The Design Process: step #2; Initial Site Visit


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.

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