Our Home Remodeling Process
At Ben Quie & Sons, one of our primary goals is to make building and remodeling predictable and rewarding as possible. Before you sign a contract for construction, you’ll know exactly what will be built and at what cost.
At the initial meeting, we learn as much as we can about you, your home, and your project. We will assess the space, ask questions, and listen carefully to make sure we fully understand your goals and expectations. We will also introduce you to our company, and explain our process, so you know what to expect when you work with us.
After the initial meeting, we outline the scope of work and create a preliminary budget for the project. We use our well-developed pricing system and information from similar projects that we have completed in the past. Our priority is to ensure that you are comfortable with the preliminary budget, and we understand the general scope of work, before moving forward in the design/build process.
Plans & Proposal
The next step is to refine the scope of work and pricing. This begins with conceptual drawings (schematics) in which we explore the possibilities for your space, while keeping your budget in mind. We develop detailed drawings and specifications for the project. (Specifications are a written description of how the project will be built.)
Many projects benefit from the expertise of an architect, kitchen and bath designer, or interior designer. In order to provide the appropriate level of design expertise, we frequently partner with design professionals.
If you have already selected your own architect or designer, we will work closely with him or her to ensure that their designs are also inline with your budget. Once we have more detailed drawings, and construction specifications we can provide a much tighter estimate of project costs. As the plans become more specific, the costs become more accurate.
We bring in our trade partners for a walkthrough, so we can gather accurate quotes for labor and construction costs such as HVAC, drywall, electrical, plumbing, painting, insulation, etc.
For items not yet specified, we help you create reasonable and realistic “allowances” in the budget. For example, we may know there will be a new tub and shower. But we may not know exactly the make and model.
Shopping for and choosing appliances, cabinetry, lighting, doors, windows, plumbing fixtures, and so forth is called “selections.” If you are easily overwhelmed, unsure of what to pick, or hate to shop – an interior designer can make a big difference! Once you have made your selections, we include these items in the project estimate.
After the final estimate is produced and you agree to proceed, we draw up the contract for you to sign. The contract is a very detailed road map for the project. It includes final construction plans along with a written description of exactly how the project will be built, and what materials will be used.
Once the contract is signed, we will schedule a pre-job meeting. At this meeting you will meet your Production Manager, who will go over our production process with you.
He or she will also assign a lead carpenter to your project and develop a daily process schedule. Once construction is underway we will set-up weekly or bi-weekly meetings with you to finalize decisions and answer any questions you may have.
Once construction is completed, Ben will join you in a final walkthrough to ensure the finished product meets or exceeds your expectations.