If you own your home or have a ratified contract on a property, we will meet with you at the property to review your scope of work at no cost. We will then draft a proposal outlining your goals and corresponding preliminary design and construction budgets.
Making a list outlining your renovation goals and desires can help us provide you with the best proposal and the most accurate preliminary budget range. Typically, the more information, the better.
If your goals include additions to the house, please have a copy of your building plat for us. This will allow us to perform some preliminary zoning research to determine the shape and size of what will be likely within your rights to build.
While many people just have no idea of what their project is likely to cost or should cost, most people know what they can and cannot spend. Please do not be shy about sharing your construction budget with us. While we understand that this is usually a sensitive issue, ultimately it is in the best interest of everyone to get the number “on the table” as early as possible. With a sense of the budget, we will be better able to help direct you in the most sensible direction to achieve as many of your goals as possible.
Each year we build several projects designed by architects that were retained directly by homeowners. We are happy to review a set of drawings “on our dime” and provide you with a ballpark budget for construction.
The homeowner’s earnest engagement in the design process is crucial to a successful project. The more effectively you are able to articulate your wants and needs, the better we will be able to help you. We promise to listen to you and know that your opinion is the one that ultimately matters. Please also listen to the designers and draftsman who have great design insight and years of experience.
If the homeowner adds or changes the scope of work, this is handled with a change order. The value of the addition (or credit for the deletion) will be provided before the work is completed. There are circumstances when we will provide a change order for unanticipated work due to hidden existing substandard conditions. This could include such conditions as unanticipated termite or other structural damage, deteriorated plumbing, etc.
In Washington, all contractors who perform work or who advertise or submit bids in this state must be registered with the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), post a bond and carry general liability insurance coverage.
Except for the licensing of electricians and certification of plumbers, there isn’t a competency test to become a contractor in Washington State.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) | The National Association of Home Builders is a trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority. Since 1942, NAHB has been serving its members, the housing industry, and the public at large.
Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) | The Building Industry Association of Washington exists to unite those in the building industry in Washington state in their fight against a government that has made this industry among the most regulated in the nation.
Olympia Master Builders (OMB) | The Olympia Master Builders is a professional trade association whose purpose is to improve the construction industry and the business climate in which it operates. Members are dedicated to integrity, craftsmanship, and respect for the consumers, the environment, and one another.