What to Expect: Home Improvement Agreement: The Culmination of Design Development

When you trust a company to undertake the transformation of your home, every detail matters. At Lee Kimball, our methodical and comprehensive design-build process is the result of our decades of experience delivering beautiful results.  Transparency, clear communication, and meticulous planning are our hallmarks.

We’ve previously shared our process for mapping out your conceptual design and feasibility (Phase 1) and firming up all of the details and pricing through design development (Phase 2). Once these are complete, our next step is to draw up your Home Improvement Agreement. The Home Improvement Agreement is the culmination of all the planning and preparation of design development. It serves as the critical bridge to bringing in our construction team to begin their work. This is our pledge to you and a mutual agreement to move forward to complete your project.

It’s important to note that, depending on the company (or companies) you choose to work with on your project, the construction contracts can vary widely. For example, they may differ in what they cover, how comprehensive and detailed they are, how costs and the construction timeline are addressed, and what responsibilities are placed on the client. 

At Lee Kimball, we have developed our process over decades of experience and dedication to providing the best possible results for our clients. Since our company is a full-service design/build firm, you have the peace of mind that comes with having all of the details addressed in your Home Improvement Agreement. Investing the time, preparation, and pre-planning upfront provides a much greater opportunity to stay on schedule, and on budget, while minimizing stress, uncertainty, and needless disruption. 

Once your contract is signed and your initial deposit received, we start the pre-construction process immediately. We assign a project manager and a lead carpenter who will also serve as your on-site project coordinator. Then the design and construction teams meet to go over your project in detail and conduct a comprehensive site check with the team. We also order materials, pull any needed permits, and much more. In other words, our work continues as we prepare for the next step with you. Then we will schedule a pre-construction meeting with you and the team before the construction starts to go over logistics, the timeline, access to our online portal and we will schedule regular progress meetings throughout construction. 

What is involved in that next step? Learn more about the “Hand Off” and pre-construction process in the next “What to Expect” installment. 

This is only a broad overview of one key milestone in Lee Kimball’s design/build process. No two projects are the same. Our team’s passion is partnering with each homeowner to uniquely transform their personal living space. Are you ready to explore your vision for your home with us? We’d love to talk. Reach out to our team here to begin a conversation about your project or connect with us on Facebook or Instagram to see what we’re currently working on.