When you are ready to undertake a major remodel or addition to your Portland home, you will be faced with the choice of approaches to take: Hire an architect or designer to draw up the plans, and then find a builder to execute them; or contract with a design-build company, such as COOPER Design Builders, which will provide full-service remodeling from design to completion of the job. Here’s how COOPER Design Builders works.
This six- to 10-week process starts with an initial consultation at your home, at which you describe the project as you envision it, and COOPER’s representatives will do a lot of listening. We’ll discuss whether your ideas will work in your home, and how they might need to be modified, and we’ll talk about general pricing. We’ll also explain how our design-build process works and answer any questions you have.
After we’ve signed a design agreement, we’ll take measurements at your home so we can draw up plans of its existing layout. Then we’ll create an initial design for your project and meet with you so you can give us feedback on that first-round design. We’ll listen to your reactions — what you love and what you think should be different — and we’ll keep revising until you love the design. At the end of this process, we will provide you with a detailed estimate and final design drawings that you can take to the bank to start the loan process. At this point, you will own the plans and can continue working with us or not.
If you decide to hire COOPER Design Builders for your project, we’ll begin the refining process, which should take another six to 10 weeks. You’ll sign our construction commitment letter and then sit down with our designers to talk about the fun stuff — the specific materials, fixtures, and finishes that we will use for your remodel.
We will create detail drawings of the interior of your space, depicting it the way it will look with the materials you’ve selected.
We’ll take our skilled trades people and our suppliers through your home so they can prepare for the start of construction.
Based on the materials you have selected and the final construction details, we will refine the budget for the project.
Then we will produce construction plans, with engineering specifications, and submit them to the city with the building permit applications.
Now we’re almost ready to start building. After you sign a construction agreement, we’ll meet with you to discuss the steps COOPER Design Builders will take to help your peace of mind during construction, such as dust control, daily cleanup, security, and other management practices.
We schedule each step of the three- to nine-month build and will meet with you regularly to keep you informed and gather your input. Our online project management software will allow you to stay in touch with our team and to have at your fingertips all of the information about your project: the construction schedule, specifications, plans, and drawings.
It’s our top priority to make sure that you are happy with both the building process and the final product — that your dream becomes a reality. To that end, we provide a one-year warranty on all the work we did at your home. We will schedule warranty appointments for 30 days, six months, and one year after the completion of your project to make sure you’re still happy.
In this full-service remodeling approach, one company has control of all phases of the job, streamlining the process and providing a single point of contact for the homeowner. The various divisions of the company communicate easily and work out issues among themselves, with fewer opportunities for things to slip through the cracks. COOPER Design Builders has checks and balances in place to make sure you end up with the final result that you dreamed of, at the price you agreed to in the contract.