INITIAL SITE VISIT
Working with a design build firm in Philadelphia begins with an initial site meeting at your home. We tour the project space together and discuss ideas, goals, budgets, schedules and potential challenges. After an internal review, our sales and design team presents a design agreement, brief scope of work, and target budget that demonstrates our understanding of your initial concept.
DESIGN MEETING #1 / MEASUREMENTS
At the first design meeting, a salesperson and in-house designer will take take field measurements at your home. We will explore your concept in more detail and discuss options for layout, finishes, interior design, lighting, heating and cooling, and material selections. The designer will use this information to create concept floor plans, elevations, and 3D renderings to help you visualize the design possibilities and to identify any spatial conflicts.
DESIGN MEETING #2 / PLANS
We meet at Bellweather’s office for the second design meeting. Our design team presents the preliminary drawings and collaborates with you to make any necessary changes to the concept plans. This encourages a broader conversation about structure, flow, budgets, and material selections. We prepare product sample boards in advance to further develop your design ideas.
DESIGN MEETING #3 / MATERIAL SELECTION
We have a NARI-certified design team to guide you through the material selection process. Our designers are experienced and resourceful; they have strong relationships with many local vendors and showrooms. Depending on your project, material selections may include cabinetry, countertops, appliances, tile, flooring, plumbing and electrical fixtures, windows, doors, and hardware. We will help you source specialty materials specific to your project for that personal touch.
Often, we manage, purchase, and install more than 60 custom material selections for a single project! To facilitate this process, we provide a detailed material list unique to your concept; everyone shares information via our cloud-based selection software. By making this information available online – and through a simple phone app – all selection options, images, specifications, comments, and questions are available to you, the design team, and our production staff at all times. We respond to your comments and questions within hours, which helps this process move quickly.
The first three design meetings supply our sales team with the information for a detailed construction proposal. The salesperson will present the final concept drawings, proposal, and construction contract to you in person. Once we receive these documents, along with the construction deposit, our sales team meets with the production team to start the pre-construction process: we finalize the construction documents, including zoning and engineering if necessary, and apply for permits; we schedule initial walkthroughs with trade partners; we purchase the custom materials from your selection sheet; and we schedule an on-site “hand off” meeting between you, the salesperson, the designer, and the production manager to set clear expectations for the project.
Our field staff and trade partners are qualified and trustworthy professionals who’ve been part of our production team for years. Our seasoned construction managers – NARI-trained and OSHA and RRP certified – work with our designers to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and ensure quality craftsmanship. We are very attentive: the production team meets with you weekly for on-site meetings; they send regular progress updates through the cloud-based software; and they respond to questions or concerns quickly. Communication is one of our company’s core values. Our entire team prides itself on taking care of you from start to finish – and beyond. We love what we do!