Defining the scope of a project is critical, because it determines complexity of the project, the regulatory involvement (e.g. permits, inspections, etc.), and the time and budget needed to complete the project. At this stage, it is important to determine what’s included in the project, as well as what is excluded, and all parties involved need to agree about the scope of the project.
After determining the project scope with the customer, we work with architects and various professionals (e.g. structural, civil, soils, sound engineers, arborists, naturalists, green planners etc.) to put together a plan that would meet the customer’s requirement, work through the planning / building process of the project city, and be buildable in the most cost and time-effective manner.
Contractors generally don’t get involved at this stage, because they can’t bill the client, since no construction has started yet. We work with you from the very start, because proper scoping helps cut through red tape and avoid surprises later on.
We work with architects and CAD drafters from the very start of the project, and we know how to save you money from the very start. Contact us to find out how we can help you.
By this stage, we have received a building permit, with an expiration date. We start to develop a tight budget and lining up resources. The construction industry works on the concept of trades (e.g. electrical, plumbing, drywall, paint, roofing, etc.), and the State of California defines 41 trades. We work with high quality sub-contractors from each trade to build a budget for the client, and to determine the entire time-frame of the project.
While the client often has just the end result in mind, we determine the various steps that lead to that result, and we optimize every step for cost and schedule. We employ project management software and identify critical path items that need special emphasis and attention.
We have relationships in place with various financial institutions and can recommend the best options to you. For “green” projects involving insulation, paint, roofing and solar, Federal and State rebates can reduce the cost of the project by 30% to 50%.
We can have your project financed through the PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program offered by various counties in the state of California - your investment in “green” projects is rolled into your property taxes. 100% financing, no out of pocket cost – the balance can transfer to new owner upon sale - no credit score requirement - no income verification - no debt to income ratio - low fixed payments - no prepayment penalty. Contact us for details.