The Design Services Process


We turn the traditional remodeling approach upside down. Rather than providing quick and incomplete estimates, we utilize the Design Service Process. You, the client, make a nominal financial commitment, which allows our team to delve into your remodeling project in depth. Together, we develop a full scope of work and capture all associated costs. Nearly 100% of clients who work with us through the process choose to move forward with FA Design Build for their renovation.

Step 1: Information Gathering

  • Who is FA Design Build? Who is the client and what are their needs?
  • Is the client’s project a good match for FA Design Build’s core capabilities?
  • Determine scope of work, feasibility, investment range, and initial design ideas.
  • Discuss the Design Services Process and Retainer.
  • Schedule Site Evaluation and set expectations for next steps.

Step 2: Site Evaluation

  • Designer visits client’s home to assess feasibility, initial design ideas, and existing conditions.
  • Set up 1st Design Meeting at the showroom.
  • Sign Design Services Retainer and collect payment.
Tier 1 ($350): Powder Rooms, Hall Bathrooms, Small Interior Remodels
Tier 2 ($750): Master Bathrooms, Kitchens
Tier 3 ($1,250): Major Remodels of Kitchen & Bathrooms, Whole House Remodels, Basements

Step 3: Design Meeting

  • Designer and client develop preliminary plans, design scheme, and selections. Subsequent design and selection meetings will be scheduled as needed.
  • Designer prepares scope of work, plans, and design concept for Site Assessment.
  • Schedule Site Assessment at client’s home.

Step 4: Site Assessment

  • Designer, production team, and tradesmen meet at client’s home to review scope of work, plans, and design concept.
  • Assess existing site. Determine feasibility of proposed design and plans.

Step 5: Remodeling Contract Preparation

  • Designer finalizes plans, design, and selections (with client as needed) and associated pricing.
  • Designer, production team, and tradesmen estimate a full, itemized scope of work.

Step 6: Team Review

  • The design and production teams meet to review the scope of work, design, and contract before client presentation.
  • Schedule client presentation to review Remodeling Contract with client.

Step 7: Remodeling Contract Presentation

  • Meet client in the showroom or at their home to review scope of work, design, and contract. The Design Services Retainer will be credited toward the Remodeling Contract.
  • If the client does not proceed with the Remodeling Contract, the Retainer is considered payment for Design Services. The design work will become the property of the client and the Design Services Retainer is considered completed.
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