Our process always begins with a free initial consultation. We prefer to meet you at the project location. This allows us to see first-hand the full extent of the work, and any unique opportunities to be captured. The initial meeting lasts between 1 and 2 hours. We will discuss your goals, construction budget, timeline, level of finish, and preferred style.
We understand that your house may be your single largest asset, but it is much more than just a financial investment – it is the place you call Home. We realize that the effort you put in to improve the functionality and comfort of your home should not come at the heavy price of stress and cost overruns. That is why we try to keep the design process as simple and straightforward as possible.
We prepare a formal written proposal customized to your specific project. Our proposal will include a detailed project description listing the owner’s goals and requirements, included services, project schedule and fixed fee. We keep our fee structure transparent, and clearly list all anticipated services required, including outside consultants.
Based on the goals we have identified, we will prepare up to various unique design options for your review at each design meeting. Design meetings take place at your convenience – at your home, at our office, over the phone, or over virtual video conference. Each design meeting typically lasts between 1 and 2 hours. The number of design meetings needed is directly related to the size and complexity of your project. A small addition project may take only 1 to 2 meetings whereas new custom homes will take between 6 to 10 meetings. We schedule meetings in advance to occur on a weekly basis. This helps to ensure that your project keeps moving forward. Progress may seem slow at first, but once a good design begins to take shape, the project will come together quickly. The final design may Include floor plans, elevations and 3D renderings.
04 CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS
Construction documents are the drawings that your builder will need to construct your project and that are required to secure a building permit. There are no regular meetings during the construction documents phase. As soon as your design is set, we put your project in the pipeline, and as soon as we get to your project, we will work on it until it is complete and ready for permit. Small additions may take 1 week whereas new custom homes will take up to 3 weeks. Once ready, we prepare all the permit applications, print all necessary drawings, and submit them for permit. If any permit corrections are required, we address them promptly and resubmit drawings as necessary.
05 CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION
The most elegant designs can be for nothing if the design intent is not captured during the construction. Construction Administration includes regular site construction visits to ensure that the home we have designed is being built the way you intended. You can request as many site construction visits as you would like. They can be weekly, monthly, or simply at key points in the project. We generally recommend a minimum of two site visits.
We understand that nothing can be more frustrating than the surprise of an unexpected bill. That is why we keep our pricing structure as predictable and transparent as possible. We also understand that our customers choose us not only for our good value, but because of the quality of the work that we do.
The pricing for our major project types is based on a flat, fixed fee. This fee includes all work necessary to secure a building permit. The fee is based on the project type, size and complexity. While the project type and size are easy to determine, the project complexity is evaluated at the free initial consultation. The following is an approximate pricing guide for our major project types: