Each of the steps described here are part of our Design phase. The timeline of this phase can vary and of course influence a project’s completion date. Factors affecting the start and end date of your project include project size, complexity, and our client’s ability to make decisions regarding approval of a design plan, making material selections, etc. Therefore the typical design phase (before the work begins) for a kitchen or bathroom can take 3-6 weeks.
We will discuss details of your project on the phone by asking a series of questions relating to your project.
- What and why do you want to remodel?
- When would you like your project completed?
- What is your budget for the project?
If you haven't hired a professional remodeling company before, you may not be familiar with remodeling costs, and therefore unaware of what a reasonable budget is for a project. Secondly, when we know your budget we can design your project accordingly!
We schedule a time to visit your home for a free Design Consultation. The goal is to get to know the client better, discuss the scope of the project, review our process, capture project information, and provide a range of the project’s cost.
After the Design Consultation at the client’s home, we typically sign a Preliminary Agreement before moving forward. The Preliminary Agreement is a non-binding design contract, the cost is based on a percentage of the estimated project cost. This may also include architectural drawings, feasibility studies, engineering, HOA approvals, zoning, etc. Although the Preliminary Agreement is non-refundable, the design fee is refunded at contract signing – a construction contract is our goal. The Preliminary Agreement includes a Design Presentation at our office, followed by Selections (which also take place at our design center). The final piece of the Preliminary Agreement is a team walk-through at the client’s home.
During the Design Presentation, we provide 3D renderings to show clients what their finished project may look like. Our designers will also provide a pallet of suggested materials. The project’s price is often discussed in more detail.
Next, we schedule selections at our Design Center. Maintaining a design center and employing interior designer (not decorators), provides several distinct advantages. Clients typically only have to come to our design center, they don’t have to make trips around town. By working with one designer, there is consistency not only in selections, but the same designer is present for the duration of the job. And because Stewart Remodel-Design-Build also sells tile, cabinets, knobs and pulls, plumbing fixtures, fireplaces, and grills, our staff has extensive product knowledge.
After the selection process has been completed, we execute a team walk-through to confirm the scope of work. This is such an important piece. It allows clients to meet our team members, it allows our team members to get to know the job, and it enables Stewart Remodel-Design-Build to know the financial side of the job before starting a project.
Contract signing also includes a review of drawings, 3D renderings, and materials that have been selected. The contract is signed, schedule is built, materials are ordered, and the fun begins!