Design Build means that we
design your project and then build it for you.
We work closely with our
clients to develop a design that is right for
them -- functionally, aesthetically and budget-wise.
We then negotiate a contract that ensures the
project is built as intended at the agreed upon
price. Then we go about the process of building
your new home.
Our attention to detail and
the skilled craftsmanship of our crews provide
those extra, added touches that make your project
a true success.
approach is outlined below. For smaller scope
projects, this process can be abbreviated.
Please note that we will
be documenting/illustrating our working approach
in the "ADE
eHouse" and "eHouse
Photos" sections of our site.
A personal meeting is very
important to our process. Our first meeting
with you usually runs one-and-a-half to two
hours, during which time we discuss and take
detailed notes on your needs, wants, ideas and
ideals. We can usually determine the appropriate
approach to take at this time.
Preliminary (Schematic) Design
We develop preliminary designs
based on the discussion and ideas generated
at our meeting. These designs are presented
in the form of sketches, drawings (plans and
elevations) and three dimensional models, if
needed. We are able to price various options
at this stage, which can help in your decision
Contracts are determined at
It is normal and even desirable
to spend time refining the design at this stage.
Usually one of the preliminary designs is chosen
or various options are melded together into
a final buildable design. We "value-engineer'
your project, determining the most cost effective
way to build. Sometimes we can incorporate the
design refinements directly into our next step.
Permit (Construction) Drawings and Documents
We now 'fine tune' the final
design, formally drawing it up with structural
notes, dimensions and supporting documentation
(energy and structural calculations, window
and door schedules, site plans, etc.) required
for city or county building permits. We submit
the package and follow it through until permits
are issued. At this time we can provide a final
price for the construction of your project.
Additional Design Development
This step may or may not
At this point you may be
wondering, "What does that stair railing
look like exactly?". Permit documents do
not require detailed interior design or finish
specifications. However, our clients often do,
and we enjoy providing this higher level of
design. Depending on your budget and the level
of detail you would like, we can build from
the permit documents with a simple outline of
products and finishes, or we can provide detailed
design specifications for all of the surfaces
we will construct.
The construction phase is
intense and exciting. We stay organized and
enjoy the process. No matter how much preparation
and planning has been done, there are always
decisions to be made. We like to involve the
owner as much as he or she wishes. We also like
to take advantage of any new opportunities that
might appear to improve the design.
We are adept at presenting
new options clearly and simply, whether it's
a design detail or a structural change. We provide
an itemized time schedule for construction,
so you know exactly what is happening when.
We are open to having you participate in the
construction to any extent you wish.
Note that ADE
eHouse includes a Quick
View Home Building Overview which
provides you with more information related to
Our business grows
by word of mouth referral and it is to our mutual
advantage to have the best possible finished
product. We have terrific relationships with
our clients, both before and after construction.
We look forward to working with you on your
Questions or for more Information please
17 Birchwood Road
Augusta, Maine 04330