The remodeling process can vary immensely depending on the type of project you’re planning, but our process in carrying out the work is similar among most projects.
Your Initial Inquiry:
During our initial conversation, you’ll be asked basic questions about your project such as objectives, existing conditions, timeframe and your budget. In most cases, we’ll set a time and date for an on-site consultation at your convenience.
- We’ll review your existing plans or simply talk concept.
- Listen to your needs and goals and then provide suggestions.
- Determine feasibility of the project.
- Discuss what your budget “might be”
- Discuss the project’s likely budget.
- Take photos of your present site.
- Take measurements as needed.
- Set a time and date to revisit the home with our sub-contractors as needed.
Exploring the Design Possibilities:
Whether or not you have already engaged in the services of an architect determines which step is followed next. In the event that the plans are already provided and approved by you, we simply proceed to estimating.
Should you be in the earlier stage of knowing that something needs to be done but are not sure exactly what that is or how to go about it, we will take a different approach.
Depending on the nature of the remodel and the level of complexity, we may recommend an architect or interior designer that we feel would be the most suitable for your needs.
One of our greatest thrills in this industry is partnering with architects and building the unique vision they’ve drawn for our clients – whether that be from a traditional point of view, contemporary, etc. However, with a host of smaller remodeling projects not necessitating an architect and yet the client still desiring a certain level of direction aesthetically, Scovell Wolfe recently added a designer to the team. The partnership with our clients can now include more interaction selecting countertops, paint colors, light fixtures and even upholstery for their newly remodeled space with exclusive trade discounts on many of the products.
Additionally, if your remodeling project is staying within the existing footprint of your home, we can likely draw up the plans in-house using Chief Architect software.
However, we still remain at the ready to collaborate with an outside designer or architect of your choice.
Preliminary Design and Cost Estimate:
At this point, we will either begin to gather numbers based on plans and conversations with your architect and designer or undergo the preliminary designs in-house. We will formulate a plan geared toward:
- Fitting within your budget.
- Addressing space requirements.
- Creating both an attractive, yet functional living space.
- Complying with local codes.
- Most importantly! — Ensuring that your new addition is consistent with your homes existing architectural style. As most of our clients comment, “It looks as if it’s always been there”.
With a plan in place, we will further clarify cost by:
- Taking the major tradesmen (plumbers, electricians, etc.) to your home to review your current mechanics and see how they conform to the new proposed project.
- Analyzing the rest of your remodel or new home – category by category.
- Writing a comprehensive proposal translating complicated plans into easy to understand layman’s terms
The Approval Process:
Once the initial design has been created and all the changes and minor tweaking have occurred, it is time to discuss the actual cost of the construction. This is that stage in the process where we disclose the actual cost of the project for all phases of the remodel. At this stage we will:
- Review the projected cost.
- Discuss the allowance items provided by us for unselected items such as plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, carpeting, tiles, counter tops, etc.
- Review our written proposal which reflects our approach to your unique remodeling needs, discusses the rights of both parties, the expectations that you can count on from us and what we expect from you.
- Explain the timeline for materials to be ordered.
- Propose the “calendar of events” for the project from start to projected finish.
- Determine the payment schedule.
- Execute the final contract.
The Construction Process:
After coming to an agreement on design, budget and timing, we will meet with you for a pre-construction meeting to include:
- Addressing any special concerns or considerations you may have.
- Review the plans and specifications of your project.
- Verify all site conditions.
- Consider your house pets.
- Consider your work schedule and the schedules of your children.
- Review work hours.
- Plan for material storage and workers’ parking.
- Check availability of special order items.
- Address the permit and inspection process.
- Determine where we place our secure lock box that will contain a key, allowing us access to your home.
After Scovell Wolfe & Associates gets a construction permit from your city, the demolition of existing spaces, when necessary, will begin. Once all demolition has been completed, the new construction will start and your vision will be within reach!
Have additional questions? Feel free to call us. 816-361-5959