Our Design Build Process

My name is Jack Dever, owner of Dever Design & Build, and I welcome the opportunity to explore your project. Here you will learn how my company typically serves our clients through Our Design/Build Process, as well as receive insight as to what our client’s projects typically cost. My company’s long history of trusted construction expertise in the Northeast Ohio area, combined with the experience of our team of professional craftsmen is your best choice for completing your project on time and on budget. I look forward to earning your business.

From our first meeting and through the entire design/build process, I will personally manage every detail for your project. I will not hand your project off to a sales person or project manager, I will work with you one on one, to be your sole contact, and oversee every facet of your project to insure that your expectations are exceeded.
I ask that all decision makers for your project attend all meetings, as everyone has different opinions/ideas on what should be accomplished, so it’s best that everyone is involved for every meeting.

First On-Site Meeting

During our first meeting, the free construction consultation, I will fill out a Client Survey, as well as gather other pertinent information for your project. The Client Survey is a series of questions that will help me better understand you and what you want to accomplish for your project. If you have drawings for your home, please make them available for our meeting. I typically allow one hour for the first free consultation meeting.

After Our First Meeting

If your project involves remodeling an existing space(s) within your home, like a kitchen, bath, basement, etc., I will prepare a free written ballpark estimate for your project tailored to fit within range of your investment budget amount that you will provide during the Client Survey. Knowing what dollars you want to invest into your project is the only way I can properly prepare a scope of work for the ballpark estimate.

Second On-Site Meeting

I will present the ballpark estimate at this meeting and it will be based upon the initial site observance and my professional opinion related to a scope of work that might be performed. The ballpark estimate price will only be an approximate since accurate construction costs and a final total price can only be determined after possible drawings are prepared, product selections and job specifications have been completed.

To determine exact costs for a fixed price contract, I will also present a design service agreement during this second meeting. The design service agreement will help us finalize all remaining details, like final design considerations, product selections, and if applicable I’ll also conduct a trades meeting at your home to define the scope of work, etc. I can then prepare final job specifications, estimate final job sales price and present to you for your final approval and signatures. The design service agreement is a fee based service, which is credited back to you if you sign the construction contract at the time of presentation.

If your project is large in nature requiring architectural drawings, like remodeling a whole house, room addition, custom project, etc., we will discuss the project details so that I can submit a design service agreement at our next meeting. Due to the unknown design factors and the amount of time involved in preparing ballpark estimates for large scale projects, I cannot provide a free written ballpark estimate (we also don’t provide free estimates using rough drawings/sketches provided by potential clients). However, the design services will be broken down into two phases. During the first phase we will prepare schematic drawings so that I can prepare a ballpark estimate, which helps us establish a budget for the project. Based on the determined budget, we will enter the last phase of design, which is the preparation of final construction-ready drawings, make final product selections, conduct trades meeting, etc., all to help us establish the final scope of work and construction contract fixed price.

The design service fees typically range from $1000-$2000 for smaller projects like baths, $1000-$3000 for mid-sized projects like kitchens and basements, $4000-$5000 for room additions, $5000-$7000 for addition/alteration projects, custom and larger projects will need to be discussed further to provide a firm quote.

My company will purchase, supply and install all material and labor for your project, similar in quality to the existing home. I will provide a total fixed price only (not itemized) for any documents related for your project (i.e. ballpark estimate, construction contract, change orders, etc.).

What will my project cost?

Every project is unique, so there is no exact formula we use to what a project will cost until we go through the steps described above. But, to give you an idea on what typical projects cost, here are some examples:
Average sized kitchens typically cost around $50K for a complete demo and rebuild project, which includes new cabinets, granite countertops, tile flooring and backsplash, new lighting, trim work, drywall/painting, etc. Remove and replace kitchen remodels can be done for around $40K, a smaller kitchen and scope of work will cost less. We do not supply appliances, so if you want to replace your appliances, add that cost to the kitchen remodel.
Typical bath remodels are around $25K, costs go up when you include custom tiled showers and larger spaces. Master baths are more difficult to determine without fully knowing the size of the space and all of the design considerations and fixtures involved, but they can range from $30K for a simple project to upwards to $50K or more for the more elaborate projects.

Basement finish/remodels depend on the total finished area and what types of rooms are included. Start at around $50SF for your typical 1000SF basement with a rec-room and office (cannot have a bedroom without an egress window installed). Smaller spaces may increase the SF price. If we are adding a bathroom in the basement, add another $10K or more if the plumbing lines have already been roughed in, more if we need to rough in the plumbing lines. Most basement finish/remodel projects are around $50-$60K.

Room additions vary greatly… 1 or 2 story, 1st floor or 2nd floor addition, what type of rooms are being added, type of foundation (slab, crawl or basement), size of the new space, accessibility to the construction site, amount of demo involved, new heating/cooling system required, etc. On average they start at $200-$300+SF, to get the SF price to come down requires a larger space, “easy” work, with no kitchen/bath as an example. Again, it’s best to enter the two phase design service described above for larger projects like room additions, there’s just too many variables involved.

Thank you, I’ll do my very best to earn your business.

Jack Dever
Owner
Dever Design & Build

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