How We Can Work Together

So What Describes You?

Most of our clients fit into one of three scenarios.

 

Scenario 1

Something about your house just isn’t working. You want to make some changes, but you don’t know exactly what you need, where the changes are needed, when the work could happen, and who will do the work.

Scenario 2

You know what you want to do, and have already hired an architect or other design professional.

Scenario 3

You know what you want to accomplish, and you know you’d like to have us accomplish it for you, but you have not hired an architect or designer, yet.

Scenario 1

We’re happy to meet with you and discuss your needs!

After an initial phone call, to discuss things, and determine whether we’re a good fit, we’ll set up a time to meet with you, and start talking about things in more detail.

On our initial visit, the more information you can give us, the better! Pinterest, Houzz, magazine articles…anything you have that can help describe to us what you’re hoping to accomplish. Pictures are worth more than a thousand words, here. While you’re thinking about all these things, give thought to what you’re prepared to invest in order to achieve them. Budgets and dreams don’t always match, and we will want to have a frank and open discussion about your budget.

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After our initial meeting, and after going over things for a little bit, back in the office, we’ll be able to share with you our best estimate of where your budget would need to be, in order to accomplish everything you’d like to do.

If, after this, you feel ready to go further with us, we’ll happily provide references, along with options for how we can work together.

Scenario 2

We prefer to be involved in the process at the earliest stage possible. This allows us to pair our knowledge of construction and cost with your architect or designer’s expertise in design, to ensure that the design intent can be realized in the most aesthetically pleasing and cost-efficient manner. Working as a team is our chief goal, and our experience has shown us that projects developed this way generally have the happiest outcomes.

We will meet with you and your architect or designer, go over the scope of work and budget and, as with the first scenario, will be able to provide you with a budget range for your project. If you’d like to proceed with us, we will provide a planning agreement, which allows us to further develop pricing, by bringing in our team of subcontractors who, along with us, will take a much more detailed look at the work to be done. Our fee for this generally averages about 1% of eventual construction costs, when our planning work results in a firm proposal to build the project, and less, if our involvement ends prior to that.

Quantifying the myriad details of a typical remodeling project takes time and skill, and we believe investing in both is money well spent, as it ensures that the project can be constructed within your budget, and lets you know, early on, if it cannot.

Scenario 3

Many times, our clients know what they would like to do, and know that they’d like to work with us, but haven’t yet hired a design professional.

If the project is not very involved, we may do the design work ourselves, but more typically we will refer you to one or two architects or designers with whom we’ve worked successfully for years. As with the other scenarios, we will generally be able to give you a budget range for the work, before going any further.

After contracting with the architect or designer, we would sign a planning agreement with you, and set up our initial meeting with the three of us, to discuss project goals, budgets, and take measurements and photographs of the spaces.

Known as “design development” the next step is for the architect or designer to prepare some basic sketches of a few design options, which we can then apply pricing to. Assuming all is still a green light, the final step in the process is to complete the design and prepare a fixed price proposal to construct the project.

Costs for this will vary, but final design and planning costs typically amount to 10-12% of eventual construction costs. As with Scenario 2, we believe this is money well spent, as your budget is being minded every step of the way, by both the architect and designer and by us. There is, then, little chance that you will become the proud owners of drawings for a project that will never be built.

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