is it best to get a builder
The Design Stage is the best time for us to get involved not only
because it saves time and money, but we can also better succeed
at hitting a predetermined budget amount. While concept and design
are typically the architect's strengths, detailed pricing knowledge
is not. Preliminary estimates are key in this scenario. Early detailed
planning and budgeting will prevent the costly process of Re-draw.
"Value Engineering" is another aspect to consider here.
Value Engineering is a word thrown around a lot these days, but
simply put, Value Engineering is designing into your plans the best
return on your dollar as well as putting your money into amenities
that are important to you.
we need to retain our own architect?
Yes. We can provide referrals for preferred architects or can work
with whomever you choose. Be sure to interview the architect and
ask for references. The financial relationship with you and the
architect is yours. We will be happy to be involved with design
input if desired.
we get an interior decorator involved?
if your time is limited or you don't feel comfortable making the
finish selections yourself. We can help you with this. But if you
choose not to employ an interior decorator, you will be afforded
all of the benefits of our exclusive Owners Process Guide (OPG).
The OPG is a detailed selection process implementing progress meetings,
selection schedules and time benchmarks. The OPG affords the customer
the peace of mind of knowing both what is expected of them and the
timeline for each task.
are final costs estimated?
Upon the completion of the Bid Set of Plans we prepare a final estimate.
We include Terbrock Carpentry and General Labor in all estimates
and put all other sub commitments out for bid. All estimates are
presented in a categorized, line item format. All cost are categorized
as either "Base" items or "Allowance" items.
Base items are hard costs and Allowance items are budgetary numbers.
Allowances are used for items that have not yet been selected and
are usually difficult to predict. Examples include plumbing fixtures,
light fixtures and appliances. Experience has taught us that most
of our clients will make changes and upgrades, well into the building
process. Therefore, with you, we create a prudent Allowance Budget
to provide for these contingencies.
we use our own vendors/suppliers?
Yes, on Allowance items. As noted, they include items such as appliances,
landscaping, flooring, cabinetry and electrical fixtures. However,
suppliers with whom we're not familiar must be subject to approval
- for your safety. If approved, special conditions may apply.