I know that you will be giving me an overall estimate for my project but will that estimate be broken down item by item?
Technically we do not given an item by item breakdown because complex renovation projects have many individual variables. These variables are often affected by the choices you will make along the way. At Dureiko, we have found that it makes sense to help our clients assess the value of various design options and discuss how they impact the larger project budget rather than looking at costs on an item by item basis. This type of back and forth dialogue allows our clients the greatest amount of control over costs.
How does the design process work? See Design Process.
What items affect the cost of a project the most? How can I keep these costs reasonable?
Many items can affect the costs of your project but the good news is you have the power to keep them in line with your budget. Components such as kitchen and bathroom cabinets, counter surfaces, tile, fixtures and lighting can vary wildly in cost. So when reviewing these options, look at how they meet your design and budget criteria. You may decide to stay with more standard options or upgrade to items you simply feel are worth the investment. We can help you find a balance of style and affordability.
What is a good rule of thumb for figuring out how much my project will cost? Is it square footage? Type of project? The finishes I choose?
There is no real rule of thumb. Every project has a unique combination of factors that determine the final price. While some other companies use a basic dollars-per-square-foot as a “guesstimate,” we have found that method to be highly inaccurate and often results in “surprises” for the client.
Our approach is to look at the initial scope of the work and compare it to similar projects we’ve completed. From there we add variables based on design options and the existing finishes in your home. We’ve found that this process produces a very reliable estimate.
How often do you update me on the progress of the project?
Project updates, which outline key decisions, changes and/or any cost increases and decreases, are issued at the conclusion of all design and project meetings. This eliminates any surprises about schedule or cost. Since we have someone on site every day, there are also a number of opportunities to touch base and get answers to any recent questions that arise. Communication with our clients is constant via email, phone and face-to-face meetings. We know that communication is key to customer satisfaction.
How do I know when I need to make decisions in the process?
Our project plan will help guide you to when decisions have to be made. We’ll alert you in advance of those important decision points and make sure you have plenty of time and assistance to make an informed choice.
Will my project come in on budget?
Everyone has heard horror stories of projects that go way over budget. The beauty of the design and build process is that it allows us to control budget issues before your project begins. In initial meetings with clients, we’ll typically define a target budget. Then, as the design is refined, the budget will become more precise, so that once the project begins you can count on your renovation staying within the final budget. We do recommend that you budget between 5-10% after construction begins to allow for upgrades and “while you are here” items that you want to address while we are working in your home.
What happens if there are problems after you are finished?
We want our clients to be clients for life. That’s why we stand behind our work long after the project is completed. In fact, we have a standard “one year warranty” which allows us to fine tune anything that needs adjustment or make any repairs that are necessary during the first year. Of course, we’ll always be happy to look at or assess any problems after that one year warranty and will work with you to make sure you get the results you want.
If I (we) have trouble making choices will you help?
Yes. Every remodeling project requires making choices from the largest design considerations to the smallest details. It can feel overwhelming. As a way to help you through the process, Dureiko will develop a project plan that plots all client decision points and assigns dates to those junctures.
Once we begin the project, will someone be here at my house every day?
Yes. Dan Dureiko will be project managing your project. It is his job to be familiar with every aspect of your home renovation and to oversee the work every day. Your project is his top priority and he is available to answer questions and address any concerns. Of course, additional carpenters, crafts people and building professionals will also be coming and going over the span of the project – and they will report directly to Dan.
How am I going to be able to live in the space when you are working on it?
We know that home renovation can be very disruptive. That’s why we work very hard to minimize the hassle of living through construction by setting up customized systems to shield your home, yard, children, pets and personal items from dust and debris. In fact, during many renovations, we will even construct a temporary kitchen to allow your life to go on as uninterrupted as possible.