In many ways, remodeling is a balancing act. Our clients’ excitement is often mixed with anxiety about this complex process. A phrase frequently heard around the office, “There is no such thing as a simple job,” reflects our understanding of these feelings. That is why our goal at TreHus is always to be sensitive to your expectations while efficiently managing all aspects of the project.
We believe that our design/build process is the best way to meet this challenge. With our system you become a key part of a team that includes a member of the TreHus architectural and design staff and a TreHus project manager/estimator. Our team members are dedicated to creating a collaborative environment and providing you with realistic expectations within your spending limits. This will allow you to make informed decisions about your design choices and will also help make the process of remodeling more enjoyable for you.
Although projects can vary greatly, from ‘just a bathroom’ to complex whole house renovations, the basic steps in the design process remain the same.
Phase 1: Feasibility Study
When you first contact TreHus we will set up a time to come visit you in your home. There is no charge for this initial meeting.
After the initial meeting, we will determine the cost of providing you with the necessary design drawings and we will present you with a design contract and proposed design schedule.
Finally, we will measure your home, take photographs, and complete our Existing Conditions Checklist. The overall concept for the work to be done will be presented for your approval. You will receive a comprehensive financial analysis and we will all have a much better idea of the scope of your project—including a budget. There is, however, still a lot of work to do!
Phase 2: Project Development
Having determined that we’re on the right track with the feasibility study, we enter the Project Development phase of your project. At this point, detailed blueprints showing structural components, an electrical plan, necessary details and elevations are developed. We will assist you in making product selections so the planning process can proceed in a timely manner.
After the blueprints are approved by you, TreHus will meet with selected subcontractors in your home and the project will be priced.
A final meeting will be held to present the final project price and construction documents to you.
Be forewarned—this is a time consuming process because so much careful planning is involved. But, this is the stage that is the most critical to a successful project.
Phase 3: Construction
After construction documents are signed, TreHus prepares a construction timeline. There will be a pre–construction meeting with you so we can carefully work through the details of beginning construction on your home. All participants are notified with a Start of Work Notice and products are ordered. Throughout the construction phase, our architectural and design staff will continue to consult with you to oversee any necessary adjustments to the project design or product selections.
Design/Build is an increasingly popular choice among homeowners and remodeling companies. And for good reason: We have found no better way of assuring that the remodeling process runs smoothly, finishes on time and on budget, and fulfills your aesthetic wishes. If you want to learn more, please contact us—we’d like to take some time to discuss your home remodeling dreams.