Getting Started

Major remodels and custom builds go through 5 phases:

  1. Project Programming and Research
  2. Schematic Design
  3. Design Development and Details
  4. Construction Documents and Building Permits
  5. Construction

At phase 1 your project begins by defining your goals and ideas . Take the time to think carefully about your project during this process. When you are ready to request a design proposal or construction bid, your information is saved in a format that is easy to share with as many designers or builders as you want. That saves you from repeating yourself countless times while making sure everyone sees the full summary of what you want.

Filling out goals and ideas

You will have more productive introductions with designers and contractors if you provide as much detail as you can.

Getting started goals tab

Do you have a Pinterest Pinboard or a Houzz Ideabook? Copy and paste the URL into Links.

Getting started goals links

PDFs, photos, drawings, documents, and anything else that might be relevant for getting a bid or proposal can be added to Files.

Getting started files

You can come back later to continue filling this out. If you are undertaking this project with others or for others (parents, spouse, neighbors), be sure to talk to them about big decisions. Changing your mind about something at the final stages of design or mid-construction can get expensive fast!

Open your goals and ideas .