Cedars Woodworking performs renovations and remodeling projects for homeowners in southcentral Pennsylvania, including projects for homes near Lancaster, York, Lebanon, Hershey, and Harrisburg. From dreaming and designing your perfect room, all the way through to construction and finishing, the remodeling experts at Cedars can give you a brand new living space that’s comfortable, useful, and fits your style and budget.
Types of Home Remodeling Projects
Over the years, we’ve worked on hundreds of home remodeling projects, helping homeowners update, modernize, and re-imagine every room of their home. We’ve done it all, including kitchens, baths, laundry rooms, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and entryways. Visit our gallery to see some of our past projects and see the dramatic before & after photos.
We can do cosmetic updates to your room, adding trim, wainscoting, or mantles to a room. As a home remodeling contractor, we can also perform a major room renovation, moving walls to create new space or convert an existing space into one that’s more usable. We finish basements, create master bathrooms, and add built-in storage and entertainment centers.
Create a unique, custom-designed living space that matches your style, tastes, and preferences
Our Process for Home Remodeling
At Cedars Woodworking, we focus on an open and collaborative process in every remodeling project. We want to make sure you get the room you’ve always wanted, and are completely satisfied every step of this journey.
While every project is unique, each one follows these same stages in our remodeling process:
1. Initial Meeting
The first step is an initial meeting with the staff of Cedars Woodworking. During this meeting – which we will have at your home – we will walk through your space, listen to your ideas, and discuss a few concepts and proposals. We will ask you to bring along any photos, sketches, or Houzz pins that have inspired you, so we can get a feel for your tastes and dreams for this new space. We will also talk about your budget, discussing broad terms based on typical projects like yours.
After the initial meeting, we enter into a design agreement. This just means that we both agree to work on a design together for your new space. This does not mean you are locked in to using Cedars as your contractor; instead, we are working together to design the project.
Our designers will take your ideas and wishes and combine them with our measurements to create a series of drawings and renderings. We’ll send you plans, get your feedback, and make revisions, until we get to a place where everyone is happy with the design.
As part of the design process, we rely on 3D renderings to show your new space in photo-realistic quality. We find that homeowners love this part of the design process, as it feels like this project becomes that much more real.
At this point you have a design, now you need someone to turn that design into studs, drywall, cabinetry, and trim. Our staff will work with you to tackle all the hundreds of choices left in the project – from paint colors to drawer knobs. Once that’s done, we will create a construction contract that includes your budget and a schedule that has tangible and measurable markers.
Then it is time for the hard work of the project: demolition, installation, and finishing your new room. During your project, we serve as general contractors, pulling all local permits, scheduling inspections, and making sure each job is done right. Our skilled woodworkers will also handle most of the work, including demolition, framing, creating and installing custom cabinetry and built-ins, and all the finishing and trim work.
We rely on a list of vetted, trusted subcontractors to do any work we can’t do in-house; we manage them and pay them, so you only have to work with us. If you have your own preferred plumber, electrician or another subcontractor that you’d like to work on this project, we would be happy to work with them, too.
We will help you design a kitchen that you will love.
Designing Your Dream Space
Designing and planning your home remodeling project is often a fun, rewarding experience, as you get to create a unique, one of a kind space that’s a perfect fit for you and your family. Our goal is to facilitate that dreaming, get it down on paper and computer screen, and then create that dream space in your home.
Before our first meeting, we will ask you to gather your must-haves, wishes, and dreams for your new space. Feel free to collect these thoughts in whatever medium works for you, including photos, magazine cutouts, sketches, and Pinterest boards. This is a chance for you to get as creative as you’d like; it’s common for a customer to say “I like the color in this photo and the trim in that one.”
We view the design process to be collaborative, with you sharing your wishes, dreams, and ideas and our designers showing past projects and suggestions. We’ll take notes on your tastes, styles, and preferences. We will also ask many detailed questions, trying to draw out more of your opinions and ideas. If you’d like, we can bring in an interior decorator to help flesh out the complete plans for the room. And if you are already working with a designer, we would be happy to collaborate with them in creating your new space.
Our staff has a gift for taking your thoughts and transforming them into a series of drawings and renderings. Of course there are always things to change and modify, so we plan for several revisions before the final 3D rendering, where you can see your new space in photo-realistic quality. If you are like many of our clients, the 3D rendering is when your project moves from being a dream to becoming a reality.
What to Look for in a Home Remodeling Contractor
Choosing the right home improvement contractor can be difficult, and finding the right partner is important. You will be working with them for months, and having them invade your home every day for weeks. By investing thousands of dollars into a project, you are trusting them to create a room that meets or exceeds your expectations.
Here are some things to look for in your home remodeling contractor:
- Can you communicate with them? Do they listen to your suggestion?
- Are they reliable? Do they make definitive statements about scheduling or pricing, and can you hold them to it?
- Are they a contractor you can work with?
Ultimately, you want a contractor that you are comfortable with, and that is a good fit for you and your project. Likewise, you want the contractor to feel like your project is a good fit for them, either in capabilities or type of project.
You can – and should – find out if you are a fit during the early stages of a project. If it’s not going to work out, that’s ok; find a contractor that gets your vision or communication style better.
At Cedars Woodworking, we operate with a pay-as-you-go model for our design/build projects. Instead of billing you for the whole project, we break up the project into design and construction phases. If at the end of the design phase, we mutually agree that this is not a good fit, we can part ways on good terms. Plus, any design work we’ve created is yours forever, so you can take it to another local home improvement contractor to finish the project.
Schedule an Initial Meeting for Your Home Renovation Project
With design, 3D rendering, and master craftsmen all under one roof, Cedars Woodworking is the experienced home remodeling contractor you want for your next renovation project. To schedule an initial meeting, call us today at 717-392-1736 or fill out our online form.