is far less accurate than a test administered by a professional. A trained professional will be able to give you a more accurate idea of the amount of radon present in your home and can help better interpret the results of your test.

This question is tricky because there is technically no amount of radon exposure that is considered to be safe. Currently, the EPA recommends that you take action if your level is above 4.0 pCi/L.

There are many different factors that can influence the radon levels in your home. Radon levels are highest during the hot seasons and in the lowest points of your home. The levels can also fluctuate based on weather patterns and test interference. Trusting a professional to conduct your radon test is the best and most accurate way to see the level of radon in your home.

If your radon levels are high, it is important to call us right away. The sooner we can limit the amount of radon that you and your family are being exposed to, the safer you will be.

It is important to be very careful when it comes to radon because it is a radioactive gas. We recommend consulting with professionals before you try to take care of the problem on your own.



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