A successful remodel is more than just adding space; it is correcting design deficiencies without creating new ones. With 3 decades of design experience, Rick understands how to rework your home either through expansion or revision, and come up with a design that meets your needs and is feasible to build.
Remodeling Design Process
- Site Visit to determine your needs, survey the existing house, and take measurements
- Preliminary Drawings show the proposed plan. These may be depicted in 3-D format, and multiple design schemes can be presented
- Construction Drawings show a contractor the structural elements of the design, and are suitable for obtaining a building permit from the CBJ Building Department
- Cost of Services: An estimate for the plans will be provided during the site visit
If you are unsure about proceeding with a remodel, but would like some expert advice on the feasibility of your project, DesignWorks will do a site visit and evaluation.
- The cost is $50.00 (plus tax)
- The time not to exceed 1.5 hours
- This is a verbal consultation only; no sketches are provided
- Ask for the $50 Remodeling Consultation when you call for an appointment
- Rick will come to your home and make a preliminary evaluation of the structural and spatial feasibility of your ideas.
- Rick may also suggest solutions to your space requirements that you did not think of.
- If all you see are problems, but no solutions, Rick will suggest design ideas that address your needs.
- You should have a copy of your “as-built-survey” available during this meeting.
- Once a design strategy is identified, measurements of your home are taken in order to prepare preliminary drawings.
- Original plans of your home are helpful, but not necessary. Rick always confirms dimensions of the actual house.
- Finally, photos are taken to record various details.
- In one to two weeks, conceptual plans of the remodel are presented.
- These usually consist of existing and proposed floor plans and an exterior view.
- All drawings are prepared using a computer-aided drafting program, so changes and design options can be readily made.
- Three-dimensional drawings are also possible, and can be especially useful in developing the exterior appearance, understanding floor plans for those who find regular drawings hard to comprehend, and for specialty interiors such as kitchens.
- Once the design meets your approval, construction plans are prepared.
- These plans are accepted by the CBJ Building Dept. for a building permit.
- When necessary, the plans are stamped by a licensed structural engineer.
- An electronic file (PDF) of the plans is provided. Printed plans are also available for a nominal fee.
Cost of Services
- DesignWorks charges by the hour. An estimate of the total cost will be provided at the initial meeting.
- A retainer will be required before design work commences, generally in the $300 to $800 range.
- Payments are made at the completion of each drawing phase, or at the end of the month, whichever comes first.
- Design and analysis fees by a licensed structural engineer are additional.
- Good design adds value to your home and reduces construction costs.