Our Process

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Estimate, scope of work, proposal, and contract:

What is the difference, why we need them and the importance of each step.

Let’s start by defining the 4 steps required to complete a successful project on time and budget.

Step 1: Estimate

An approximate calculation or judgment of the value, number, quantity, or extent of something: ·

Step 2: Work scope definition

Also referenced is a work breakdown structure that divides the project scope into discrete tasks and assigns the associated resources, time requirements and responsible parties. The project scope is the final element of the statement of work. A scope statement describes the scope of work in terms of a product, service or other result of a project.

Step 3: Proposal

A plan or suggestion, especially a formal or written one, put forward for consideration or discussion by others

Step 4: Contract

A written or spoken agreement, especially one concerning employment, sales, or tenancy, that is intended.

The Process

The process always starts with a short phone call or onsite meeting to discuss the general outline of the project. We listen to the customers wants, needs and desires, then offer options and possibilities available. We then provide an estimate based on the conversation or meeting.  (Keep in mind this is a rough dollar number applied to the general description of the project.) This service is always free.

Once a general estimate is accepted and fits in the customer’s budget, we start to build a scope of work. This scope helps us organize, design, and understand a detailed picture of the completed project. This is where the selection process begins. We provide the customer a list of needed selections along with a list suppliers/fabricators we use who will help with selections and design.

Now we are at the proposal stage, we take our detailed scope of work combine it with the appropriate selections and provide the customer with a proposal. This will be an accurate monetary account of the entire job.  When the proposal is agreed upon the planning process ends with the contract. Our contract includes start completion dates, detail draw schedule, and all the important information to protect both the customer and ourselves.

We are often asked why is our company so particular about product selections? Our answer is because product allowances can adversely effect the cost and schedule of a contract. For example, If we allow for a 12” ceramic tile, and the customer decides they want 24” marble, not only has the product cost changed but also the labor cost. So both the job cost and schedule have been affected. (not even to mention order time of the selected product) Multiply that theory through plumbing, doors, electrical, etc. and this is how jobs run immensely over budget and schedule.

We spend a lot of time on planning and contract specificity up front so when a change is needed we can minimize the cost and delay. Do understand in the renovation world there are always unexpected items and ideas that come up, but the better the plan better the Job!