I need to have some work done on my home. Can you give me an estimate?
The first step is to talk to Billy Guerrero, principal owner and chief estimator, who will discuss with you the scope of your project and set up a complementary meeting at your home. Billy will then present a "ballpark" budget based upon your needs. If he feels like you may be a good candidate for design-build, he will suggest you meet with Design Director Stewart Davis.
Our house needs repairs, renovations and an addition. How do we approach our project?
We can help you determine your priorities and tackle your project in phases. We can take care of the repairs early on, since there may not be a need for architectural services. The more design-intense renovations and additions can be done in a second phase as a design-build project.
What does design-build mean?
Design-build is an integrated process of design and construction from conception to finished project. The design effort starts with an interview with one of our architects to discuss your ideas and how you will use your new spaces. Soon after, a design concept is presented to you along with a preliminary budget. You will be included in every step of the design until the final drawings are completed. The quality and detail of our construction documents equals those produced by any other architect in Austin. No detail is left to chance.
What if I can't decide if I should remodel or build a new home?
For substantial renovation projects, this is a fundamental question. The cost of comprehensive renovations can approach or exceed the cost of a new home. This is where CG&S as a design build firm can help with preliminary budgets and design guidance.
How long will it take to complete my project?
Every project varies depending on the scope of work. Repairs can usually be done in a matter of weeks. Small projects with no design will take 2-3 months. Most medium-size projects take 4-8 months for both design and construction. Large renovations/additions usually take 6-8 months of design and 6-8 months of construction. Sometimes, large projects can be fast tracked if there is a special need. However, we do not recommend working design issues out during construction; the best idea is to allow for several months of design prior to construction.
What kind of contracts will I be asked to commit to?
For design-build projects, we start with a design contract. This covers design services only: architectural fees, engineering fees, etc. Before construction starts, we will prepare either a stipulated sum contract or a cost-plus contract. Both contracts are determined by figuring the hard costs of the labor and materials and adding a markup (our overhead and profit). A stipulated sum contract has a fixed dollar amount where the scope of work and costs are predetermined. A cost-plus contract is open ended with no final dollar amount predetermined, either because the project is fast-tracked or the scope of work has not been determined.
There are so many decisions to make regarding design and material selections. How do I narrow down my choices to fit my budget?
Our estimators and architects will assist and guide you through product selection, showing you samples, referring you to appropriate suppliers and listening to your budget and style needs. Often, we recommend the use of an interior designer for professional assistance in making color and finish selections.
Do you use your own crews on projects or do you use subcontractors?
We have several crews that typically perform framing, site demolition, repairs, trim finish carpentry and cleanup. Electrical, plumbing, air conditioning and heating work are always subcontracted. We have developed strong relationships with specialized trade contractors such as painters, cabinet makers, concrete and drywall contractors, granite and marble installers, faux painters, ornamental iron workers, and others. We match the appropriate specialist to your project.
Do you have contacts with people who assist in financing?
We have sound relationships with area lenders we can put you into contact with. If you already have a lender, we can work with them to determine a payment schedule. We can also work with you if you are financing the project yourself to determine a payment schedule or to set up a payment on your charge card.
What area of town do you work in?
We prefer to work in the Greater Austin area and northern Hays County.
Why should I hire CG&S when I can get the same thing for less elsewhere?
Price should not be the only factor in choosing a contractor. Often a low price is a red flag and should be a cause for concern. CG&S has over 50 years of residential remodeling experience using top-notch project managers and carpenters, some of whom have been with us over 15 years. CG&S' architects have almost 20 years of residential design experience. We choose our subcontractors carefully, ensuring they share our vision for quality work. Ask to see our portfolio or visit some of our recent projects. Call our references and ask questions. We believe quality design and construction are essential when it comes to improving your home -- which is, after all, your most important asset.
Please contact us via email, phone, fax or regular mail with any other questions.
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