Our Process starts here...with your ideas and goals. Somewhere a concept of what a prospective client wants to accomplish was hatched. This may have been something that has been planned and saved for over several years such as replacing that aging deck or outdoor living space, or may a desire or need to expand an existing space or build an entirely new space. Or for some it may be downsizing to something more manageable or maybe moving to the country to fulfill that dream of having open space around you. Our experience and education we feel lends itself to this endeavor.
Our process starts with your idea and goals. Step one starts typically with an initial consultation over the phone to determine a basic understanding of what you are looking to accomplish. This call is typically no more than 10-15 minutes long and helps both parties determine if we are a good fit for your project. The next step of phase two, which is the onsite consultation.
Phase Two is broken into two parts or sections. An onsite consultation section and a design and pre-construction services section. An onsite consultation is exactly that. An initial design consultation or meeting to discuss your project. This is the first visit to the property to discuss the project more in depth and different options for design and what may be involved. This is typically where the process of documenting your ideas and goals begin so that we can create the concept plan that can be seen visually. We will provide an estimated cost proposal to you after this meeting to begin the design section of phase two. Once a Phase two estimated cost proposal for design and pre-construction services is accepted, a Design and Pre-Construction Services Agreement will be issued for review and execution and a retainer or deposit based on a percentage of the total estimated cost will initiate project planning so that an accurate account of cost may be balanced with design. The design and pre-construction services section of phase two is where we create and review the plan as well as develop a project budget. Phase two is complete with an estimate of proposed costs to build the project being presented and the review of a Bid Set of plans for construction, or a final construction set for permitting depending on the project. Once an acceptance of that estimate of proposed costs and a Construction Services Contract or Agreement has been executed, Phase three begins.
Upon acceptance of Phase 3, a proposal for the project will be submitted for permitting and a project manager will be assigned. For most residential projects, permitting can be expected to take 3-6 weeks. During this time, your schedule will be created and shared with you. Timelines to completion of planning, and construction may vary depending on the size and complexity of your project. During this phase deposit for materials may be issued to ensure that items with some lead time can be sourced and available when they are scheduled to be installed.