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How Design Benefits You

  1. When you apply for city permits to start your project, drawings will be requested of you. Also referred to as "plans", these drawings show the city official what you are proposing. They must be scaled and in the industry standard, two dimensional format. The more accurate and understandable these drawings are, the better your chances of getting approval will be. It is the designer's; not your contractor's responsibility to draft these.  If you want to make structural changes, like adding a  load bearing wall, your designer will consult with either a structural engineer or an architect during the design phase. Having these drawings helps get your project moving forward from planning to the next step, implementation.
  2. Even the best word descriptions are subjective, thus they can be misunderstood. The design and construction industry has long since made drawings the language; not just words. This helps you, the city officials, the contractor and your other vendors visualize what the space should look like after the project is completed. It gets everyone on the "same page".  Have you ever heard someone say their remodel didn't turn out as they imagined it?  Good drawings protect the consumer from spending time and money only to find they didn't get what they expected in the end. With your designer's help, this won't happen to you.
  3. Do you want to price out your project to more than one contractor?  It is wise to do so, since contractor labor is a significant piece of your budget. Imagine yourself comparing bids. Won't it be easier if they are an "apples to apples" comparison?  Your designer uses drawings and specification sheets to "lock down" the material choices and the design itself. Everything is clearly specified on paper, so all the contractors will be bidding the same thing.  Only now, can you get your fair comparison. This concept also protects a contractor from other contractors who bid low, with intent to produce change orders every time you pick a better quality material, like a nicer countertop for instance. Change orders can legally propell your project over budget. With a fully specified project, the contractor has to build it for the price he bid, no excuses.
  4. Your designer acts as a liaison between you and the contractor. We always have your best interest in mind.  But we also work with your contractor to project manage the implementation of the design. Here's one example. What if your home or one of the products being installed were to spring a surprise on everyone? This will be dealt with in a collaborative problem solving session, between your designer and the general contractor.  This teamwork shelters you from concerns. 
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