The Design Process: Step #1: Initial Contact Project Profile

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The Design Process: Step #1: Initial Contact Project Profile

We appreciate the time you spend thinking about this project profile. To best serve you, it is important that our services match the profile of your project. Fill it out to your own benefit, so that you will be fully prepared to itemize your goals. We will call based on your phone or email message to further discuss your project and set an appointment time for an initial site visit at no cost or obligation to you.

In the interim, please begin the planning process by creating a wish list of all the features you'd like to see in your project. Prioritize these by importance, so that when it comes to budgeting, we can offer you options (see website project descriptions for likely project cost comparisons). Desired features might include: a French Door between rooms, a granite countertop, double vanity sinks, or a microwave oven. We do not share this information with any other parties. (This page is a sample only, and not enabled. Please click on this link to go to Contact Dave. Thank you.)

 

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The Design Process: step #2; Initial Site Visit

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The Design Process: step #2; Initial Site Visit

Once you've contacted us, we can schedule an appointment with you at your home for the Initial Site Visit. Please allow at least 1.5 hours for this meeting. We request that all parties involved in your project attend this meeting. At this initial, no-cost/obligation consultation, we will take measurements, photos, and make concept sketches of the area involved in the proposed project, and we will discuss the following with you:

 

     ·        Design criteria, wish list (some examples of which were detailed in Project Profile sheet);

       ·        Budget - what you have in mind to be able to spend;

       ·        Structural considerations, requirements;

       ·        Window/door styles and brands, requirements;

       ·        Cabinetry, moldings;

     ·        Countertops, flooring, and tile;

     ·        Plumbing fixtures and styles/brands, requirements;

     ·        Electrical fixtures and styles/brands, requirements;

     ·        Appliances;

     ·        Options to be considered

 

The Initial Site Visit is your first, and perhaps best, opportunity to express your vision of the proposed project design. We want you to have a satisfying project outcome, one that reflects your lifestyle and personality. So, be prepared to show us magazine photos/clippings, drawings, color samples, stone/tile, etc., anything that will help to define your vision of the project. The process of writing down a list will help you organize random or spontaneous thoughts to be discussed. Just as important, consider the kind of investment you are prepared to make in home improvements and determine the source(s) of that investment. You may not know specific costs of remodeling, but you surely must have some kind of budget figure in mind that you can afford to spend. As remodeling professionals, we can advise you on costs and can suggest some affordable alternatives to make efficient use of your budget. We'll first focus on the ways you want to use the space. The exact look of the space may be secondary. We're happy to help you design and plan, as are our subs and vendors, but there may be some required design fee(s) (often credited to a final Agreement). This will clear the way for thinking in detail about the plans and designs. This is where communication and trust begin.

As professional remodelers, we're more than happy to work with your plans or your architect. However, we can also approach it as a team, bringing in an architect, if necessary, that we select based on your description of needs and ideas. That way we all are starting from the same points, and we get all the information we need at the same time. Architects and remodelers each have distinct fields of expertise and different perspectives, so the melding of these can only lead to a better and more complete solution.

We know the Initial Site Visit is your opportunity to assess David Taylor Remodeling as well. This is our best opportunity to demonstrate that we are leaders, remodeling experts in the Salt Lake City area. Your family’s safety and security is a priority at David Taylor Remodeling. We rely on all our Affiliates, most of whom have been with us for years, to be dependable and conscientious. You will learn that David Taylor Remodeling is sensitive to your concerns about security, construction dust and debris, communication, and the all-important issue of safety. We treat your home as if it were our own. And before you authorize a project, you will have the opportunity to talk with other homeowners from our extensive reference list.

 (adapted from Blue Ribbon Construction, Raleigh, N. C.)

The next step in the Design Process is Step #3: Remodeling Estimate.

The Design Process: Step #3: Remodeling Estimate

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The Design Process: Step #3: Remodeling Estimate

There is no charge for the Remodeling Estimate. Keep in mind that this is only an estimate, based on our best knowledge and experience, and understanding of your needs. This estimate is typically a feasibility tool for the Homeowner to use to benchmark the project budget. Generally, if the project is not too complex, a set of CAD plan and elevation drawings will be included at no charge. We will schedule time for this meeting in your home at your convenience. Please allow at least 1.5 hours for this meeting. We request that all parties involved in your project attend. In general, if an estimate is free, you get what you paid for, but we want to demonstrate to you just how competent and committed we are to giving the best remodeling value. We want your trust and your business.

 

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The Design Process: Step #4: Contract/Design

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The Design Process: Step #4: Contract/Design

After acceptance of the Remodeling Estimate, you as Homeowner will give David Taylor Remodeling the “go ahead” via signing the Contract Agreement, and making a down payment. If a project is more complex, requiring extensive design (more than 10 hours) and/or engineering, a further Design Step will begin by signing a Retainer for Services Agreement, which will cover the added cost of more extensive design. Our designer, architect, and/or engineer will take project measurements, photos and concept sketches, and use a CAD drafting program to produce floor plan and elevation designs that allow the Homeowner to see what your finished project will look like. You may review and analyze designs for space planning, suitability and construction feasibility. The best ideas may be redrawn and reviewed again. A project Specification Sheet may be included, containing details such as the calculation of Allowances, footing definitions, structural data, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, finish components, options and any homeowner work to be performed, referred to as “Sweat Equity". Meetings may be scheduled for Affiliates to meet with both the Homeowner and David Taylor Remodeling to review the project, when they may ask you questions about your home. This also gives the Homeowner an opportunity to speak with the high quality Affiliates we engage to work on your home. David Taylor Remodeling will then obtain specific price quotes from Affiliates. When finalized, designs and price quotes will become part of the Contract Agreement. The Contract Agreement may be amended by Change Order due to changes in Cost Allowances. The Contract Agreement contains legalities and a Schedule of Values for payments, and outlines the procedures and protections for both the consumer as well as David Taylor Remodeling. Please take time to read it.

To finalize the plans for Remodeling, David Taylor Remodeling will add any information required by the local building department if a building permit is required. A meeting will allow the Homeowner to review the Contract Agreement, and ask questions for clarity. The Homeowner and David Taylor Remodeling will then authorize the project to begin. Prior to any Remodeling, you as Homeowner will select all components, fixtures, and items, because some have long order times which would otherwise cause design changes and Change Orders or unnecessary schedule delays and inconvenience to you.

(adapted from Blue Ribbon Construction, Raleigh, N. C.)

This brings us next to Phase Two, The Remodeling Process; Step #1: Pre-Remodeling.

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