So, you’ve met with Greg or Dane a few weeks ago and have been (patiently?) waiting to see what ideas they may present for your kitchen or bathroom remodel project. Depending on the size of the project, you will be presented with either a Design Retainer or a Proposal. This article will focus specifically on the Design Retainer process.
If your project is larger and requires walls to be built or removed, a Design Retainer will be your next step. This could be the case for basement finishes or when a kitchen remodel requires adjusting the layout on the first floor. A Design Retainer allows us to design intelligently and accurately estimate the project cost. The important work completed in the design process leads to more accurate budgets, a design you envisioned, maximum return on your investment, and better planning by us.
If you decide to work with GMH on your project, we will set an appointment for a field measure. Depending on the scope of work, we may bring in a designer whom we think is best suited for your project. During the measuring meeting, we review the project goals, measure the rooms, and photograph the existing layout and features, including the mechanicals such as electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems.
After the field measure and site review, there will be a few design review meetings starting with a review of the basic proposed layout options. Over the course of these meetings, your design will evolve from a general concept to specific details. Floor plans, elevations, and perspectives help you visualize your project.
After creating a plan and design matching your vision, the scope of work and project budget are refined. You will then receive a list of selections and allowances to begin meeting with our local vendors and interior designers to finalize selections of finishes, products, and materials.
By the end of these meetings, you will have a completed design and selections that you absolutely LOVE and can’t wait to live in!