Discover the Better Builders Remodeling Process
If you’re thinking about remodeling your Seattle-area home, you need a design/build firm to help you get from start to finish. At Better Builders, we strive to offer the best client experience before, during, and after every project so you can remodel with confidence.
If you’re interested in our services, fill out our online contact form. Following a phone call to gather information from you, we’ll send a project developer to complete an in-person, on-site visit. The design process truly begins once we determine we’re the right fit for your home remodeling needs! Learn more about this process, and how easy and fun it is to remodel your home with Better Builders.
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1. Designer Interview
The project developer and an interior designer meet with you virtually to discuss what you envision for the space. We also touch on your aesthetic preferences and encourage you to create inspiration boards using sites like Pinterest and Houzz.
2. Project Estimates & Design Agreement
The designer produces a design proposal, estimated lead times, and initial cost estimates based on the information gathered during the designer interview. The designer hands off this information to the project developer, who then compiles a design agreement.
At this point, we request a pricing services payment so we can compile a detailed and accurate cost estimate, price breakdown, and written scope of the work. Once we complete these pricing services later in the design process, we will provide a fixed cost agreement, so you know exactly what your total investment will be before construction begins. If you move forward with us, we will apply your pricing services payment to construction costs.
3. Schematic Design
The schematic design phase is about changing the form and function of your space so it works better for you. First, we measure and document your existing space. While on-site, we discuss your functional goals and determine how you want the space to feel. We also help you select layouts and products for your remodel.
4. Design Development
We focus on your aesthetic desires during this phase, developing a specification list of all the fixtures and finishes you want. By gaining a deeper understanding of your preferences and goals, we can pin down every last detail of your project, from bathroom tile and closet dimensions to doorknobs and cabinet hardware. This is the lengthiest phase of the design process and may also include visiting showrooms and viewing samples to help you make the best selections.
5. Conceptual & Construction Drawings
Our designer uses computer-aided design (CAD) software to produce detailed conceptual drawings and 3D walkthroughs to help you visualize the finished product. We also present construction drawings to the production team and city permitting offices to ensure every last detail is accounted for.
6. Project Management & Construction
Your designated project manager prices, plans, and coordinates everything before construction begins. We work closely with you when creating the schedule to make sure it works for you. Upon signing the construction agreement, work can begin! Expect your project manager to maintain consistent and effective communication from start to finish via weekly meetings. We promise to address all issues and concerns promptly.
As construction begins, our team seals off work areas to prevent dust and debris from leaving the construction zone. We also clean up after ourselves at the end of each workday to maximize cleanliness and safety.
7. Installation & Walk-Through
The designer returns to install the finishing touches once construction is complete. If we helped you source new furniture, this is when we coordinate bringing those pieces into your home. If you’re using your existing furniture, the designer arranges the room to meet your needs.
During the final walkthrough, you’ll receive a certificate for Better Builders’ five-year craftsmanship warranty. Our job isn’t complete until you’re in love with how we brought your space to life!