Let Us Walk You Through the Process

Your design build project will involve us listening more than talking, collaborating instead of convincing, and the assurance that function dictates the process as much as form.

The Process begins with your complimentary design consultation. We will then schedule a site visit, present investment ranges to you, along with a design retainer. After signing,  the construction process begins.

Design Phase

Complimentary Design Consultation

Ask questions, become better educated, and get a feel for how our design build process works.  We’ll provide you with a ballpark figure on the cost of your project, based on previous similar projects we’ve completed, as well as realistic construction timelines.

AT A GLANCE

  • Project cost: You’ll get a ballpark
  • Project timeline: You’ll get a realistic estimate of number of weeks
  • Project contract: None, there is no commitment at this stage

Design Retainer Agreement

We visit your home, look at your project and inspect the structure, which allows us to narrow down the ballpark price range. We’ll provide you with a design retainer agreement which allows us to begin working on your design. Depending on the size of your project, a deposit between $1500 and $4000, which goes towards the cost of your project, will be collected with the signed retainer.

AT A GLANCE

  • Project cost:We’ll narrow down the ballpark
  • Project timeline: You’ll get a realistic estimate of number of weeks
  • Project contract: Design Retainer Agreement
    Payment: Retainer deposit

Design and Preliminary Proposal

We’ll work with you to create your design, present them in 3D perspectives and agree on major product selections, such as flooring, cabinets, and windows. Then, we present you with a preliminary proposal with a refined investment range and scope of work, and you go live on our software system.  Once signed and we have received your 10% down, you have a guaranteed start date on our construction calendar.

AT A GLANCE

  • Project cost: Updated to reflect your specific design choices
  • Project timeline: You receive a guaranteed start date
  • Project contract:  Preliminary Proposal
    Payment: 10% down minus your retainer

Scope of Work

You’ll choose all the final products for your home, down to the last fine detail, including trim, moldings, grout and paint colors and we’ll use those to complete the scope of work. The project cost is finalized and you sign the Scope of Work, which locks in your payment schedules, allowances and final project cost.

AT A GLANCE

  • Project cost: Finalized and payment schedule set.
  • Project timeline: Locked-in
  • Project contract:  Scope of Work
  • Payment: Made according to payment schedule
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Construction Phase

Pre-Construction Meeting

Prior to demolition and construction, we will sit down with you to discuss the specifics of your job and lifestyle. We’ll cover accessibility, security, health concerns, children, pets, and other specifics. This helps prepare you for construction.

Construction

We’ll order all the materials, secure engineering and building permits, and schedule our crews for demolition and construction. You can monitor your schedule on our online dashboard using your computer or smartphone. Your project manager and lead carpenter will be communicating regularly with you.

Project Completion

We finish your project, down to the last lovely detail. This means the punch list is completed, we have passed final inspection and our owner’s acceptance agreement is finalized. At this step, we ensure that you are completely happy with your project.

Post-construction

We will continue to check in with you for the next year to ensure that all is well. We encourage you to reach out to us should any issues arise. If you are like most of our clients, chances are we’ll see you again for your next project!

Why The Design Build Process

John Malkovich, Walnut Creek, CA