Crunching the numbers
With the scope of work clearly defined, we go over the architectural and structural plans to prepare a preliminary proposal. This will give you a general idea of what the cost of the scope will be. Once reviewed and discussed, adjustments to the scope can be made based on any new or changing ideas or to stay within your budget. Once approved we begin the bidding process with our sub-contractors to obtain final numbers for our official proposal. We stay in close communitcation with the client(s), the architect/designer, and the interior designers to answer questions that present themselves in the process.
Staying within your budget
Putting the associated costs to your dream build can be a splash of cold water. The preliminary estimate is useful to give you a starting place to make any refinements to stay within your budget, if need be. Anything from floor plan changes to alleviate engineering costs, finish material adjustments, breaking the project into phases, or narrowing the scope are all ways to trim costs.