What is the step-by-step process of doing a major renovation in Arlington, VA?

If you are planning a major renovation or addition to a home in Arlington, VA* you will likely need to navigate Arlington County’s permitting requirements. This may be a daunting task, and therefore it is smart to partner with an experienced builder like Suburban Builders. We work with a small portfolio of high-end clients, ensuring that you receive the attention you deserve and that all necessary paperwork is filed in a timely manner.

While every project will have its own details and timeline, Suburban Builders has experience with all aspects of the process – including planning, permitting, inspection, occupation, and maintenance.

In terms of planning, we will determine your zone and the specific regulations that apply to your situation. We are familiar with the Zoning Ordinances: the types of projects that each zone allows. Most projects will require one or a series of permits and inspections; some may require a public hearing. We will determine which documents are required.

Most construction and large-scale renovation projects also require similar permitting. All new projects must follow the 2012 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. Suburban Builders knows this code inside and out. We prepare your building estimates with permitting fees incorporated into the cost. We eliminate any surprise fees, since you are prepared up-front.

Suburban Builders will gather all of the required materials necessary for the residential permit process and will submit the plans for review on your behalf. We also manage the process to ensure construction moves along as smoothly as possible within the county’s permitting system. Residential express reviews can usually be done in two days. Residential route-through reviews require more time, usually 1-2 weeks. Once approval is received, a residential permit is issued and construction can begin.
Depending on the project, there may be several points in the building process that require inspections, such as electrical or plumbing. We will navigate those requirements making sure specific milestones are met.

As mentioned, there may be several points in the building process that require inspections. We will navigate those requirements making sure inspections are scheduled and completed on time. A list of all required inspections can be found here. At this point in the process, your project may be completed, and you will receive a Certificate of Occupancy.

As with any home or large-scale renovation, maintenance is key. According to the county’s website, property inspectors, both proactively and in response to your input, look for these issues:

  • General exterior: broken windows, peeling paint, defective gutters
  • General interior: peeling paint, defective handrails (stair elements)
  • Light, ventilation and occupancy limitations: defective windows, defective exhaust fans
  • Plumbing facilities and fixture requirements: supply and volume of water, adequacy of fixtures
  • Mechanical and electrical requirements: defective electrical system/defective heating, defective receptacle(s)
  • Fire safety requirements: defective/missing smoke detectors; egress

When you move in after the renovation, this is not the end of the process for Suburban Builders. We provide a comprehensive warranty on the home and stand behind it – even after the warranty is completed. Our reputation depends on your total and complete satisfaction – many years into the future.

When you’re ready for a large-scale renovation, please give us a call. We will help you transform your existing space to create a new luxurious environment.