The Westring Way
Build a roll-in shower with multiple shower heads (height adjustable handheld showerhead and fixed)
Lowering the bathroom sink and making sure there’s proper knee clearance
Installing an elevated toilet
Installing rocker light switches that are easier to turn on
Installing grab bars
One way to reduce home accidents is to ensure you have proper lighting where you need it. Outdoor areas, stairways, the kitchen area, the living room, and other places you like to read are just a few examples of lighting often needed.
Use rocker-type light switches wherever possible. You can turn them on and off with the touch of an elbow if your hands are full.
Well-placed skylights and ceiling lights are an example of the type of lighting you should consider adding to your home.
If you maintain a flower or vegetable garden in your backyard, you may want to consider raising your beds at some point. Raising your beds can help reduce fatigue and stress on your back. You may also consider adding a ramp to your home, as stairs can become more challenging to navigate.
The Design Process
There are three design processes to fit your particular project. They range from simple cosmetic designs requiring no permit or drawings to incredibly complex structural changes requiring a licensed architect and structural engineer. The deliverable is a written proposal with the associated costs for your review and approval.
COSMETIC DESIGN: This design requires determining the scope of work and product selections. We will work with you to get that look you are after and provide the information to put it all together. This design does not require plans, per se, although we would be happy to draw it out if that is helpful to you.
LIGHT STRUCTURAL DESIGN: This particular type of project does require a plan and a building permit. Our process would include the requirements for the COSMETIC DESIGN but also contains one scheme, a floor plan, an elevation or two, and perhaps a cross-section. Frequently, a site visit is required for the trades to understand the project's physical properties. It may also require a site plan for the zoning department.
HEAVY STRUCTURAL DESIGN: This design has all the elements of the first two and several other requirements. These designs require licensed design professionals, cut sheets, cross-sections, lot surveys, door & window schedules, structural analysis, trade site visits, and the like.
We will send you a fixed-price design proposal with a high-level estimate of the project’s potential costs. We do not guarantee the estimated cost for the remodel since the design will determine what the costs come out to be. The design may have several schemes from which to choose, particularly with the Light Structural and Heavy Structural Designs.
The Design Phase
Once you have approved the proposal, a design contract is created, and we move into the design phase together. The design is where we take the pictures & ideas and put them onto paper. This is exciting and brings much communication. We utilize a cloud-based program called Buildertrend for documentation so that we all can stay informed and on the same page. During the design phase, we will build drawings of your project, go through a selection process, and preliminarily estimate the entire build.
By the time we finish the Design Phase, you will know what your project will look like and how much it will cost to build.
If the project is within the desired budget range, we complete the permit-ready plans, provide the cost to build (the bid vs. the estimate), complete the design phase, and schedule the build phase. Suppose the project’s estimated costs exceed the Customer’s budget. In that case, we will review the project with you, provide some ideas to reduce the costs (reduce scope or product selections), and make recommendations on how to proceed.
The Remodel Phase
The time we've all been waiting for the Build Phase! We did it! You made it! Our team will begin the build process. The build phase has several important milestone markers:
We'll conduct a pre-construction conference before any work we start and put down site protection, which begins the deliberate remodel process. We will clean up at the end of each day and record our progress in a daily log.
We make sure the project has been built as we agreed. This is when the rough inspections are conducted, and the non-critical path items need to be determined. There should be no changes since this is when things get covered up.
SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION CONFERENCE
We are done, and you are moving into the space. We make sure everything is as agreed and working properly. A punch list is generated for minor adjustments.
We have taken care of the minor odds and ends, and the project is complete. We're on our way with a high-five, and we will see you again soon!