How We Work
Once we have met with you, if you feel like we are the right fit for your job, we will send you an agreement to enter the plan phase. Plans are at the heart of every remodel and not only are required for permitting, but also necessary to ensure that your vision comes to life the way you imagine it will.
Our design/build process is comprised of three phases: Plan Phase, Pre Construction Phase, & Construction Phase.
During the Plan Phase, our team will work with you to truly understand your wants and needs of the remodel project. We will get a feel for your aesthetic and lifestyle, and we will create the plan drawings that show your remodel layout, including elevation drawings and renderings to help you visualize your space. During this phase we fully develop the scope of work that brings your remodel vision to life. Our team will let you know up front of any potential, foreseeable issues that could arise, or any constraints that might exist based on residential building codes. We know that remodels are big investments for our clients, and, at every turn, we will work to make sure that you are getting the return on your investment that you deserve, not just financially, but also in the quality of life you will experience in your redesigned space. When we have completed the floor plans, we define the scope of work and conduct subcontractor walk throughs with our trade partners, focusing on big ticket items like electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. We then put together the project budget for your specific remodel and work with you to refine the budget to ensure you both understand and are comfortable with the work scope and estimated project cost. When the Plan Phase is complete, we are ready to move into Pre Construction.
Renderings vs Actual
In the Pre Construction Phase we commence the permitting process and you start to work with our design team on interior design, which includes detailed elevation drawings and renderings showing your finish selections to hone in on the aesthetic details of the project. We will help you select all finishes (cabinets, countertops, faucets, flooring, tile, paint color, trim packages, doors, fixtures, hardware, etc.). Our design team works with you throughout all phases of the project and is an integral part of Renovate’s construction process. During the Pre Construction Phase we also place long-lead item orders for anything that we can’t buy off the shelf. This ensures that once we enter the Construction Phase we are ready to go from demolition to final punch list without any material-driven delays.
Once Pre-Construction is complete, we can move into the Construction Phase and start our demolition/deconstruction. As we work, we send weekly project reports which include details on the work completed, milestones, upcoming milestones, labour hour reports, receipts, job photos, and the weekly invoice. We bill flat hourly rates for our design, project management, and field teams, and we mark up materials and subcontractors at a fixed rate. Our pricing is completely transparent – you see receipts, estimates/invoices from subcontractors, labor timesheets, and mark ups.
Our billing structure means that when we come in ahead of budget, you save money. We don’t take a dollar more than we earn, and we pass all of our savings on directly to our clients. Our time-and-materials approach also means that you maintain flexibility in your project. Should you decide that you want to make a change during the Construction Phase, we won’t hit you with a bunch of paperwork and change orders. We simply work with you to understand the impact of the changes that you want, ensure that they are feasible, and then execute them painlessly, so you can get back to your life and we can keep your project rolling.,
A Note on Home Remodeling Investment
No doubt about it, a home renovation is a major investment. At Renovate we want to ensure that you are spending money wisely to get a return on your investment – and we are here to make sure that what you do makes sense. That is why we work with an experienced realtor, Mel Parsons of Parsons Team Seattle, to help our clients decide how much to invest. When we are building out your work scope, we can bring in Mel to assess the real estate market value of your remodel. If you need to scale down the scope from an investment standpoint, we will do that happily.