Firstly, communication is key. At Wesgrove we believe in asking several questions, listening to our client’s dreams and goals, and reviewing our plan in detail with them prior to beginning any working relationship or contract.

Secondly, learn about the differences between “fixed cost” and “cost plus” contracts and discuss it upfront. Many contractors will sign clients on a base “fixed cost” contract without in depth investigation into possible additional costs, additional hours that may arise, or with a lack of communication in the agreed upon work. All of these variables can add additional costs that would be added throughout the project, skyrocketing your budget. At Wesgrove, we sign the majority of our projects on a true, fixed cost basis. To learn in detail about our process, click here.

So, what does “fixed cost” at Wesgrove really mean? The price agreed upon and signed off on prior to beginning any work is the price you will pay at the end of your project. We provide a payment schedule outlining each payment throughout the duration of your project. The only factor that would adjust your price would be through a change order. This is discussed and signed off on by the client prior to the change order work commencing. This covers costs for additional work added by the client.

Where a “fixed cost” approach is not possible, projects would be signed in a “cost plus” contract. This is for projects where there are many unforeseeable conditions and variables outside of our control. We discuss all your options with you prior to signing. We strive to remain within our client’s budget and schedule through being highly detail orientated, doing our research prior to work commencing, and communicating thoroughly every step of the way.

Lastly, ensure your contractor is licensed, insured, and reputable. Word of mouth is everything in our industry and community. Renovating or building your home will likely be one of the greatest decisions you will make as it can be quite costly and time consuming. Trusting your contractor with your time and budget is something not to take lightly. At Wesgrove, the majority of our clients have come to us through word of mouth and referrals, which is the greatest compliment. You can read all of our previous reviews on Google and Houzz. 

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Kitchen Renovations

The kitchen is the heart of the home and often where you will spend the majority of your time. Whether it be a space solely for cooking, or a place to entertain and gather, it will surely be a space worth directing your budget and focus to.

Our kitchen renovations follow much of the same process as our bathroom renovations. Beginning with “Supplier Trips” and making selections, followed by an in-depth breakdown of your choices, budget, and schedule. On site meetings with our trades, such as plumbing contractor, electrician, cabinet maker, and designer may also be arranged at this stage.

Should you choose to work with a designer, this would be the only additional step prior to making selections. We work closely with a few local designers, or will work with your pre-existing designer, to offer our professional opinion on the design, selections, and what is and is not possible. Occasionally, a design will be presented which may meet potential roadblocks with permitting, structural issues, or the client’s budget. We raise these concerns and work with all parties to create a solution. If you would prefer to forgo a designer, we are happy to work with you to create a space that suits your goals and vision. Our suppliers are also happy to review many options in store with you that will match your budget and design ideas. Whichever route you decide to go, we are there every step of the way.


For inspiration for your next big project, check out our portfolio here.

"We are so glad we had Wesgrove do our complete kitchen and bathroom renovation project and we are delighted with the result. This is a well organized, hard working team that we are happy to recommend. Ours was a 5 star experience.
Not only is the standard of their work high, they excel at keeping the client informed. Before beginning the project we knew exactly what to expect in terms of cost, materials and time."

- L & W
  Ladner, BC

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