Remodel Process


We have been fortunate to receive business during this difficult time. Despite how much COVID-19 has affected the economy, as an "essential business," we have been able to bounce back to full work capacity.

As your personal contractor, we help our clients understand how the remodeling/renovation process works, especially pre-construction and construction timing. It typically takes 4-8 months of design, permitting, and estimating before we can start construction, and construction timing often depends on the remodel depth. The smaller the remodel, the quicker the design process and permit turnaround.

The remodel timeline

  1. Initial Discussion: The process begins with our Remodel Coordinator discussing what you want out of your remodel. We consider your wants, needs, and dreams for your home. These discussions help determine if we are the right fit for each other on this particular project.
  2. Zoom Meeting: Our next step is scheduling a Zoom meeting (or in our office, when Covid-19 is over) to review the project and start adding more detail. During this meeting, we review photos of things you like and discuss your budget for the project. After reviewing the project scope and pictures with you, we're typically able to determine a ROM (Rough Order of Magnitude) Estimate for this project. At the end of this meeting, we decide if we move forward into Design.
  3. Design: Design starts to make the project come alive! There are a couple of steps:
    1. We work together and discuss the look you want for your home.
    2. We develop a Design Agreement that further details the process and a deposit. The deposit is 5% of the ROM estimate.
    3. Once signed, we schedule the initial design meeting at your home.
    4. From there, our Designer sets up further discussions to help determine the project's finishes and selections.
    5. If needed, we determine the structural engineering, in which case we'll bring them on for the project.
  4. Design Completion: Once the finishes and selections are finalized, the Designer completes a set of drawings detailing the project. The finishes and final drawings are then handed off to the Remodel Coordinator to begin our "construction" estimating process.
  5. Estimating & Scope Defining: We'll set up a walkthrough to give our sub-associates a chance to review this project in person. We review the selections and drawings and work with you, our subs, and the Designer to mitigate any possible issues that could arise mid-project. We continue defining the project Specs (what we're responsible for) so that our Lead Carpenter and you have clear expectations for the project.
  6. Budget Review: Once we've finished assembling our Specs and Estimate, we set up a meeting to review the documents. We'll go over the estimated costs, and if everything is agreeable, we sign our Construction Agreement, you place a 20% deposit, and we work out the construction timing. If the estimate comes in over what you've budgeted, we can discuss options for removing or altering the Specs to bring it in line with your budget.
    1. Submitting for Permit: We take your remodeling plans to the city to have them reviewed and approved. The municipality may suggest changes or accept the drawings and provide the permits. We stay in touch with the permitting office throughout the process.
  7. Permit Approval: The City or County then approves our permit to allow us to start the remodel process. This step feels like it takes the longest. Once we receive permit approval, you'll soon be hearing from us about when we can start your project.
  8. Construction: Now is when we begin making your house dreams come true. Before construction, we'll put together a schedule to help you plan when you need to be out of the house (i.e. floor refinishing) and the timeline for us to finish the buildout. We establish a weekly meeting between you, the Lead Carpenter, and the Project Manager. The weekly meetings allow us to stay up to date on changes and make timely project decisions. With the joy of remodels comes surprises, and we've found these weekly meetings help us better manage the projects to make sure we're all on the same page and helps keep away that overwhelming feeling.
  9. Completion: Celebration! Your remodel is finished and ready for you to enjoy. During the last week of the project completion, we'll do a walkthrough to review any potential issues that we can resolve before we demobilize. We'll also set up a photo shoot to capture your remodel in pristine condition. On the last day of the project, your one-year warranty begins.
Now that you know the inner workings of the remodeling process, it's time to start planning! With this information, you have a better idea of what it takes to complete a remodel/renovation.

If you're ready to begin the process or have questions, contact us at 425-392-8301 or contact us.

To see a diagram of this sequence of interactions, please check out our Remodel Design Timeline workflow


Don't be afraid to reach out. Tell us about your project. Is it a minor repair, a transformative remodel or something in between? We're here to make your home more livable, efficient and beautiful.

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