If you are thinking about undertaking a major remodel project for your home, the design-build process is an efficient, stress-reducing way to go. When you hire a general contractor that specializes in this process you are getting the total package, someone who has the talents of a designer, the skills of a project manager and the ability to run the job efficiently. The design build general contractor specializes in designing your space and then facilitates the construction process. This single point of contact is more efficient as it saves time, money and stress.
So how does the design build process work? Here are the 3 phases:
#1 Planning Phase
Planning your remodel began a long time ago in your mind. You have done lot thinking, Pinteresting, shopping and drawing. Conceptually, you have an idea of how you want your space to look. Now it is time to sit down with a general contractor to formally begin the process.
During the initial consultation, it is essential that you communicate all of the details and ideas you have been pulling together. Be prepared to answer questions like:
- What do you like about your home?
- What do you want to change?
- Why do you want to make the changes?
- What are your needs (space, function)?
- What is your vision for the completed project?
- What is your budget?
- Are there special dates that are necessitating the changes?
You know you have the right general contractor when they ask questions and let you do most of the talking.
During this consultation the general contractor will need to take measurements of the space you want to remodel. These will enable them to create a detail-oriented design and a more accurate estimate of the cost of the remodel.
#2 Design & Details Phase
This is where the magic begins to happen. Once your general contractor has the information and measurements, they can create your dreams by drawing up the designs and creating an estimate. This estimate has the details of the design, costs, selection ideas and bids from sub-contractors. Communication is essential. If there is something that you want changed, let your contractor know right away. It is much easier to change a design ‘on paper’ than it is to change it once construction has begun.
Once you have approved the space design, it is time to go shopping for the selections you want in your space. Cabinetry, paint color, faucets, flooring, window treatments, etc. are some of the things that will bring out your tastes in your space. Your general contractor will be there for suggestions and ideas of things that work together, but at the end of the day it is your home and your decision.
After the selections are made, the final estimate is drawn up. Your general contractor will sit down with you to go over the details of the costs, the budget and the construction process. Again, it is essential that you communicate any questions that you have.
It is at this time that the contract is signed and the next phase begins…
#3 Construction Phase
The construction phase is when you will see the most drastic changes to your home. It begins with demolition of the existing space, framing, and finishing. A lot of homeowners are not prepared for the demolition phase, because It. Is. Messy. General Contractors understand this and do their best to make this part of the process as stress-free as possible.
The construction phase takes time. Your general contractor should have a system in place that allows you to communicate with them (text, phone, email), know the schedule and see the progress of the remodel project. It is definitely wonderful to watch the process and see your dreams begin to take shape in your home.
The final product is the realization of these three phases. It all begins with an idea and ends with your space designed and built to your taste.
The General Contractors at Complete Construction are very skilled in the design-build process. Give us a call when you are ready to remodel your space.