THE DESIGN-BUILD PROCESS
QUALITY FROM START TO FINISH
Starting a new construction project can be a daunting task, but with a Design & Build firm, we can guide you through the whole process, from concept to completion, including budgeting.
Our team of designers, draftsmen, and interior designers can help you plan every aspect of your project, including preliminary designs and schematics, obtaining variances to comply with local zoning restrictions, selecting materials to use for your project, obtaining permits, designing complete 2D architectural plans and elevations as well as 3D renderings, and writing a complete preliminary budget during the initial concept phase.
You will begin by completing a design questionnaire. This gives us an idea of the scope of your project as well as your wants and needs including budget and timeline.
Feel free to send us your inspiration photos or sketches. If you have original plans we can scan them in-office or your can scan a copy for us at ARC Document Solutions
or Kinkos in San Rafael. That way we can get started immediately on your Conceptual Hand Draft.
THE FIRST STEP
-A free 1-hour on-site consultation-
Before our Introductory Meeting we conduct a Project Assessment. This gives us a good idea about expansion opportunities and includes city required setbacks, zoning information, plot maps, lot coverage and existing floor area.
Our Contractor, Principle Designer and Associate Designer will visit your job-site to discuss your wants and needs. At this point, we take pictures of the rooms to refer back to later and prioritize the work needed to be accomplished within your given budget.
The meeting will go over our design-build process and provide insight into how we set up our bid proposal. After the first meeting, you will receive a Design-budget breakdown cost for the measure up, conceptual design and for the full design.
FLOOR PLAN MEASURE-UP
We require a scaled floor plan to do our conceptual hand drafts. If you already have one scaled at 1/4” per 1’ then you will not need a measure up. A measure up done by G Design will include a scaled digital floor plan that any Designer or Contractor can use in the future.
The cost breakdown is typically based on the sq. ft. of the home and how many levels it is. For example:
$0.70 per sq ft. - Each Additional floor is $300.00
$0.70 x 2,000sq ft. + $300.00 (2 Floors) = $2,000.00
The Conceptual Hand-Draft includes a preliminary floor plan based on our joint collaboration with your budget in mind. The follow-up Design Meeting is included in the conceptual fee.
Typical Pricing Breakdown:
House Remodel/Addition Conceptual Fee
-$0.70 per sq. ft. Entire House-
- Each Additional Floor is $300.00
(2,000sq.ft. House + 500sq.ft. Addition) x $0.70 + $300 (2 Floors) = $2,350.00
Kitchen/Bath Conceptual Fee
If you only have a kitchen & bath remodel the fee will increase to $1.50 per sq. ft.
(Kitchen 150sq.ft. + Bath 50sq.ft.) x $1.50 = $300.00
FOLLOW-UP DESIGN MEETING
This meeting reviews the conceptual drawing and helps us learn more about you and define any small details that were not previously discussed. If you would like to see the adjustments re-drafted before signing contract we charge an hourly fee of $100.00.
At this point we will write a comprehensive budget for the project outlining in detail the scope of each phase of the job. The detailed construction budget will be charged at $100 per page.
This meeting will include you, the G Design Team, and the Contractor from G Family, Inc at the G Family Office. During this meeting, we will work together with G Family to walk though the budget and overall process, establish what the expectations are for the finishes and where the flexibility is within the budget.
We will also show you our 3D model walk-through on our CAD program.
There will be two contracts, one for Design from G Design, LLC and one for Construction from G Family,Inc. Initially we will only sign a design contract even though both the design and build contracts will be presented to you for review.
This allows you to bid out the construction portion to other contractors at the time of design completion. This also allows us to adjust the construction bid if any unforeseen changes are made by the city. We typically remain within 10% of our initial budget.