THE DESIGN AGREEMENT & PROCESS
Updated: May 4, 2021
There are numerous decisions, details and options to consider when planning for home remodel. Selecting a remodeler is the first, and most important, decision you will make because it is the beginning of a relationship. It’s taken months (maybe even years), to get to the point where you’re ready to remodel. You’ve asked yourself, “What’s possible with my home?” and “What can I afford?” A Design Agreement helps answer both of those questions. It is the first step to establish your commitment to your project, define expectations and to get the project underway.
What's a design agreement?
A Design Agreement is a service agreement that specifies what we’re going to design and assigns a cost range estimate based on the scope of the project. Total Home Solution is investing time in the project, and therefore the client is investing money for these services. Our team has completed hundreds of remodels, and we’ve seen it all since we have opened in 2009! In short, we’ve got you covered!! While your home is unique, the same parts and pieces go into pricing out a kitchen, bathroom or addition remodel. The price of your project will be determined by the design of the job specifications and specific material selections you make. Those two factors drive the price. That also means that before we can provide a firm, fixed price for your job, we need a design to work off. We can provide ranges, but we can’t accurately estimate a job without a firm design decided upon.
How do I get started?
The first step of the remodeling process is to meet with us at your home. The goal of this meeting is to see your space, listen to your ideas, understand the scope of your project and determine if it is a mutual good fit for us to work together. From there, we can provide a very soft, ballpark cost range based on what you’re looking to do. If the cost estimate aligns with what you were thinking of investing in your project and you’d like to move forward with Total Home Solution, then a Design Agreement is drafted and signed.
Benefits of a design agreement.
Entering into the Design Agreement with Total Home Solution signifies your commitment to work with our team to create the plan for the remodel. A Design Agreement outlines the initial design perimeters and assigns a project investment level you can expect to fall within once we come back to you with a proposal. This ensures that what you want to do will fit within your budget and it takes away the mystery of a remodel.
What do I receive?
First, our team will measure the rooms in your home affected by the remodel so we can draw up your existing layout. Then, we will provide initial design concept drawings to show you what’s possible with your space. We then meet with you again to review the designs and talk through the scenarios that are possible. We’ll show you 3D renderings, so you are able to envision your home with the improvements. This is a collaborative process where we mix our expert advice with your vision and preferences. It’s a fun experience to see the transformation unfold! It’s exciting see your home evolve in front of your eyes after you’ve dreamed about it for so long! From there we can put together a proposal to present to you. This means that we calculate the exact quantities of materials and receive price quotations from our trade partners. We consider all costs to bring your project to life – from mobilization costs to labor and materials. You will receive final design concepts, specifications and a proposal.
How much is a design agreement fee?
The cost of a Design Agreement is based on your specific project and the time required for our team to put together design concepts and a fixed-bid proposal. A typical Design Agreement starts at $3,000.
Ready to get started?!
Invite us over to discuss what’s possible in your home. We look forward to meeting you!