“I’d like to start and finish this for you before September arrives, but…”
This time of year I hear myself saying something like this more often than at any other time of year. And yet there is an easily definable duration for a top-quality project. One of the most frustrating disappointments for a homeowner is having met a designer too late to be able to finish their construction in time for their preferred end date.
Nevertheless, there is nothing healthier for a project than getting the best information out on the table before getting started on the designing: feasibility, budget, and schedule. As a designer and contractor, I relish a challenge to meet expectations – once they are correctly set. For any project more complex than a kitchen makeover, a half-year-plus window is likely needed to complete a design and execute a build, depending on the nature of the project.
A design/build company can detail both the Design steps and Construction sequencing for your project very early in the process. But even before that, the best approach is to research budget and schedule well in advance of hiring a designer. And it is possible to get a top-quality job without overspending if you give your project good time.