Design/Build Process

The process begins with a free consultation at your home. At this appointment we will learn about you, your home and your needs. Next we schedule a free consultation at our office giving you the opportunity to learn more about Small Carpenters at Large (SCAL). At this meeting, we introduce you to our Design/Build team, discuss preliminary design ideas for your project, and review our Preliminary Feasibility Agreement. Before you sign the Preliminary Feasibility Agreement, we will all agree on the scope of the work and a realistic price range for us to build your project.

Preliminary Feasibility Agreement

Once this agreement is signed, our designer and estimator will work with you to create a design that fits your needs and budget. We will accomplish the following in the preliminary design phase:

  • Refine project goals
  • Complete field measurements
  • Complete as-built drawings (documentation of existing conditions)
  • Research all zoning and code requirements
  • Complete conceptual design sketches
  • Guide you in the selection process (i.e. fixtures, tile, etc.)
  • Complete the preliminary design
  • Present final pricing

Design/Build Agreement

This contract includes both the completion of drawings needed for construction and the actual construction of the project. The contract is based on specifications, selections, and price detailed in the final pricing from the Preliminary Feasibility Agreement. Any change, including selections, will be considered a change order, thus requiring a revision of the construction price. The following steps will be taken once the Design/Build Agreement is signed:

  • Complete the drawings (as needed for construction and permitting)
  • Acquire building permits
  • Conduct a pre-construction walkthrough (discuss logistics and introduce the construction staff)
  • Construct the project

SCAL will complete your renovation from start to finish in an efficient manner, while maintaining close communication with you through regular meetings and walkthroughs. We will assign a lead carpenter or project manager to manage the day-to-day construction and respond to issues as they arise. The company owner and the designer will continue to supervise your project throughout construction, primarily to monitor quality and design intent.

Although we do not provide financing, we can recommend lenders familiar with the remodeling process. We suggest that you begin addressing any financing needs/options early in the project and secure financing before signing the Design/Build Agreement.

Review Boards:
Many neighborhoods in the metro area require approval from an independent review board. We will prepare all drawings and applications needed for submission as part of the Preliminary Design Agreement. If you would like us to represent you at the meeting, there will be an additional charge for this service.