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SERVICE OVERVIEW

Residential design begins with a conversation and ends with detailed drawings that are ready to bid and build.  Our first step is a “look-see” meeting to walk through your space and talk about your goals, so that I (Wendy) can determine the level and scope of your design needs.  After that initial meeting I can write up a proposal outlining the steps and costs of the design process.

Schematic plans (for contractor ESTIMATES):  At our first working meeting, we will continue the design discussion:  what currently works and does not work, what your goals and priorities are, and what you have in mind for budget. I will measure and photograph the areas involved (and adjacent areas) and draw the existing on CAD, then begin re-configuring the space  to improve aesthetics and function (or design and integrate the new space, if an addition is in mind). The new layout is presented to you in plan as well as in 3D renderings to help you visualize.  We will likely do some revising of this plan until you’re satisfied with the general layout, and then your schematic drawings will be ready for getting realistic estimates from a contractor (Larry, if he is available for your project and timetable, and/or any other contractors you choose.)  If estimates are coming in over budget, we can take a look at cost-saving measures and revise the layout if needed.

Contract Drawings (for BIDS/CONTRACTING):  Once estimates are in your budget ballpark, we will begin to focus on details such as types of finishes, cabinetry details, and lighting.  Schematic plans become contract drawings as I add finer dimensions and notes about equipment and finishes, trims, and any additional drawing sheets needed for permitting or design clarity.  This added level of detail and decision-making is needed to minimize the need for change orders and added costs later, and to make sure your contract covers everything you’re expecting and assuming.

Interior Design Assistance: Many of our clients enjoy visiting showrooms and choosing colors and materials on their own, but if you have neither the time nor the inclination to make these decisions on your own, I can help you on an hourly basis as needed.

WHY CHOOSE US

With over 20 years of design training and field experience and a good handle on construction methods, I balance aesthetic goals with budget and practicality.

  • Creative problem solving
  • Collaborative approach to design; I want to hear your ideas!
  • Your plans belong to you and can be bid by any contractor
  • Prompt responses to questions and personal attention
  • A clear and descriptive design contract keeps you informed and abreast of design time and costs

POPULAR QUESTIONS

  • If I use Shank Building and Design to do my design/drawings, can I decide to use a different contractor?

    Of course!  We can do your design OR we can do your building OR we can do both.  You are not tied to using both sides of our services.

  • How much will design cost?

    Drawing costs vary by type and size of job and extent of services.  I will need to meet with you to discuss your project and your service needs, so I can estimate cost for your design package.  Projected costs will be calculated by comparing recent similar drawing jobs and figuring the actual design hours needed to complete the design.  As a rule of thumb, design development and schematic drawings (suitable for cost estimating) for a large project may cost only about 2% of the cost of the building project, while full contract/permit drawings (suitable for bidding/contracting) for smaller, detailed spaces such as bathrooms and kitchens will be closer to 6% of the cost of the building project.  Interior design help–choosing equipment and materials/colors–are separate from this cost.

  • How does a design contract work? How do you charge?

    I charge by the hour.  After visiting your property to assess what kind of services and drawings are needed, I will write up a contract that outlines an estimated total of hours for each phase of the design/drawing process, from measure-up through contract drawings.  If you decide to proceed, I ask for a 25% retainer ($500 minimum), which is held on account until the final billing.  If you decide to halt work at any point, any unused hours/funds will be returned to you.

  • Can't I do a remodel without drawings?

    There may be very simple “face lift” projects that can be contracted without any drawings, yes.  However, if you are moving walls and/or openings or in any way re-configuring your floor plan, clear plans keep unwelcome surprises to a minimum, because one of their chief jobs is communication.  They also help you make the best use of your space and enable you to visualize via 3D renderings.  Furthermore, the design process often yields options that work better than what might have occurred to you.  Building and remodeling is expensive; good planning and design protect and maximize your investment.

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