At R&R Chicago Design-Build we aimed to create a simple, transparent, and informative process for busy home & business owners. In traditional contracting, known as design-bid-build, the architect, general contractor, owner, and subcontractors represent different steps in the process – all with their own ideas and findings.
However with Design-Build, all 4 parties are sitting at the table from Day 1. Communication is easier, time is spent more efficiently, factors that contribute to rising costs are eliminated or explored before plans are drawn, and the process moves far smoother than the old methods.
Learn more about our process below and if you feel we’re a good fit, schedule a 30 minute consultation with us (it’s free) and we’ll provide you with a road map to success.
We will review your project scope, timeline and all considerations and offer a clear, simple road map to success.
Pre-Estimate & Design Contract
After our intial consultation, if we feel your project is a good fit, we compile a ballpark cost estimate of your project with alternative options within your budget. We also send over an information packet and design contract to start the next step in the process. Once the contract is signed, we begin the:
Design & Pricing Phase
Our Design & Pricing phase, the pre-construction work necessary to get you an accurate fixed cost proposal begins with a 60 min in-person discovery. We thoroughly investigate your home or business, take all necessary measurements, dive into the details of your scope of work, explore all alternatives, and conclude with a few worksheets to help us finalize major decisions before the next meeting.
Space Planning & Material Selections
The next 2 meetings cover the proposed new layout, putting the finishing touches on the floor plan, finalizing major decisions, choosing all material, and if required, applying for permits and beginning architectural drawings. Budgets can and will change in this phase based on the decisions you make.
Once architectural plans, if required, are completed, we schedule walkthroughs. We take all the information we’ve collected and hand select pre-qualified teams of contractors, 2-3 per trade, to bid on the project. We have numerous crews that we work with but not all are a good fit for you. We also insure that all crews will be bidding on the exact same scope so we can easily see who’s estimates are the best.
Fixed Cost Proposal
After receiving hard numbers from our crews, we finalize any architectural plans, and any new details related to the scope. Our team then creates a fixed cost proposal – which is an exact price for the scope of work and materials that you selected for your project. We set up a final meeting to review this proposal. You do not have to use our firm for the construction. If you choose to go another direction, we provide you with the plans, material selections, 3D design, and scope of work and you’re free to use anyone you’d like to complete the project. If you’re happy with our work and price, you can sign the proposal after 3 days. Which then takes us to:
Construction begins! With everything planned out, plans and permits acquired, schedules made, materials ordered, daily on-site manager dispatched, you can finally sit back and relax. Construction can last anywhere from 4-24 weeks, with an average of 4-12 weeks, depending on the type of project (longer for new construction). You can easily follow along the construction process through your owners portal that gives you access to daily photos and reports as well as communication from the team.
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