The Design-Build remodeling process is the most efficient way to remodel your home. From original design concept, all the way through construction completion, you work with one company. Our 10-step process is outlined below. Click on each step for a brief description. For a more detailed description of Harth Builders' Design-Build process, view our PDF.


    1. Initial Consultations
    • 90 minute meeting at your home
    • Discussing the scope of the project
    • Examine existing site conditions
    • Take initial measurements
    2. Budget
    • Provide an Opinion of Probable Cost (OPC)
    • If construction budget falls within the OPC range (+/-15%), proceed to Design Development
    3. Design Agreement
    • Outlines a high level scope of work, design budget, and details the Design Retainer Fee
    • Explain work that takes place in the design phase
    4. Selections
    • Complete questionnaire prior to selecting products
    • 6-14 weeks Design Development period
    • Meet every 10 days (about every week and a half)
    • Budget and aesthetics guidance provided at every step
    5. Meet Our Production Team
    • Trade Walkthrough with our production staff and trades
    • Discuss mechanicals and make sure project is constructible
    • Critical step for avoiding surprises
    6. Authorization To Proceed
    • Review architectural plans
    • Storyboard selections
    • Review detailed scope of work (Construction Contract)
    • Review GANTT chart schedule with start and completion dates
    • Thorough review of corresponding pricing
    • Upon your authorization to proceed, a 10% deposit payment is due
    7. Pre Construction
    • Apply for permits once plans are finalized
    • Design confirmation meeting
    • Consolidation meeting
    • Pre Construction Meeting
    8. Construction
    • Set up dust control walls at key intersections
    • Lead Carpenter or Project Manager on-site daily as needed and accessible by phone when not on-site
    • Email progress reports
    • Job site will be broom swept daily
    • At end of each work week, project will be vacuum swept
    • Weekly stage payments follow milestones throughout the Construction phase
    9. Completion
    • At Substantial Completion a Pre Completion Meeting is scheduled
    • Punch List items identified (if any)
    • Two final payments are for Substantial Completion and Punch List to ensure work is completed to your satisfaction
    10. Warranty
    • Two year Warranty provided on work
    • Warranty cards, Product Care Guide, and a Warranty Letter delivered following completion
    • Follow-up calls at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after Substantial Completion
    • Any rework required scheduled within 30 days


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