Not too long ago, a number of Design Build companies started to emerge in the DFW metro area. “Design Build” is a term that is widely used in the remodeling and residential construction industry, but we noticed that a lot of these newer companies had a different understanding of what Design Build means than we did. For many, it simply means selecting materials and providing a “budget allowance” estimate. Often, these budgets are too small, and when the work begins, the homeowners are caught off guard by a lot of surprises and left with cost and time overages, as well as unforeseen inconveniences.
Remodeling and construction projects always begin the same way: when we agree to take on a project for a client, we estimate how much the project will cost and how long it will take to complete. If the client agrees to these terms, we get to work.
Occasionally, during the remodeling journey, we must use a change order to adjust our initial estimate or contract. A change order is a formal request to change the amount of time and/or funds that are needed to complete a project.
I want to thank my friend and client, Haney Bell, who made the time to challenge me with a question earlier this month. The question was very simple. “What is your vetting process for hiring your trades, in this case your plumber?” he asked.
Caught off guard, I fired off a list to answer his question—the ideals, practices, and processes we always use at Euro Design Build to be sure that the people we hire are the type you can trust with your home. They must meet all our highest standards, particularly in our commitment to uncompromising attention to detail, excellence, and service.
Mr. and Mrs. Jones had worked with our design team for over a year on a plan to renovate their home and build an addition. One day near the end of the process, they came in with a very specific budget, much lower than the previous design had specified.
“How realistic would it be to renovate our kitchen, master bathroom, and guest bathroom for this specific budget?” Mr. Jones asked.
In the season when we are counting our blessings, we would like to take a moment to count our own.
We are very blessed to have amazing employees who propel our company above a “level” we have hoped to reach for over two decades. We are very blessed and thankful to have you as our clients who trusted us to help you improve the quality of your life through the transformations of your homes. We are thankful to all of you who spoke about our unique company to your family and friends and helped us gain more quality clients. We want you to know that without you, our company would not be what it is today. Indeed, we do have a lot to be thankful for and that is the reason why Melinda and I wish to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for helping us reach our dreams and goals through our company and for being part of our lives.