Budget is a key component of any architectural development process. Setting the budget and staying on budget are probably two of the most important factors to overall client satisfaction. This is why we put budget front and center in our home design process.
We’ve all heard those horror stories of projects where the budget balloons out of control and the homeowner is left with a bill 20, 40, 50% higher than expected. As an architectural design firm with design-build experience, we have in-house expertise. This means that very early on in the process we can provide reliable cost estimates. As the design evolves and changes are made, the estimate gets updated too. Other architects and architecture firms simply can’t do this. They tell their clients that your budget can’t be set until after the bid phase just prior to construction beginning. That’s too late and with a design-build firm like Krueger Architects, you don’t have to wait.
REASSURANCE AND TIME
From the very beginning of the project when we are first sitting down to discuss priorities and options, we’ll review what’s feasible on your proposed site within your budget. Once the design starts, we will set a preliminary schedule and budget based on up-front research. After the initial concept design is complete and approved by you, we’ll be able to prepare a near finalized budget. As we proceed into finalizing the design and then into the construction phase our team members are in constant contact reviewing and refining the budget.
Not only do you have the reassurance that the estimates are well thought out and substantiated, but you’re also saving time and money when working with a design-build firm. The typical bid phase of a project can take upwards of 7-10 months. When you work with a design-build firm, you skip this phase all together. That’s time you can move directly into the construction phase.