O U R P R O C E S S
While no two projects are the same, our process and the steps we we take to get from the beginning to the end are. For every project, we go through 5 phases:
Below we expand on each phase to hopefully answer some of your questions you have about what you can expect during your project.
G E T T I N G
S T A R T E D
To get started, we have a questionnaire (located under "inquiries") for potential clients to fill out. This helps us gather the right information we need in order to determine our starting point. Once the questionnaire has been submitted and received by our office, we will contact you and schedule an appointment for a consultation.
During the consultation, our design team will come out to the project location to
do a Job Walk. During this time we take measurements and get an
get an idea of the scope of work.
After the Job Walk we will send over a "Design Proposal".
This is a contract estimating how much time will be spent in the "Design Phase."
A rough budget is a very important piece to start this process and make sure it is realistic for the project to be achieved. If you need an estimate for your project, generally we need a set of plans in order to gather the correct information to estimate accurately. If you do not have plans that's ok, those are offered in design services as well.
D E S I G N P H A S E
As mentioned above, after the consultation meeting, you will receive a Design Proposal for the Design Services. Services can include:
Throughout this phase, you will be working with our professional Designers to help you create your prefect space.
3D renderings are offered which is a great tool to help visualize the project from
spatial layouts to specific material selections and design schemes.
Once the design is dialed in to the clients liking, the team can move forward into Estimating.
E S T I M A T I N G
Now that that we have an idea of the project, the scope of work it's going to take to complete it, and the general materials that will be used, we can move into estimating. During this phase, we will prepare a Preliminary Cost Estimate based on the Design Documents or Plans supplied by the Owner. When we have received all of the Trade Contractor and Supplier bids, we will prepare a Budget Estimate which will include construction cost, soft costs, such as construction documents, permits and fees, and our overhead and profit. Within this phase we can adjust the scope of work and/or material choices to get the number to where the client wants it to be. Once the quoted price is acceptable, we will prepare a Building Agreement.
C O N S T R U C T I O N
D O C U M E N T S
Construction Documents include all the building plans, specifications, and supporting documents used during the completion of a construction project. For projects that require permits, we will prepare Construction Documents to submit to the appropriate City or County Building Department. The Building Department will review the Construction Documents also known as a “Plan Check”. When the first Plan Check is finished, the Building Department will send out a Plan Check Review where corrections are to be made and resubmitted. Once the Plans are approved, the Building Department will issue out a Building Permit, and now the construction process can start.
C O N S T R U C T I O N
P R O C E S S
Upon plan & permit approval and prior to the start of construction, we will hold a Pre-Construction Conference to run through the construction process including scheduling.
Change orders can be made at any time during construction, but they may be costly and can cause delays.
There will be scheduled “Walk-through’s” before you pick your Final Selections. Final Selections are grouped into 3 categories:
Final Selections completed prior to start of construction
Final Selections completed prior to start of framing
Final Selections completed prior to start of sheetrock
In addition to the scheduled walk-through’s, we will schedule Construction Process Meetings throughout this process. The purpose of these meetings will be to review the Schedule, review your Selections, review Change Orders, and to discuss any Miscellaneous Items requiring action.
A Pre-Occupancy Inspection will be held upon completion of construction and prior to moving in. It is an opportunity for you to confirm that the work has been completed and meets the quality standards outlined in the construction documents.