850 Building Group

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Remodeling and building a home can be a stressful and an expensive process. We understand questions pop up all the time. Here are the answers to some of the most asked questions.

We keep all our work very close to home, working these local areas: all of South Walton, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A area, Dune Allen, Blue Mountain Beach, Gulf Place, Grayton Beach, WaterColor, Seaside, Seagrove Beach, Rosemary Beach, Seacrest, Inlet Beach.

Almost anything but generally medium to large jobs. The more difficult the project the better we like it. Here’s a short list of some of the projects we’ve done over the last 10 years:

  1. Kitchen remodel/relocation
  2. Bathroom remodel
  3. Window/Door Replacement
  4. Siding Replacement
  5. New Decking
  6. New Wiring
  7. New Waterproofing
  8. Repair Structural Damage
  9. Repair Major Water Damage
  10. Repair/Replae Stucco
  11. New Flooring
  12. Full Gut Remodels
  13. Paint Interior/Exterior

While each project is unique, and varies in price, we’ve put together this pricing guide that will give you an idea of what to expect on different kitchen and bathroom remodels here in the Santa Rosa Beach, FL area. Remodel projects that are simple, straight forward and predictable are generally contracted on a fixed price basis. But plenty of our remodels involve major complicated repairs, many unknown issues, hidden damage or custom work, so we often contract those on a cost/plus basis. Sometimes we even combine the two pricing methods. We can customize the pricing to fit the client and project.

Typically, yes. But we will always take care of the permit. If the work is considered minor and no structural or major mechanical work is needed, then no permit is needed.

  • If you don’t, you could be exposed to major risk that your homeowners policy probably will not cover. In FL, every licensed contractor is required to maintain a minimal GL policy in order to pull a building permit, BUT no workers comp or exemption is required for a permit in Walton County, HOWEVER, the State of FL Div of Workers Comp DOES require every worker on a construction site have either (1) an active workers comp policy that covers all workers for that business OR (2) an exemption for workers comp issued by the Div (but this can only cover the owner(s) of that company – max of three).
  • You should make very sure your licensed general contractor has adequate General Liability insurance. They can easily have their insurance company email you a GL Insurance Certificate with you the owner as the Certificate Holder – it looks like this GL Insurance Certificate. This way if any damage occurs to your home or a neighbors property during construction, you’re covered.
  • Also, in FL all workers on construction job sites are required to be covered under a Workers Comp Policy OR be Exempt as a business owner – here is what an exemption looks like. The FL Div of Workers Comp link is here.

In remodeling we definitely EXPECT changes. Seldom is everything laid out perfectly in advance. Surprises can be around every corner. They can also be costly, disruptive and time consuming. We plan as much as possible but we adjust as we go as needed. We keep our clients informed of any issues outside the expected scope of work, and we work together to find a good solution that gets the job done right.


Although remodeling can often be very dusty and dirty, we do take many precautions to minimize the mess. We install plastic curtain walls to section off work areas – we cover furniture, lights, cabinets, floors as needed to keep dust away and we turn off the AC or add filters to reduce dust as much as possible. We can also budget to completely deep clean the home in all affected areas to hand off a clean home back to you.

You can have a great design for a new home or remodel, but if your budget doesn’t support it, you may have to substantially modify or start over and will waste lots of time and money. By starting with a realistic budget, you can design in a way to meet both your needs and your budget. We have many years of experience and by being candid about your budget we can come up with value driven budget ideas together. It’s very normal not to know what a realistic budget should be for your project, so let’s talk and we can help you get a better idea what your ideas may cost. Check out our own cost estimates for some general project costs.

It depends on what work we are doing on your home, but it is highly recommended that you NOT be in the home during most remodels. Most all remodel work can be quite disruptive, noisy, dusty, messy. Multiple workers, parking, deliveries, storing materials can present a difficult situation for an owner staying on site. However, if you have no other option but to stay in the home during remodeling, we may be able to accommodate you if the work is very isolated to one area or is outside. Almost all of our clients live out-of-town and only visit a few times during construction, but you would find that our team of professional tradesmen are very courteous and respectful of you and your home and would provide for you as much as possible. Let’s discuss your specific situation prior to scheduling your project and go from there.

I’ve been building and remodeling for almost 30 years, and I’ve heard many of those stories too. In fact, we’ve worked with many clients who called us to complete a “job gone bad.” We have NEVER left a project unfinished, or had any significant delays. The vast majority of our jobs are finished faster than most clients expected. We take great care in planning ahead and lining up our workers well in advance. While we do have many great subs and vendors we rely on, our construction market currently is very busy and some delays are common, but we plan for much of that anyway. My foremost personal (and business) principle is: “Do What You Say.” We take that very seriously and make every effort possible to live by that everyday.If we decide to work together, we will do absolutely everything possible to keep your project moving as quickly as possible and ensuring it is to your satisfaction throughout the process. Many of these stories stem from contractors starting too many projects at one time or charging too little up front to get the business, which in turn doesn’t match the scope of work. Our vast experience building and remodeling has reinforced many lessons along the way including not taking on more than we can handle, pricing jobs appropriately on the front end and leaving ourselves many options with subs and vendors.

Yes, No, Maybe ….. This can be a tricky question, but we always advise our clients to set aside additional funds beyond the anticipated cost. Unknown issues almost always tend to come up — after demo surprises usually surface — including structural problems, outdated wiring, moisture intrusion and rotting wood — these plus your own changes can result in additional costs beyond those expected initially. We do try to predict as many of the likely hidden expenses as possible. However, serious issues can arise beyond our control that need considerable attention. No matter what may happen, we will always consult with our client, review all options and do everything we can to “make it right”.

As a general rule, it is better for us to purchase all the materials, so that we can maintain control of the process, the vendor and the warranty on the product. Client purchased products will not include a warranty for install labor. Occasionally it may make sense for a client to purchase a few items for convenience or speed.

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