Before any ground is broken there is a lot to do, some projects are very complex and some are quite simple. We do our best to get all of the major details addressed before we start the job in order to streamline the actual construction time and, plan and control costs. This enables us to build a project as efficiently as possible. We have priced the market and know how to guide a project to meet a client’s budget.
- Feasibility Studies
We can help determine the overall viability of a project or recognize any overlooked steps or considerations before they turn into problems that could potentially derail a project.
- Constructability Review
Performing a constructability review helps to identify critical issues and forgotten details before the project starts. Combining construction knowledge with conceptual design objectives early on will determine if certain project details are valuable, economical or all together attainable.
- Building Plans and Specifications
A complete set of the plans and specifications is essential to be able to properly and efficiently build a project. Typically a build-able set of drawings would be provided by an Architect. What the architect supplies varies from project to project. It is possible that they will supply a build-able set of drawings along with specifications for the systems and finish, but in general there is usually quite an extensive list of things still to be determined when an Architect hands us their final set of plans. Some of these items include determining the best finish products and systems that are needed (and desired) and, fit them to the budget. These products and systems range from the HVAC system, lighting, the flooring, tile, windows, doors and paint. We work with you and our pool of talented subcontractors to find the right fit and finish.
- Takeoff/Materials List
A takeoff is a detailed list of materials and labor required to complete the project. The takeoff is an essential part of the process that enables us to create a definitive budget and production schedule.
- Site Design
A surveyor/site engineer will develop the site plan which is used to acquire the state wastewater permit site and home build. We work with the site/septic engineer and their plan that shows the building location, well site with isolation zone and septic location. In addition to the information they provide, we will determine additional elements not already provided on the plan which can include some or all of the following – driveway, power, phone, cable, house sited as you want it, all underground (piping to septic, well, between garage and house) and finished grade elevations for house drive and yard.
- Requests for Proposals
We like to send out the Requests for Proposal (RFP) for each of the components and get actual pricing during the preconstruction process (when time allows). We have a large pool of subcontractors which allows us to select the proper organization that can best complete the job; knowing schedule, cost value, capabilities and outcomes are all essential elements of a final award. There are many ways that people go about building. Our detailed specifications and CAD drawings allow us to compare apples to apples when requesting bids from Subcontractors and ensure it gets done right the first time.
Estimating will begin with a budget range for all the different pieces of work which we estimate using your desired budget and the knowledge we have gained from past projects. Once the plans have been finalized, all selections have been made and pricing is in from sub trades, we can dial in the cost of the project to a much narrower range. Prices vary quite a bit for different finishes, for example you could go with a Formica countertop or granite or anything in between. Even a faucet in a lavatory can range from $50 to over $500. All of these details add up quickly in the final cost and taking the time early on to work through those choices speeds up the process and helps to avoid any unwanted surprises later. We work closely with you to determine the finish choices from door hardware, electrical devises, lighting and plumbing fixtures to siding and roofing materials. Personal preference is a major driver in the cost of a project.
Not all estimates are created equal.
We compile/create the information needed for permits and file for the permits for most of the projects we build.
During the pre-construction process, we think through the whole job, and essentially build it on paper before any ground is broken on site. Our goal is to have a schedule that takes into account the needs of the home owners and availability of the preferred subcontractors. Having a realistic schedule in place allows us to use the construction time most efficiently.