Deep Dive Into Our Process
Building a new home or major renovation is an involved process and the first step towards a successful relationship is getting to know one another and learning about your dreams. Throughout our 21 years of successful design and build collaboration, we have developed strategies to guide you through this process and work to remove worry through teamwork. We are a truly custom builder and although every project is unique, we'd like to offer insight into what this journey together will look like.
Introductions - Getting to Know You
Our first conversation together will be to review where you are in this journey. You may already own land and be working with a Designer or you may be wondering what's feasible given the constraints of your existing home. Perhaps you have already begun discussions with banks to understand the financing opportunities and begun discussions with you families to assess which are your priorities and needs. Where ever you are in this process, we can provide expertise in the early stages to help align your vision and scope with budgeting and scheduling.
Property Research – Ordinances, Covenants, and Regulations
Once you decide to collaborate with BuildSense, we’ll begin by investigating the local jurisdiction and any HOA or covenants for zoning or environmental limitations. Depending on where your project is located you may have height limitations, waterway buffers, setbacks, or strict historic preservation requirements.
Your lot may already be cleared for construction and have access to city water and sewer or you may have discovered an undeveloped property and are interested in celebrating and preserving its wild beauty. Your vision may include landscaped walkways and with a pool or it may revolve around low maintenance and .......... Identifying the unique conditions of your site early in the process allows your team to develop creative solutions that respond to your surroundings and defined building envelope.
Schematic Design – Program and Massing Ideation
Once we know your program goals, budget, and property characteristics we will work with you to explore and evaluate ideas. With each new idea, we’ll continue to learn more about you until we develop a design that reflects your needs and the character that you envision. (You may already have a Designer helping you with this process).
When we arrive at a building form and orientation that resonates with you, we’ll pause and analyze the design to develop a more detailed budget. This budget will consider if there are larger glass openings that require deeper beams or steel, if the exterior is more articulated or compact, and the surrounding patios or water features.
Design Development – Selections and Systems
The next step is to identify the structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems that are best suited for your chosen design and lifestyle. We’ll also help you begin to navigate the world of materials, finishes, and fixtures as well as which decisions need to be made sooner and affect other systems. (You may already have a Designer helping you with this process).
As decisions are made we'll continue to refine the budget and provide early feedback to inform further decisions. At this point we also begin to identify materials or manufacturing processes with long lead times that require early scheduling considerations.
Construction Documents and Specifications
As you make decisions, we’ll begin recording these with dimensioned drawings and detailed text. These documents will serve to organize all of the information regarding your project so that local officials can review and approve the drawings as well as define the standards and expectations of what will be built and installed. (You may already have a Designer helping you with this process).
Schedule – Aggressive but Realistic
We gather our research on product availability, fabrication times, and sequence dependencies to create a detailed schedule listing the type of work and when it will take place. Our detailed schedules ensure that all construction partners working on your project know what the milestones are and what we need to plan ahead for.
Construction Administration – Inspections and Certifications
Our commitment to an on-time project means that we are regularly reviewing the work occurring on the job site and discussing with our trade partners to make sure that all systems are coordinated. During our weekly team meetings we’ll review any concealed conditions that may have been discovered, the upcoming schedule, and discuss outstanding decisions that need to be made.
Project Closeout and Warranty
Once your dream home is complete, we continue to work with you to make sure that you know where all the key systems that make your house work are located and what needs maintenance when. In the event that you need to file a warranty, our team will help you schedule and coordinate this work.