Renovation Planning – The Design Build Process

Do you require more space in your home? Maybe you don’t like how your current area is set up and want to change it. A good renovator can assist. The Design/Build contractor has the staff or ability to design your project himself. I want to discuss the design/build process here so you know what to expect if you ever get involved in an extensive renovation project on your home. Look into the Best info about Commercial glazing refurbishment.

So you’ve contacted a renovation contractor and scheduled a meeting with him to renovate your existing space with an addition. This is the first meeting. It would be best to ask questions about the contractor’s qualifications and abilities to complete the work you want to be done during the client-contractor interview.

This could include “design to finish” or construction management if you already have an architect and design. At this meeting, the contractor will also want some background information on you to determine how serious you are about completing the project or if you are just “kicking tires.”

The project overview will also be presented at this meeting. First, you will discuss your project and the order in which it should be completed. Next, the budget, general costs, value, and an overview of the design/build process should be discussed, as I am doing now. The next point of interest is this service’s design options and cost. The architect will typically charge a fee of 2 1/2% of the project costs. Add another 2% for construction drawings (electrical, plumbing, etc.). Designer fees typically start at $1,000.00 and go up from there.

Small projects, such as a kitchen remodel, start at $500.00 and go up. If you choose someone else to decorate your home, you may also have to pay interior decorator fees. Finally, you can expect to talk about security efforts and construction guidelines to protect your home during construction and your living needs during the process.

The following meeting will be the design meeting. You will be introduced to the designer or architect at this meeting to discuss their qualifications and the project overview, budget, priorities, and special interests. This meeting will conclude with discussion of the fees and the design agreement.

Following that, you will read, discuss, and sign the design agreement and establish a design program with the designer/architect.

The contractor takes measurements around the house for preliminary drawings and to determine whether a new lot survey is required at the field measurement meeting.

A preliminary drawing submission meeting is scheduled to discuss and finalize the design while also providing the contractor with a copy of the plans.

The preliminary design detail meeting is when the contractor, architect, and client meet to review the plans and make any necessary changes.

Prepare and submit a preliminary cost estimate for the design. We get estimates from significant subcontractors here, discuss initial costs, compare them to the budget, and make any changes. Allowances are discussed, and the client may be given a product selection guide.

Create construction plans. During this meeting, the client can begin making product selections, such as cabinets, bathroom fixtures, flooring, etc., along with the architect/designer and possibly an interior designer.

The significant subcontractors provide their final bids based on the final drawings at the prepare and submit last project bid meeting, the final costs on allowances and product selections are determined, and the pictures, fees, and scope of work are reviewed with the client.

The financing procedures begin at this point. The loan application and the bid and drawings are completed and submitted to the lender. The loan officer may require an appraisal. In some states, the contractor’s contract may not be signed for up to 12 days. The loan and the contractor’s warranty will then be signed, and you may be required to sign a disclosure statement. This will occur at the bank or lender’s office.

Fill out the permit application and the selection guide. The project manager, marketing manager, lead carpenter, and demo/site prep subcontractor will be introduced at the pre-construction conference. Provide the client with contact information for the contractor/project manager and an updated scope of work narrative.

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