When you’ve decided on a location, your first step will usually be to find an architect who can help you decide on an overall vision for your space, and create the detailed plans needed to ensure they can be turned into reality. Once the plans are finalized, we can review and provide a proposal.
Sometimes smaller projects can be implemented without plans, but if you have any questions we’ll address that during our consultation call.
Plans are the first step. The architect should provide specifications so that all building estimates you receive are apples-to-apples, and materials are standardized and up to code (fire, building, Americans with Disabilities Act, etc.). We will review your plans, develop an estimate and preliminary schedule, and create a proposal for your consideration.
One the proposal is approved, we will collect a deposit and contact the local municipality to pull a building permit.
Unoccupied spaces take the least time, since we don’t need to work around your business operation. Some may take as few as 2-3 weeks, depending on site availability, scope of work, as well as subcontractor and material availability. Occupied spaces, where we may need to work after hours, or have less flexibility in scheduling subcontractor access, are more complex and take longer to complete.
Our proposal will break down all the costs. Your peace of mind is a priority for us. We know that you have plenty to think about when launching a new space—and budget surprises don’t fit the plan!
That’s why we cover all the details in your estimate, rather than providing an average cost-per-square-foot, as some builders do. We’ll always work with you to suggest alternatives if the originally-planned features or materials stretch your budget too far.
Note: Sometimes customers are surprised by the difference in cost between residential and commercial construction. There are, however, good reasons for the gap:
We’ve helped repair plenty of problems that stemmed from people trying to DIY their spaces—and from contractors without commercial experience, too. Failed inspections, short-lived materials, and outright danger to occupants are risks no business needs to take.
You’ll receive prompt updates on progress for each week, and for any changes that arise during the project, by phone, text or email—whatever method you prefer. And major stages will typically include a walk-through together so you can see the progress and we can answer any questions.