I recommend that you interview more than one designer for your project face to face.
Useful information to assist you in interviewing designers:
- 10 Things to Look for When Hiring a Design Professional
- Your Guide to Residential Design Specialists
What to expect when you work with Marc’s team of professionals. We will set appointments to meet at a time and location convenient for you, in your home, the local coffee shop, or at our office. The first phase in any project is the interview. All design and building projects are different and unique. Our fees are based on the scope of work required for your custom project. We will discuss all aspects of your project. I will then recommend the scope of work and the extent of detail for the construction documents, always giving you the opportunity to make informed decisions on the amount of services that will suit your needs.
We will thoroughly evaluate the requirements for your particular project and will discuss with you all of the design costs up front. Generally, Design and Construction Document services are billed as follows: one-third down at the notice to proceed: Once the preliminaries are approved, the second 1/3 payment is due; and the final payment is due upon completion of the construction documents.
Typically, there is a period of 2-3 weeks of working time between notice to proceed / contract and scheduling of the first meeting to review the first preliminaries. I will go over the preliminary plans room by room, discussing the good points as well as the areas that may need some improvement. Revisions will be made to address the areas of concern. Once preliminaries are approved, normally, a site plan, floor plan(s), foundation plan, exterior elevations, roof plan, Electrical plan(s) and typical detail drawings will be developed during the final construction document phase of the design.
After completion of the construction documents, we will have a meeting where we go over your final plans with you page by page. The third invoice for design and construction documents will be presented at that time and final payment is due upon receipt of the plans. Should additional work be needed, additional costs can be evaluated, or if the scope of work was decreased throughout the design process, the final fee may be discounted.
I am always just a phone call away from addressing any of your concerns.
I look forward to working with you personally.
Marc F. Wilson, CPBD, AIBD
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