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The Process

The Approach
Our comprehensive approach assures you that we bring a level of professionalism seldom maintained by a remodeling firm. From our more than 36 years of experience, we've found that the following process best serves our clients' needs:

  • Darrell will call to discuss your project and you'll both decide if the next step should be to set up an appointment.

  • If so, a "get acquainted" meeting and a more detailed discussion of the work to be done will be scheduled, usually at your home or the projected job site.

  • With that pre-construction work under way, your remodeling project is well on the road to becoming a reality!


Once plans are drawn and approved, a complete set of specifications is determined; then a firm cost and projected length of job are prepared. At that point the contracts are signed and we're ready to get to work! Using our years of experience, we've devised a step-by-step process that helps ensure that your project runs as smoothly as possible.

Project Review: Before any work begins, we will remind you that it is important for you to review and make sure you understand everything about your project. If not, please contact our office to express any questions or concerns before the pre-construction walk-through.

Pre-construction walk-through: We start with a pre-construction walk-through, which is a crucial step for D.A. Boldt Construction and for you. At this meeting, Darrell Boldt and the Project Superintendent he has carefully selected to manage your project will meet with you at the construction site.

This is also the time that the Project Superintendent will address the logistical aspects of running your project. During this time we will address important issues such as where to store tools, the best means of communicating with you and other related issues. Darrell or our Project Superintendent will discuss these and other relevant issues with you as thoroughly as possible. Our goal is for you to have as few surprises as possible once construction is underway. Please use this time to ask any questions you may have. From now on all of your communications should be directed to Darrell or your Project Superintendent. It is never appropriate to discuss your project with our Subcontractors or other trade persons you may see on the job.

Billing Procedures: Monthly payments are detailed in your contract. We will send you invoices approximately one week before the due date. These monthly Payment Applications will include all approved Change Orders.

Change Orders: Once the project is underway, any changes in the project , including additional work days needed, must be documented and approved in a change order. We don't present surprise bills for extra work at the end of the project. Because we try to be as thorough as possible when putting our proposal together, change orders are usually caused by one of three events: hidden conditions, building inspector requests, or client changes to the original proposal.

Site Preparation and Protection: Before the actual work begins on you remodeling project, we will take measures to cover and protect areas of your home that adjoin the work area in order to keep them as dust and scratch free as possible throughout the project. In many cases during demolition we will install a temporary ventilation system to create a negative atmosphere which draws air from the main house into the work area. This minimizes the amount of dust that filters into your living area.

Let's Get To Work: Once work is underway, we'll begin a new chapter in our relationship. It is during this first phase that demolition is taking place, and you'll be excited as you see changes daily.

Weekly Meetings: You'll be interacting regularly with Darrell and our Project Superintendent, either in person, through e-mails or phone calls. On most projects there will be a weekly meeting set up between you, Darrell and the Project Superintendent. This creates the opportunity to discuss decisions to be made, unforeseen complications or questions and generally check in with each other regarding how well things are going. You will not, however, communicate with or through subcontractors.

What's Happening? After the initial demolition and framing takes place, the project may seem to slow down while much of the utility work is being done, which is not nearly as dramatic as demolition. The changes will not be as visible, but take heart — we're keeping up the pace!

Your Project Takes Shape: Next, the drywall starts to go up, and your project begins to take shape. You're likely to feel excited about your remodel again, although you may be feeling like those workers will never leave.

The Final Stage: While the final finishes are being installed and painting takes place, you'll begin to really get excited about living in and using your brand new space!

Job Clean Up: All during construction we keep the site as neat and clean as possible. We use vacuum cleaners to maximize the containment of potentially harmful dust. At the end of the job, the work area will be cleaned to the level specified in the contract. We recommend that you let us have professional cleaners get the remodeled area ready for your use.

Project Completion: After your project is completed, we want you to rate us. We look forward to your written comments as well. Things rarely go perfectly in remodeling, so we want to know whether or not we handled the inevitable problems to your satisfaction. If we didn't, we want to know where we slipped up so we can improve our performance for you and other clients in the future.

Post Project Follow-up
Even after your project is actually completed, our work is not done. Approximately one month after completion of your project, D.A. Boldt Construction will schedule a visit to your home to ensure that what we delivered is what we promised.

And that's not all...

About three months after the completion of your project we will send you a letter to be sure that you are satisfied with the work and that there are no areas of concern. Additionally, we will contact you about one year after the work is done. We just want to check in to make sure that our work is still to your satisfaction.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Design/Build?
The Design/Build option is when the contractor handles the entire remodeling process from design through completed construction of the project. In many cases hiring one firm instead of two serves to streamline the process, and ensures optimum communication at all levels from start to finish.

How does D.A. Boldt’s Design/Build process work?
We and the homeowner sign a Design Agreement to work together to design a plan, prepare specifications and prepare an estimate for a remodeling project within the budget range discussed in our initial meeting. After an exploratory meeting, a preliminary design is drawn and presented to the homeowner. Revisions are made if requested, and, once the plans are approved by the client, a proposal is prepared. This process includes a visit to the worksite with trade contractors, a written comprehensive Specification of the Project, a firm Estimate and a projected schedule for the job. Upon acceptance, a Construction Contract is signed. This process creates "one stop shopping" for the homeowner. More importantly, it allows our client to get to know us and what it is like to work together well before the actual project is underway.

