The Design-Build Process offers clients many benefits. Being a one-stop shop that manages all aspects of the project—from initial design through construction—offers many benefits: communication is improved, design fees are typically lower than traditional design, bid, redesign to meet the budget, bid again, build process; scheduling is more efficient; and projects are typically completed in less time. This can result in fewer headaches and more cost savings for the homeowner. At R.J. Aley Building Contractor, we break the process down into five steps.

Step 1 - Initial Meeting

We will meet with you to learn about your project and we will answer any questions you have about the Design-Build process. We will discuss your project and provide you with a rough, preliminary budget based on our conversation, and work with you to achieve your objectives for design and cost.

Step 2 – Design and Planning

Once an agreement has been reached the design process begins. We offer a full range of design services, or we will work with you to find the architect or designer that is best suited to your project.

Step 3 – Cost Estimating

We will create a preliminary construction plan and work with you to create a feasible budget that fits within your means. Cost estimating is a multi-step process that includes the presentation of a report of general findings to the homeowner. The steps may include:

  • Inspecting your home for pre-existing conditions that may affect design and cost. This includes assessing your home’s energy efficiency and making recommendations for improvements.
  • Creating a preliminary cost estimate that is based on certain assumptions as well as the initial plans drawn by the architect, designer, or draftsman.
  • Suggesting alternative construction methods or products that may do a better job of aligning your design goals with your actual budget.
  • Once you have approved the plan and the budget, we will work with you, the architect, or designer, to develop a full set of construction-ready drawings and specifications, as well as a complete schedule of fixtures, hardware, and other deliverables. Now the construction process can begin.

Step 4 – Construction & Project Management

R.J.Aley oversees all aspect of the construction process from start to finish. This includes managing the budget, securing all permits, selecting and coordinating subcontractors, ordering product and materials, arranging inspections, and scheduling deliveries. Your project will have a full-time dedicated lead carpenter from start to finish, and we use a 500-point quality control checklist to ensure your project is built to the highest standards.

Step 5 – Project Completion

It’s time to enjoy your new and improved home, so we want to take the mystery out of home ownership. For many, their home is the biggest investment they will ever make, so why doesn’t it come with an Owner’s Manual? Once your project is completed, R.J. Aley will compile all the operating and maintenance instructions related to your project in one easy-to-use volume.

Contact R.J. Aley today to learn more about our Design-Build services and to schedule a free consultation.