1. Complimentary In-Home Consultation
One of our design professionals will come to your home and help assess your needs. We examine your lifestyle and the goals of your home improvement project while suggesting solutions and ideas on how best to move forward. Preliminary budget requirements will be discussed, as well as our general process.
2. Design, Material, Selections, and Budget
Once we’ve established that Aaron & Co is an excellent match for your project, we will enter the Design Development phase. During this, we will gain a more in-depth understanding of your existing space and project goals by taking accurate measurements, generating architectural floor plans, and continue with more in-depth surveys about the level of finishes and style desired. During this process, we will present you with estimated project budgets based on the designs. This ensures that we are designing within your budget.
After we have isolated the preliminary design that best suits your needs, we continue to collaborate with you and your family to select every feature, material, appliance, and fixture that will go into your project and develop construction documents. At this point, the final cost for your project is presented based on the final design and finishes that were developed and selected. This final cost is guaranteed because we’re very confident about our level of planning at this point.
Before construction starts, we hold a quick meeting with you that serves as an introduction to the production team and your project manager. During this meeting, we cover all of the key information needed to complete a successful project. Lines of communication, material and tool storage, dust protection, work hours, and special requests are all gone over to ensure that you are not only happy with the final built product but the construction process as well.
Communication is the keystone to any successful remodeling project. We want to make sure that you are in constant communication with your Project Manager. Therefore, we schedule weekly or bi-weekly routine meetings for your project to go over any coordination points and answer any questions you have that arise during construction.
4. Substantial Completion Walk-through
Throughout the construction process, we will walk through with you to list any items that require attention. Our goal is to have a “Zero Punchlist” at the final walk of the project, meaning the project is just the way you want it. We believe that it is not your job to find our blemishes, but our job to deliver a great project.
5. Post Construction Wrap Up
We let you experience and enjoy your new space for a few weeks and schedule a sit down meeting in your home to gather feedback on how you feel the project was executed from design through completion so that we can continue to improve and serve you even better during your next project.
Often, construction will settle with your project materials expanding and contracting due to the change in seasons. This may caulk minor separation in caulking or cracking in drywall or stucco. This is why Aaron & Co. provides a 2-year workmanship warranty for all of our projects. We will contact you periodically after your project is completed to ensure that we have made you as happy as possible.
The Design-Build Process
You’ve heard the rumors from friends and relatives: “It took twice as long and cost three times as much.” The primary reasons for this are lack of planning, starting the project before decisions are made, and most importantly, not sticking to a predetermined schedule.
The Traditional Approach
In contrast, the traditional method involves an option for the homeowner to bid the project work out to separate contractors or specialists, yet they may not know one another nor are they working together, so the design and budget goals may not sync up. Also, because there is no central project communications hub, this lack of team cohesiveness may lead to time delays or conflicts between project design and execution.
It Takes a Village
“Alone we can do little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
A beautiful finished project shows the end result, a culmination of the combined efforts of many specialized individuals. What those outside of a project don’t see are all the thoughts, ideas, and solutions that go on before, during, and sometimes after the project is complete, to produce a space worthy of a delighted client. Every project is customized for our clients, and every project is unique. The common denominator is that planning ahead and enlisting the expert eyes of our respective team members produces outstanding results.
An All-Around Exceptional Product is Our Focus
Aaron & Co’s design-build method allows all the members on your project to be involved from the very start, working toward the same goal. We understand how decisions made in the design stage affect the feasibility and budget parameters that will present themselves when we start detailed estimating. Ultimately, your budget is directly related to your needs and wants, but we will take care to be an advisor and be mindful of your investment throughout the process.
Advantages of Design-Build
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) has identified a number of advantages to design-build over traditional design-bid-build: “This simple but fundamental difference saves money and time by transforming the relationship between designers and builders into an alliance which fosters collaboration and teamwork.”
- There exists a single point of accountability from initial consultation through project completion.
- Communication is streamlined due to the design and construction administration being done by a collaborative team.
- Because the builder is part of the design process, the team can work together sourcing a combination of artistic and value-oriented products. Installation questions and issues that may drive cost are also discussed in this stage of the process.
- There is an increase in simple communication, and design changes go through a smoother process to assure accurate execution.
- With the team-build approach, there is a better opportunity to build to the desired investment level.
- Most importantly, the builder and designer are on the same team rather than adversaries, which assures a better end result: a happy customer, a customer for life.