Will D. A. Boldt Construction work with us if we have our own architect?
We are happy to work with your design professional. In fact, Darrell Boldt’s collaborative approach can add value in the planning process. By engaging our firm early on, you and your architect can get the benefit of the contractor’s feedback and input before the plans are completed. Many times this will save you money.

In what communities does D.A. Boldt Construction work?
During his more than thirty-six years in construction Darrell Boldt has worked throughout the Rogue Valley and Southern Oregon.

How much is my project going to cost?
It goes without saying that this needs to be known before the project moves forward. There are many factors that need to be taken into account to be able to generate a meaningful number. Let's look at some of them.

It will probably cost more than you thought it would when you first started thinking about the project. The more you learn, the more you realize how many different things need to be done to make the project a reality. As the planning proceeds, the scope of the work expands, at least a little. This is the reality based on our experience. As the homeowner, you will of course be the one making the choices for any broadening of the project.

One area where costs increase is items that fit the category "as long as we are doing this we should take care of that at the same time". An example is the laundry adjoins the kitchen. As part of the planning it becomes apparent the kitchen would work much better, etc., if the laundry moved. Doing that work will add to the cost of the remodel, but it will also enhance your use of the space and most often the resale value of your property.

Work will need to be done that you never anticipated when you first decided the remodel should happen. For instance, if you are planning on having your kitchen remodeled, you may need to have a new electrical panel and/or service installed to accommodate all the new circuits the current building code requires. That can increase costs by several thousands of dollars.

Furthermore, remodels are something like surgery: you never know for certain what it is in there until you open up. Deterioration of structure, plumbing or wiring is not always possible to detect from a surface examination. In the event of such surprises, you will be given a written change order with a firm cost for those changes, which you will sign before the work continues.

What level of finishes and fittings do you want to have in your remodel? A kitchen can be created with sheet vinyl flooring, prefabricated cabinets, plastic laminate (Formica) countertops, and minimal additional lighting. The same floor plan can be realized with floor of ceramic tile on a mortar bed, custom cabinets, stone countertops, and more effective lighting. The difference in costs would be tens of thousands of dollars but both jobs are "a kitchen remodel".

I'm planning on buying as many of the finish items for my kitchen as possible myself. I've picked out cabinets, appliances and plumbing fixtures. Can you give me a price on installing these items?
In our many years of experience we've found that the lines of responsibility are clearer if we purchase the finish items, excepting appliances. All too often, mistakes can be made in ordering, shipping or receiving. It can be difficult to determine who is responsible for reordering and paying for those mistakes. Appliances are the exception because they are covered by their manufacturers' warranties. If you want to directly buy products other than appliances we are probably not the right contractor for your project.

Can I work along side of you to reduce costs?
Our insurance carrier won't allow that. However, some homeowners "finish" their projects themselves after we are off site and our part of the contract completed. We've worked with clients who have done everything from install sheetrock to painting and flooring after we have gone. We are happy to accommodate your needs, but you may not begin your portion of the work until we are completely off the site.

I have some minor repairs to be done. Will D.A. Boldt Construction do those?
We normally don't do maintenance and small repairs unless the work is to be done in conjunction with a larger project. There are many handyman type companies available in Southern Oregon that are more appropriate for this kind of work. For your own protection be aware that any person doing work on your home must be licensed by the Oregon Contractor’s Board. You should ask to see the BBC license of anyone asking to work on your home.

How soon could you start my project?
That depends a lot on our current work load as well as how far you are in the planning and permitting process when you give us a call. If no pre-construction design work, specifications or permit application has been done and we are at typical capacity, it could take three to four months of work before we start construction for a kitchen or small addition. A major addition, remodel or new home construction would most likely take longer because of permitting requirements, depending in varying degrees upon the governing entity of the property.

I'm uneasy about having work people in my home. How do you keep it secure?
When possible, we create a separate entry into the work area; this is secured each evening before we leave. We also seal off the workspace to reduce dust getting into the rest of the house. This also serves to isolate the work area so that there is no need for anyone to disturb you while work is going on. Our trade contractors are instructed to speak only with our employees and we request that you respect that as well, therefore they should not be bothering you nor going into any living space not under construction. While we can't guarantee that you will be 100% secure, it has not been an issue in our experience.

What if something breaks or damage is discovered after the work is done and your staff has left?
Call our office to let us know what it is and we'll get back to you within 24 hours to discuss the situation. Whether or not we are responsible for the corrective work, we will respond to your concerns and work with you to provide a satisfactory and fair solution.

Should I remodel or move?
You definitely want to ask this question before your remodel project starts! Here are some things to consider:

1. Do you like your property, your neighbors, your street, and the commercial district and/or schools that are nearby? These are important points to consider if you are thinking of remodeling. If there is a real problem with some or any of these conditions consider moving. No matter how much work you do to your house, these problems, which are beyond your control, will not be corrected.

2. What is your house worth now and what would it be worth after the remodeling work is done? Talk to a real estate agent. Invite him/her to come through the house and respond to your ideas. You want to know this information before you get too far along in your planning.

3. How long do you plan to live in the home after the remodel is done? If you are going to live there more than 5-7 years, you will get the benefit and satisfaction of living in a space that you have personally helped improve to suit your needs better. Everyday you will experience the joy of having improved your home and you will have most likely increased in the future resale value of your home. However, if you will most likely live there less than five more years once the work is done, don't go to the trouble. Let the new owners do the work.

 

 

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