Our Design Build Process

Who is Jack Dever?

My wife Jennifer and I live in Kirtland with our two children Alyssa and Jack Jr. When not working I love to spend time with my family, playing golf (although not so well) and continuing my education. For over 30 years I have served my clients in many construction and property management capacities, here are my list of experiences and credentials:

  • Undergraduate program, Business Management at Cleveland State University
  • President – Dever Design & Build, LLC (est. 1990) – Design, Build & Remodel Services
  • President – Dever Properties, Inc. (1995-2000) – REO & HUD Property Maintenance
  • Producer & Host – The Home Solutions Show (2005-2010) – Home Improvement Radio Show
  • Correspondent – Fox 8 Cleveland (est. 2011) – Home Improvement Topics and How To’s
  • Associations – National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Professional Remodelers of Ohio, Cleveland Restoration Society, local Chambers of Commerce, Cleveland Area Networking and Referral Group, BNI
  • Certification – Ohio Certified Lead-Base Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting: Certification #R-I-18350-10-02676
  • Approved Builder for the Cleveland Restoration Society Heritage Home Program

My advice to homeowners is simply this: Do what you do best, work hard at your profession, take care of your family, and let my wealth of experience go to work for you.

How I Serve My Clients

I serve my clients in the traditional design/build manner, which is detailed below.

Please note, I oversee each one of my clients projects personally, and my company only manages larger scale residential projects like custom kitchens, master baths/suites, room additions, whole house remodeling, basement remodeling and dedicated theatre rooms, as well as commercial additions/alterations projects, so clients must have a minimum budget of $50,000 for any size project that they might be considering.

Every project is unique, so there is no exact formula I use to what a project will cost until we go through the steps described below in the Design/Build Service. But, to give you an idea on what typical projects cost, here is an example: Complete demo and rebuild kitchens and larger baths start around $50K (we do not supply appliances, so if you want to replace your appliances, add that cost to the project). Basement finish/remodels depend on the total finished area and what types of rooms are included, but start at around $60K with a rec-room, office, storage spaces, etc. (cannot have a bedroom without an egress window installed); if adding a bathroom or kitchen in the basement, the cost will increase and will depend greatly if plumbing lines are in place or not. 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.

Design/Build Service

From our first meeting and through the entire design/build process, I will personally manage every detail for 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, we will tour the work area of your home, and possibly inspect the home foundation and mechanicals. I may take some initial photos and measurements, and fill out a questionnaire that will help me better understand your needs to complete a successful project. If you have original drawings for your home, please make them available for our meeting. I’ll then provide you a range of what the project may cost. Due to the unknown design factors and the amount of time involved in preparing a written estimate, I cannot provide a free written estimate (we also don’t provide free estimates using drawings/sketches provided by potential clients). In order to determine exact costs for a fixed price contract, I will provide you a design service agreement (see below). I typically allow one hour for the free consultation meeting.

Design Phase.

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.

The design services will be broken down into two phases. During the first phase I will schedule a meeting at your home with me and my designer to gather pertinent information for your project, so that my designer can prepare schematic drawings that will help me prepare a ballpark estimate; which helps us establish a budget for the project.   Based on the determined budget, we can enter the last phase of design, which is the preparation of final drawings, make final product selections, conduct trades meeting(s) if required, etc., all to help us establish the final scope of work and construction contract fixed price. NOTE: We do not provide free drawings/sketches at any point before, during or after the design phase.   NOTE: You do not have to commit to the final phase of design after we complete the initial phase, and you don’t have to sign the construction contract after we complete both phases of design, the decisions are up to you in how far you want my company to serve you.

My company will purchase, supply and install ALL material and labor for your project, similar in quality to the existing home. We do not provide or refurbish appliances, light fixtures or audio/video equipment, we have vendors we can recommend if you need further assistance in selecting/purchasing those items separately. 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.).

I look forward to earning your business..

Jack Dever

Dever Design & Build is a Custom Residential Design & Build Company
Celebrating Over 30 Years in Business

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