Our Design-Build Process

Dever Design & Build’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.  We look forward to earning your business.

From our first meeting and through the entire design/build process, we will personally manage every detail for your project.  W will not hand your project off to a sales person or project manager, 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.  Because we manage each project, we only oversee a few projects at a time, as we will not allow the service level to ou clients to waver, again, we want to exceed your expectations.

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We will invite all decision makers for your project to 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 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. 

After Our First Meeting

If your project involves remodeling an existing space(s) within your home, like a kitchen, bath, basement, etc., we 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

We 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, we 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, we will 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 service fee depends on each project, typically fees range from $500 for smaller projects to a few thousand dollars for larger remodel projects.

If your project is large in nature, like remodeling a whole house, room addition, custom project, etc., we will discuss the project details so that we 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, we cannot provide a free written ballpark estimate.  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.

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.).

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

Jack Dever

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