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We are a Design/Build Remodeling Contractor in Tarrant County. We combine Computer-Aided 3D Design with over 30 years of experience in the industry to help you create a beautiful, functional space. We believe every successful project combines Function, Design, and Budget and will discuss each of these with our client in the initial meeting. Our goal is to provide our client with the best possible renovation experience and an outcome that will improve the function and the beauty of their home. We believe this is all achieved through Communication, Teamwork, and On-Site Supervision of projects from beginning to end.
All our Remodels/Renovations are focused on three points: Design (does it look beautiful), Function (does it work with how you live), and Budget (does the needs & wants of the client fit their budget). These three points are discussed in the initial phone call and again at the in-person appointment.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?
Ask questions, as many as you have. A good contractor will answer questions you have not even thought of. We have a saying "there are no bad questions"! Make sure that the contractor understands what you want to achieve and that your budget is in line. Make sure you can communicate well with your contractor.
What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?
I like to give clients a "home work" assignment. I ask them to give me a bullet point list of what they would like in their new space. I ask for them to list the bullet points in priority of importance. I also ask them to show me pictures of spaces that they like.
HOW WILL I BE BILLED?
We take a deposit upon signing the renovation contract. This deposit goes toward permits, pre-ordering materials, demolition, and labor before the first draw request. After some work is completed, we will submit a draw request based on completed portions of the project. Anticipated draw requests follow the budget and timeline. Change orders and up-grades are also identified in draw requests.
HOW DO ALLOWANCE ITEMS WORK?
Allowance items are up to you to choose. We set an amount in the original estimate to give you an average cost guideline, but the exact amount spent will be billed on the draw request instead of the estimate amount. For instance: if we set a budget for $1500 for plumbing fixtures and the cost is $1250, that is the amount that will be billed and you will receive a credit. If the cost is $1790, that amount will be billed and you will incur additional costs.
WHAT ABOUT THE MESS?
A clean job site is our goal. We will do our best to keep things tidy throughout the process, but some mess is unavoidable. Construction dust from even the smallest demolition will get EVERYWHERE, so it’s a good idea to remove all items from areas where construction will take place. Put away and cover any items or furniture left behind. We will plastic and tape off areas where work will not be taking place, but dust will still find a way.
WHAT IF I WANT TO CHANGE SOMETHING AFTER WE SIGN THE CONTRACT?
Change orders are to be expected. Once we start opening walls, ideas start flooding in and that’s ok! Anything that was not in the original budget is considered a change order. We do not charge a change-order fee; these will be billed the same as everything else: turn-key for parts, materials, and labor, and cost for fixtures and allowance items.
Change orders usually add time and cost to your project, so keep this in mind when thinking about making a change. We try to think of everything from the start of a project, but sometimes a change order is necessary for an unforeseen circumstance. We will always try our best to work with you to keep your project in the budget when this happens.
MOST COMMON CAUSES OF TIME AND BUDGET OVERAGES
The number one reason a project may go over time and/or budget is due to change orders. Change orders alter the timeline, cause us to go backwards over work we’ve already completed, and gets us off course.
Anytime we have to deviate from a contract with a subcontractor, it costs us extra time and money. Changing materials last minute may mean we are waiting for special order items to come in, or having to make last minute trips to pick items up.
When we're doing a remodel, we are coming behind someone else’s work and likely working on an older home. Codes and standards of practice change with time and some things may have to be corrected before moving forward. Also, aging homes may have unseen rot, insect damage, or poor craftsmanship. We always try to anticipate this from the onset, but some things just can’t be anticipated. When this happens, we always try to give you as much notice as possible and work with you to figure out a way to resolve the issues so that you are getting a final product we know is safe for your family.
WHO CAN I EXPECT TO SEE ON MY JOBSITE?
Project managers and team members will identify themselves to you and are available to answer questions or concerns. You will sometimes see workers or crews present without a team member or manager, but we will never send someone to your house that is unsafe or untrustworthy, so if you feel that something is wrong, please let us know IMMEDIATELY.
There are sometimes down days in a project. While we try to keep these to an absolute minimum, some are unavoidable. If no one is working at your job site, we may be working offsite, picking up materials, waiting on something to dry, or waiting on an inspection.
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