There are a number of steps to getting a
project completed. Simple projects may involve only a
consultation. Larger projects will likely involve all the
steps outlined below:
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for an appointment.
DETERMINE SCOPE OF WORK:
The first meeting is to walk through your project, discuss
options and opportunities, and determine the size of the
Once the scope of work is determined, we will develop
several preliminary concepts for you to review.
Estimated project costs can be reviewed at the conceptual
phase and again as the construction drawings are being
This is point when the construction details are
developed, plants are selected, and design really takes
We create bid forms with unit pricing to make sure all bids
are based on the same quantities of materials. This also
allows for easy price adjustments if the scope of work
Contractors are invited to a pre-bid meeting on site. At
this time we review the plans, site conditions, timeline,
and client expectations.
We will review the bids with you and help you determine
which contractors to select to complete your project.
During the construction phase, we make regular site visits
to monitor the progress, answer questions, and resolve
problems. At this point we are working as your advocate,
making sure the project is constructed as designed.
The work and invoices are reviewed to make sure the project
is completed per design and contract.
HOW MUCH WILL YOUR INVOLVEMENT COST?
We bill hourly at $96.00 per hour, including travel.
Design fees are usually 10% to 15% of the construction
cost. Construction observation is usually 6% to 10% of the
construction cost. The percentage is lowest with larger or
less complicated projects.
By getting “apples to apples” bids, you will
usually save 15% to 20% on the cost of the project. This
means you get the services of an experienced professional
for little or no additional net cost to your project.
WHY SHOULD I USE DESIGNSCAPES, INC. FOR
We have the education and experience to create an
exceptional project for you. This is evidenced by our track
record of averaging one major award each year since starting