Design Build Planners works as project designers taking our clients through the design and development portion of a remodeling project. This includes the conceptual design using dollhouse overviews and CAD, written scope of work with line item pricing, +/- options, design appropriate product selection allowances (along with introductions to Design Build Planners Showroom Partners), and calendar schedules outlining project timelines.
At that point, approximately 70% of our clients elect to use one of our full service, turn key, Network Remodelers. You can read about what separates our remodelers here. How do the other 30% of our clients get their projects completed? There are three options:
- Build it themselves
- GC it themselves
- Use a remodeler outside of our network
Below are two reviews from clients who used DBP’s design and development services, but chose a remodeler outside of our network. As you can tell, this option certain adds some variability to the situation. While DBP works for the client and NOT the remodeler, most clients find that our “ground rules” for our network remodelers along with our vetting process goes a long way in terms of getting the project completed in a manner that leaves all parties happy.
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Putting an addition your home should be fun – so why do so many people get stressed out over it? Well, because there are so many little things to get stressed out over, that’s why. There are so many variables and things that can go wrong, as well as questions people have about the process. That is why we decided to ask the DBPlanners some of the top questions people have, and let them answer the questions for you.
Should you start with a New Jersey architect or Design Build Planners for your next home remodeling project? Here are some of the points to consider and compare.
Architects design and draw the plans before the project is accurately priced. Architects are paid in full before the remodelers begin quoting the planned project. construction documents and drawings are black and Continue reading →
These Monmouth County, New Jersey homeowners wanted to create a space that would provide a shady retreat in their southern-facing back yard. The end result is a true outdoor living space over 500 square feet in size, including separate eating and entertaining areas, a gas fireplace, a TV, porcelain floor, French door, and custom Board and Batten ceiling.
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Whether you bring work home from the office or have an office in your home, it’s hard to get motivated when your home office is uninspiring. Learn how to freshen up your workspace with these professional designer tips. Soon you may have an office that’ll actually make you look forward to working. Continue reading →
Planning a porch design is more than just structure, columns, and roof lines. Collectively, considerations must be given to lifestyle. How and when will the porch be used. Will the gatherings be intimate or entertaining. Perhaps flexibility of use is key.
Enjoy these porch photos from houzz.com and see how they have been decorated and furnished. Which is your favorite? Which would be serve the needs of your family? Continue reading →
This beautiful Italian villa is located on the island of Capri, just off the shore from Naples, Italy. An island known for its sapphire blue skies and endless ocean views, it’s hard to think of a more perfect setting for spending a summer.
The Design Build Planners cannot place you and your home on an island, but we can design and develop an outdoor dining space that makes sense for you, your family, and home. Contact us today and take the first step for a professional remodeling experience. Continue reading →
The staff at Design Build Planners will be hosting a free, live webinar on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. From the convenience of your own computer and internet you can view their unique “Remodeling Design and Development Process.” For scheduling convenience, there will be two separate sessions, both covering the same content. The first session will begin at 1:00 PM EDT and the second at 7:00 PM EDT. The webinar will last approximately 90 minutes, including a question and answer session at the end.
This free webinar’s objective is to illustrate the Design Build Planners approach to residential remodeling project design and development. Tips and strategies that pave the way for a pleasant remodeling experience will be offered for both homeowners and remodelers. Continue reading →
Monday, 4/23/12, at about 5:30 PM Connor, my oldest son, asks me to take him to work with him for “Take Your Child to Work Day”. “Sure”, I tell him, “What day is it?” “Thursday”, is his reply. THURSDAY? How am I going to possibly make Thursday work? “Sure Connor, I’ll take you.” “OK, but are we going to sit in front of you computer all day? That’s kind of boring.” That, coming from the kid who could glue himself to a DS, but the thought of watching me design makes school look like the better option.
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When it is time for a new kitchen the requests have a common theme: bigger, open, island, and more everything. The Design Build Planners team meets many homeowners seeking to remodel their kitchen seem to have one, unified voice: “We want a larger kitchen, with an open floor plan, dine-at island, more cabinets, more counter space, more storage…more, more, more.” Design-wise, all can be incorporated, but extra home space is required. No one is surprised to hear that kitchens are the most expensive rooms to remodel. Now more space means new space as in an addition. Doubling the space of a kitchen with an addition undoubtedly doubles the cost of the project. After calculating all the items required to fully complete, the homeowner investment most likely well exceed $100,000 for a 200+ square foot kitchen and addition project. Continue reading →