The Living Green Remodeling design remodel process:
1. Phone conference... Our first chat is used to learn what your project goals are and give you some perspective on how we work.
It helps to know your budget. People may feel unconformable sharing their budget: and we appreciate that. The problem is that a bathroom remodel can range from $5,000 to $25,000. Without a budget it is difficult implementing the best design.
How much you have to invest in your home will help us to understand the design feasibility and scope of your project.
Homework: Gather magazine photos, books or basic styles you are drawn to, this is the fun part.
2. Consultation and planning at your home: Brainstorming design ideas is our passion. session brings out broad outlines and small details. In the end, we both have a working idea of your goals, budget and timeline.
What is most important to you for your remodel project?
Develop a design that fits your home, wants, needs and budget.
Consultation includes client's ideas, project scope, general design, client concerns and budget range.
At this time, we may ask you to authorize a design agreement if it is a large project.
3. The design/remodel agreement: Our design fee ranges from $500 - 10 percent of your project. Some contractors offer free bids but they are only guessing and assuming they know what you want. We would rather ask great questions gather information and present you with a true picture of your project. When your spending $40,000 on a new kitchen entering into a contract without a true picture of what your project will look like is really scary. A free bid will often cost you money, headaches and a compromise in design and materials.
The design agreement will include allowances for products not yet selected by you, this is an estimate.
Product allowances will be replaced with client product selections in step four.
This can be a fun creative and frustrating process, but the outcome is truly worth the effort.
Consultation includes: clients ideas, project scope, general design, client concerns and budget range.
The design agreement does not include sub-contractor prices at this stage of the process.
4. Pre-remodeling communication:
Your paint color, tile selection and material selections are plugged in to the bid detail.
Sub contractor bid prices will be added to the estimate.
The pre-remodeling agreement is created and agreed upon.
This meeting usually takes place at your home, during business hours, with all decision-makers present.
5. Working together for the best results: We will itemize any questions, clarifications and concerns you may have and create the finale remodeling contract with payment schedules.
6. Finale remodeling contract: Design approval and final selections have been finalized. Payment schedule, timelines and all subcontractors have submitted their pricing. A deposit may be required so we can start ordering materials such as cabinets or plumbing fixtures.
Explain details such as work hours, sequence of tasks or particularly disruptive times such as floor staining.
Choose a location for the portable toilet if needed, key box and job sign placement.
7. Your remodeling project is underway: This is where we shine. Our goal is not to speed threw the process. Rather we confirm design ideas as we move forward with your Portland remodeling project. I confirm with you if the paint color is just right are the towel bars, lighting, cabinet knobs and backsplash height in the most pleasing height and position. I love remodeling and finish details pull the whole project together and makes your Portland home remodeling project shine. Respecting your home and minimizing disruption are constant guidelines as is regular communication with you. When design decisions are needed from you or unforeseen conditions are encountered we will make sure you are involved. If these situations affect your budget, a change order detailing the credit or cost will be used.
A communication board is used so notes can be posted to clarify any questions.
I also encourage texting and can text or e mail a photo to you to confirm any details for my busy clients.
8. Enjoy your newly remodeled space: Tell your friends about Living Green Remodeling and please let us know if we can improve our service in any way. Finally, before a year is up we will contact you to see if there are any warranty issues that may need our attention. Please call us back at any time for warranty questions or to schedule your next project. We are here to help.
Creating your design No one is better than you in knowing how you want to live. As you start to imagine your bathroom renovation, kitchen design or whole home remodel I will help you bring out your ideas. My goal is to give you the most value for your Portland remodeling project.
Why other remodeling approaches do not work.
Should I call the contractor first or have plans done first? You could hire an architect to draw plans, then put the plans out for bid and hope contractors can build it for something close to your budget. A sizable percentage of projects that get designed this way never get built, as discouraged homeowners find that their architect’s or designers design far exceeds their budget.
Should I get several bids or pick the lowest price bid? Others will call several contractors and ask for a bid picking the lowest price before they have a clear design. The problem with this approach is that the home owner has no idea what the quality of products or overall design will look like. The contractor does his best to guess the price.
Working together is simply the best choice to finding a design that fits you budget and dreams.
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