8 Phases to a Beautiful Home

Our process involves 8 phases to your next custom home or renovation. Clarifying each phase of the process ensures an enjoyable, rewarding experience for our clients. The process of building a custom home, addition or renovation often contains many moving parts. Due to good planning, good listening and good communication, your project will be built right and finished on time as each stage runs smoothly.

PHASE ONE

Initial Inquiry

  • No money required $
  • Novacon will contact you within 2 days of your inquiry
  • We want to better understand what’s important to you, learn a bit more about your vision for the project, rough timelines and budget expectations/project feasibility
  • We will also talk you through what to expect when working with our team and if we will be a good fit

PHASE TWO

Complimentary In-Home Consultation

Typically, this meeting will take approx. 60-90 minutes. One of our experienced team members will sit with you in your home and discuss your wishes and the requirements of your project, site location and features, estimated budget costs and anticipated project duration. By the end of the meeting, we determine whether we’re a good fit for one another or not. If so, we move to the next step in our journey together and sign a Conceptual Design Contract.

  • No money required $
  • We want to get to know you and discuss all of the ideas you have for your space. The things that are important to you that will make the home fit your families needs and lifestyle
  • We’ll explain a bit more about Novacon, about our process, and get you ready for your next steps
  • If you already have permit drawings in place, please skip the design phase of our process and go to construction estimate

PHASE THREE

Conceptual Design Agreement

During the initial design process, you can expect emails from our team with questions and updates on the design and progress. The usual fees for the design agreement are between $5,000 and $10,000 dollars. This is an interactive process and the speed and detail of your responses will impact the overall duration of the design process. The design progress will be discussed with you by email, video conference or at our office. We offer state of the art 3D renderings to give you a great visual of what the proposed work will look like rather than just a standard 2-dimensional view that most builders offer.

  • Money required $
  • Presentation drawings of the Main Floor plan proposal for review and approval. Minor or major changes are encouraged at this stage to accommodate your wishes and needs. (minor changes may be required to accommodate structure and roof systems, post initial approval)
  • Presentation drawings of the Main Floor plan and front Elevation review and approval
  • Presentation drawings of the Main Floor plan, Elevations, Basement Plan and Site Plan for review and approval. (we will require a survey of the property prior to this stage)
  • Finalized presentation drawings ready for Construction Estimates

PHASE FOUR

Construction Estimate

Once the Preliminary Design is completed, our office will contact you to discuss the anticipated finishes of your space(s) and the details which you would like to have included in the Construction Estimate. At this time you may not have all your final selections made.

  • No money required $
  • We will provide an estimate based on an average selection of finish quality as based on our initial discussions and our recent projects
  • The Construction Estimate is typically presented with an Estimated Price Range. If this Cost Estimate does not fall within your overall budget expectations we will at this meeting, discuss if the plans and details can be modified and/or adjusted to meet your budget expectations
Constulting

PHASE FIVE

Project Planning & Final Design

Upon reaching a budgetary comfort level, the Design Process can move into the Construction Planning and permit submission phase. We will share the details of the Construction Estimate Presentation Meeting results with our design staff, so they can be translated into the final design of the project. The Construction Drawings will include:

  • No money required $
  • Site Plan
  • Foundation & Basement Plans
  • Main Floor (2nd & 3rd if applicable) Plans
  • Construction details & wall sections
  • 3D Exterior Rendering (one to two elevations)
  • Working drawings are submitted for building permits
Construction Management

PHASE SIX

Final Budget | Sign Construction Contract

By this time, we have decided on the final designs and budget for the construction. If there are any final changes/upgrades you wish to make it would be at this time that we do so. In this step, we will make a firm commitment to work with each other for the construction portion of your project. We will immediately start on items such as:

  • Money required $
  • Once your budget is finalized and the contract is signed, we will schedule the project for production in our online project management software for you to see
  • Committee of Adjustment requirements and schedule if required
  • Detailed technical drawings and engineering requirements
  • Heat loss calculations and heating design
  • All documentation required for permits
  • Permit submission to the applicable city building department

PHASE SEVEN

Construction Begins

Just prior to construction we will have an onsite kickoff meeting with you, the project manager and your site supervisor. We will briefly just go over any and all expectations we have of you for the duration of the build and go over any last-minute details that require discussion. On a weekly basis, you will meet with the Project manager to discuss the progress of the project, our requirements of you and any relevant information based on the stage of work you are at.

  • Money required $
  • You will also receive weekly updates from our Office manager via your own project web page
  • Weekly reports update you on what was completed during the week, and what will be worked on in the coming week
  • You will also receive live updates, photos and videos so you can follow the progress of the project, change orders and updates to selections via email as they occur during the process in real-time

PHASE EIGHT

Project Completion

With most large renovations there will be settling and humidity issues that arise due to the nature of the work. This typically happens within the first 6 months of moving back into the home. When the project is deemed Substantially Complete, you will be requested to be present for a Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) by Novacon to inspect the project and identify any deficiencies that will require correction or completion. We will then immediately make the final corrections to deficiencies but rest assured that if anything happens later down the road we are there for you with our hassle-free warranty. We pride ourselves on creating long-lasting relationships and want to be your contactors for life!

  • All deficiencies will be listed in a PDI report and shared with our Site Supervisor and construction team and/or Trades for their immediate action
  • No non-sense Warranty coverage means you can be confident that should anything arise we are there for you
  • After completion, you will be asked for final approval and sign off
  • Sit back and enjoy your new space with friends and family!

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