An appointment is arranged with the homeowner for an initial consultation in the home or other location at no charge. At this time, determination is made by the homeowner and designer on whether they both wish to proceed with the project. A retainer fee will be collected at this time to continue with the project. The retainer amount will be determined by the estimated time necessary to complete the design and budget determinations. Hours dedicated to this project will be recorded and billed at an hourly rate on a monthly basis.
A jobsite visit will then be scheduled for field measurements, study of traffic patterns, and a survey of structural considerations and changes discussed with clients. The use of the NKBA Design Survey will be used to determine client needs and goals for the project. The survey assists the designer and staff in personalizing the planning process for the clients. In the case of a new residence, field measurements will be obtained from the house plan under the assumption that the dimensions listed will be followed by their builder.
Preliminary plans with design options will be prepared by the designer. A meeting with the clients at this stage will determine any plan revisions and a final plan will be drafted, either by hand or through computer assisted drawings. These plans will be the basis of quotes that will be obtained by the designer with the various tradesmen. Any changes to the plans based on mechanical or structural issues will be incorporated into a final set of working drawings, to include a revised floor plan, elevations (interpretive) drawings, mechanical and electrical specifications. Specific products are identified or allowances determined to establish the final budget.
A meeting is then scheduled with the clients and the designer/project manager to discuss the revised drawings and overall project budget. A final bill for above hourly services will be presented at that time.
Based on the approved design, a contract for materials chosen, labor costs and project supervision and management will be presented for approval by the clients. The contract will include all equipment, materials and labor clearly specified, or include dollar amount allowances for products not chosen at this time.
Financial terms will be clearly outlined in the contract and a deposit on all or part of the project will be collected by KGF Design.
A projected start date and completion date will be determined when products have been ordered and ship dates set by the various material vendors involved.
KGF Design will provide the project management and supervision necessary to complete the project as contracted and scheduled. The fee will be determined at the time of contract and is based on the amount of time necessary to schedule tradesmen, order and deliver materials to the job site, supervise construction and installation of all products and visits to the job site during the remodeling process.
One of the most important aspects of working with KGF Design is the attention to detail, and communication during the process of your kitchen or bath project. Throughout this time, we spend a lot of time conversing with you about what is happening in your home. Daily communication is essential to the overall completion of the project and your ultimate satisfaction with our services. KGF Design takes care of scheduling, supervision, payment for materials and labor, and can thus assure the final outcome of your “dream kitchen or bath”.
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