Frequently Asked Questions
DO YOU HAVE A TIMELINE FOR THE DESIGN PHASE?
Timing varies by job complexity and individual city permitting processes but in most cases we project 4-6 months. This includes all architectural design phases, cost estimating, and permit application.
DO YOU MANAGE THE PERMIT PROCESS?
Yes we do, both the design consultants' submissions and the various municipal discretionary reviews related to permit approval; CA T-24 energy calculations, coastal commission, public hearings if required.
DO YOU GET INVOLVED IN SPECIFYING THE VARIOUS FINISH ITEMS AND SPECIFICATIONS OR IS THIS SOMETHING THE CLIENT DOES? (flooring, cabinetry/countertops, fixtures, etc.)?
Over the years we have developed a variety of approaches depending on the needs, interests, and time availability of the individual clients to help smooth the process and minimize client stress and anxiety with selections and timely procurement. We also offer in-house interior design support on an as-needed basis.
DO YOU HELP US EVALUATE VARIOUS DESIGN AND STRUCTURAL SOLUTIONS FOR OUR DESIGN IDEAS TO HELP US REDUCE CONSTRUCTION COST?
Absolutely. Final design solutions are tempered by the fact that we are responsible for not only design but the construction as well. We are not shy about suggesting changes and alternate design approaches to our clients ideas that preserve the design intent but simplify construction and therefore cost. This ability is one of the strengths of the design/build process.
WE HEAR THAT THE LOCAL SUBCONTRACTOR MARKET IS VERY BUSY AND THAT THEIR PRICES CAN VARY WILDLY. HOW DO YOU ADDRESS THIS CHALLENGE?
- First, we maintain long term relationships with our key subcontractors and suppliers that helps us with respectful pricing and scheduling priority.
- Second, as experienced and capable construction managers we make the sub’s jobs easier and more profitable for them; by constant communication regarding scheduling, minimizing jobsite confusion, and an understanding of how to properly prep work to best accommodate the particular subcontractor’s needs.