The Design Process: Step #4: Contract/Design


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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