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This is how we do business if you need plans

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You need plans and/or specifications

Confirm you need Complete Plans and or Specifications: 

  • Verify where you are in the planning process and that you want assistance creating plans

Initial Call to our office:

  • Decide to get together (in-home meeting) and outline the goals of the meeting

Initial meeting at your Home:

  • Taking the time to meet and learn about each other and our design process

Decide to work with Swiss Appeal:

  • Agreeing to work together and committing to a fixed fee design agreement

Create Concept Design and Fixed Price Proposal:

  • Working together to thoughtfully design and accurately price your project

Committing to Construction:

  • Executing a MA HIC compliant Construction Agreement

Establish and Confirm the Project Schedule: 

  • Creating and agreeing to a schedule that works for both of us

Keeping each other Informed During Construction:

  • Methods and meetings to communicate and confirm progress and details

Wrapping up Your Project:

  • Working together to complete your project before our craftsman and tools leave your hom

Goals for this process:

 Initial call to our office:

After  you have reviewed our web site and decided to contact Swiss Appeal  Design + Construction, we will start off our relationship by having a  phone conversation with the purpose of confirming there is a fit between  what you are looking for and the services we offer.  On that initial  call together we will also confirm what we both want to accomplish  should we decide and agree to get together at your home.  

In  addition to discussing what is important to you about your project, Ben  will ask for your commitment to discuss these important topics:  

  • Why  you want to do your project and what will be important to you about the  design of your project as well as the products to be used?  This will help both of us make sure the design and the products to be  used are appropriate to support your purpose for doing the project.
  • What budget range or investment amount you have set aside for your project?   If you are not sure what budget you will need to have for your desired  project we can help you gain a realistic understanding of what to  expect.  Having an open and honest discussion about the budget for your  project will help both of us make sure project design options and  specifications are in line with what you are willing and or able to  commit to financially.
  • What  your decision making process will be regarding the project as well as  choosing the contractor you will partner with to assist you with your  project.    By discussing how you plan to make your decisions we can both agree and  commit to what each of us will need to do to be sure you can ultimately  make a confident decision about choosing to work with Swiss Appeal  Design + Construction.

If  we both agree it makes sense to get together, we will set up a date and  time to have an initial meeting. To support and protect our reputation  for “Swiss Precision” we will require that all decision makers involved  in the project be in attendance at this and any other meetings.  If for  any reason someone involved cannot attend a scheduled meeting, we ask  you let us know in advance so we can reschedule for a better date and  time. 

Initial meeting to get to know each other:

At  our first meeting together we will confirm and discuss the list of  items agreed to on our initial call.  We will also use this meeting to  decide if there is a good fit between what you are looking for in your  contractor and how Swiss Appeal Design + Construction does business.  

At  this meeting it is important for both of us to have an open and honest  discussion about what is important to you and the success of your  project.  

*  Please note that all meetings will be scheduled during our established  normal business hours of 7:00AM to 7:00PM Monday through Friday. 

Next steps if we agree there is a fit:

 If at that initial meeting we both decide it makes sense to work together, the next step will be to enter into a fixed fee design agreement to begin working together to develop the design and specifications for  your project.   If the work scope of your project requires it, we will  also ask our trade partners to become involved.   After accepting our  design agreement, we will schedule our first design meeting at a time  when all decision makers can participate.

Our initial design process and what to expect

At  Swiss Appeal Design + Construction we only offer design services to  those who intend to have us build their project.   By doing business  this way we are able to streamline and reduce the total cost as well as  the time it takes to complete the design.

Our initial project  design and specification process does not include any of the  architectural or structural blueprints required for actual construction  or permit application.   In most cases we can provide fixed pricing for  your project from our concept drawings developed during the initial  design process.  The cost and creation of a final set of plans for  construction and building permit application will be included in our  fixed price proposal to you and final plans will be created only after  you commit to the project.  With our process the initial design of your  project will never exceed your budget, unless you choose to do so.  With  this approach you will only pay for project design and construction  plan sets once.

During the initial design and specification  process we will help you list and choose products to be included that  support your purpose and are within your targeted budget.  To help you  with this important process we can direct you to the vendors we partner  with to make sure you get the help you need to make good decisions.  You  will need to make certain decisions and selections before we can  complete the design process and can prepare a fixed price proposal for  you.

Moving from design to construction of your project:

As  we near completion of creating your design concept and written proposal  we will again schedule a meeting of all involved decision makers so we  can go over them together and make a final decision about working  together. 

Should you decide to go forward with us to work with  you on your project, we require you sign our proposal and provide the  deposit required as acceptance to put your project in our schedule.   We  will then prepare and execute a MA HIC compliant Construction Agreement

Should  you decide to go forward with us the initial design fee paid will be  applied to the total cost of your project.  This is because at Swiss  Appeal Design + Construction design is an integral piece of our  construction process.  Therefore the cost of design is naturally  included in the target budget agreed to before design begins, as well as  in the final fixed price proposal we prepare for you. 

If you do  not commit to go forward with Swiss Appeal Design + Construction at  this meeting all plans and specification developed will remain the  property of Swiss Appeal Design + Construction.   We will however, after  our meeting together, prepare and send you a brief project summary  indicating the total project cost.  

Establishing and confirming the project schedule

At  Swiss Appeal Design + Construction establishing and sticking to a  construction schedule is of utmost importance.  The exact start date of  your project will be conditional on you selecting and us confirming the  availability or ordering lead time of all products and materials to be  included.  This is required to control costs, protect the fixed price  for your project, reduce construction delays and minimize the impact of  construction activities on you and or your family.   It also helps us  make sure we can live up to our promise to other customers to start  their project on schedule as promised.

Keeping you informed and involved during construction

To  help us reduce construction delays and minimize the impact of  construction activities on you and or your family, you will also need to  commit to attending and participating at scheduled meetings during the  construction of your project.  The types of meetings and the number of  meetings will depend on the size and nature of your project. By  attending these meeting you will help us complete your project with the  quality you expect, in a timely fashion.

Working together to wrap up your project:

As  we near the close of your project we will meet together one more time  to review and complete our Precompletion Quality Control Checklist,  identifying all the work that still needs to be completed before we pack  up our tools and equipment, do a final job site clean-up and ask for  final payment.

We offer a 1 yr warranty on all labor and material  provided by us.   Your project warranty will begin as soon as the items  on the Precompletion Checklist have been completed.

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