Whether a large or small remodeling project, the Design/Build Process approaches remodeling by utilizing the expertise of a professional contractor to serve as your "remodeling consultant" with goals of obtaining predictable and satisfying results on time and in budget. Here is a brief glimpse into our process...
Getting To Know Each Other...Complimentary Initial Consultation
We’ll explore your project goals and ideas, encourage you to share pictures of your style preferences, and when applicable, view your professional prints/design. To help you best, we will discuss your set-aside target budget and share costs of similar projects we've completed to set price range expectations. If we require pricing information unique to your project, we'll do some research and schedule a second complimentary meeting to review our findings and present a price range estimate for your budgetary consideration.
Should you trust our company is best to help you achieve your project goals, and determine those goals fall in-line with your target budget, we will proceed to the next step in the process; design/build/scope development.
Design/Build/ Scope of Work Development
We'll enter into a design/build agreement and together "build your project" to determine a final scope of work. A non-refundable design retainer fee (a percentage of the estimated project cost to be later applied to your project payment schedule) is collected once this phase begins. This agreement will secure the next available slot on our schedule and allow us to work on your behalf with trade professionals and vendors involved in your remodeling process with a pledge to ALWAYS keep our agreed-upon target budget in mind. When applicable, professional prints are generated during this process.
We encourage clients to select all materials from our preferred vendors so we may warranty the products we are installing in your home. For this reason we share our contractor pricing allowing clients to purchase QUALITY products at our volume discount. We will collaborate with the design professionals specific to each vendor and assist you in all product selections to simplify the process.
Construction Agreement and Pre-Construction Meeting
Based on our collaborations we will finalize a scope of work and present a construction agreement with a solid project cost and payment schedule based on milestones. We'll arrange for permitting, order necessary materials, schedule a pre-construction meeting to discuss timelines, subcontractor schedules and expectations about the remodeling process. Every project is unique and every question is a good one…so don’t hesitate to ask! Communication is key to a successful outcome. We are now ready for your project commencement, let the transformation begin!
By using quality products and materials we leave your project knowing we have truly delivered lasting value. Big Island Pond Remodeling provides a 1 year warranty on all projects, and we will assist you with manufacturer's warranties,
Design Build Collaboration Vs. Design Professional Approach
Traditionally, homeowners often hire an architect/engineer to design their projects and then put the design out for bid to several contractors. Although projects may be well designed, when contractor bids are obtained, it is all too common that job costs are over budget. In addition, contractors may bid the lowest possible scope of work to win the project or reduce estimating time and costs, thus increasing the need for unanticipated change orders after project commencement.
Professional contractors discovered by taking responsibility of the design AND construction, greater customer satisfaction can be achieved reducing owner hassle and stress while improving planning efficiency for all. This is known as the Design/Build Process. It's goal is to bring the contractor and owner together first to determine project feasibility and budget. Close collaboration with all parties including other design professionals follows and together we create a detailed scope of work/design that is not only suited to the owners style preferences, but is also in-line with their agreed upon budget.