1. The very first thing for us to be able to work together is that we have to meet. We always start with small talk and allow a little time to get to know each other and find out the common ground in our lives. Once we've done that, we really want to know what you have in mind. Do you need to add onto your home for a master suite, larger kitchen area, outdoor living, upstairs extension, possibly even renovate your entire home? Want a pool with landscaping? Are you thinking custom home? Once we understand what your needs are and have laid some ground work for our approach, we are going to create our own file for your project including measurements pictures and notes. This will give us a complete dossier of where you are so we can plan where you want to be effectively.
2. We are going to ponder and consider all the things you asked us to do. We will rough draft some concepts and see how things could come together; in so doing we consider architectural aesthetics, function and budget relative to your requests. Once we've worked our way through the information you've provided and we arrive at a preliminary design we can show you with conviction, we'll call you up and say, "hey, let's get together."
3. The initial presentation is one of the most exciting times in the building process because you the client gets to see for the first time the interpretation of all the information, requests and underlying facts that we the professionals design. During this presentation we are going to provide you with enough information for "sensory overload." Meaning, we know it's a little overwhelming and that you will need some time to consider what we've done.
4. Once you have reviewed the preliminary plans and the budget you will have your own convictions about what we've presented and that's our next point to meet. At this meeting we will clarify, adjust, refine, and add more detail to get the plans to the 'buildable' stage. Once you're satisfied with the overall concept and the budget then we move to prepare the drawings and specifications for building. During this time we will generate a shopping list for you that details all the decisions we'll need you to make that you haven't already made so we can design, price, and specify your project just like you want it to look. At this time our clients continue to look to us for guidance on how to bring their project together and we'll be there for you with first class guidance. You'll be considering window and door schedules, exterior finishes, stone, stucco, dryvit, siding, roofing type, paving, landscaping, interior floors, walls, molding selections, fine points on cabinetry layouts, plumbing requirements, heating and cooling systems, and you will consider convenience and architectural appointments to make your work special. There are quite a few more decisions to make but you get the picture and we'll guide you all along the way.
5. Once the plans are completed and ready for bids and permits we will meet with the subcontractors selected for your project. We select the subs based on their skill set suitability to your job. This is one of the most important functions of the building process to get the right people on the job and let them take it to a higher level and that's our experience working for you. Once we clear permits and have all of our pricing put together to confirm our budget, we're ready to break ground!
6. Once we break ground the fun really begins because you'll see firsthand every aspect of how your home is built. It's exciting to learn about the changes in building procedures to lower energy costs and make homes more comfortable. Additionally, it's fun to see the project 'grow'. As we go along the way there will be opportunities to consider doing things a little differently than planned either through other options or enhancements that come to mind once you see the material realization of your project. We encourage clients to keep an open mind throughout the process so they can feel 'complete' about their results. The decision making process is ongoing until the project is complete and then you make the decision to stop and enjoy your project. At times the decision making, the outflow of money, the energy required to follow the project can be very tiring but our view is that we enjoy our work and it's a privilege in today's world to do this type of work. The best projects start and result from the enthusiasm of our clients!
7. When you're finished the long term aspect of relationship comes into play. You're going to need us to help you keep your new investment in the best condition and operating well and no matter what happens we'll be here for you when you need something. Of course, most of our ongoing work is with repeat clients and their good referrals so we're always open for more business! Let us know how we can help you!