The Build Process
We understand that a renovation or new construction project comes with a mix of emotions: stress, excitement, worry, and oftentimes, it can be overwhelming. For most of us, our real estate is our most valuable asset, and upgrading our real estate is our biggest investment. It’s a major time investment as well; weeks, months, even years, and literally hundreds of decisions to be made.
We realize that most of the concerns our clients have, simply come from a lack of knowledge, or unfortunately, a bad prior experience. To alleviate some of that tension and to make sure THIS project is a great experience; Timber Wolf Design/Build will be your advisor and educator from the start. We will do anything we can to clear-up the confusion, take away the uncertainty, and avoid the “surprises” that arise and are ever-too-common in our industry.
Do you have an idea, a basic concept, or maybe even some preliminary drawings or plans? Construction Consultation should start now. Regardless of whether you’re dealing with one of our designers or your own architect, the General Contractor is the one that turns your concept and vision into a reality and will offer a unique perspective based more on the time, feasibility and cost of your project. We can provide you with an initial project consultation and budgetary pricing early on in the design process. We will also be retained throughout the design process, to give you the builder’s perspective and budget updates as your concept evolves into a buildable plan.
A kitchen remodel, a room addition, adding a second story to your home, or tearing half the house down and rebuilding it to your liking…these are residential renovations. It may come as a surprise, but the construction process is virtually the same whether it is a bathroom remodel or a complete teardown and rebuild. The same types of crews with relevant specialties perform their work in roughly the same order – from initial demolition, all the way through to the finishing touch-up; in general, it’s just the size of the crews utilized and the types and amounts of materials used that differs.
Like residential renovations, construction work on commercial structures follows a very similar build process, but usually with different motivations and requirements by both the building owner, and the by the local governing body enforcing the Ontario Building Code. Functionality, retail appeal, employee comfort, the affects a disruption to the workplace has on production, and how the project will affect your business’ bottom line are all factors commonly dealt with in a commercial environment. Timber Wolf is experienced in addressing and planning for all the unique needs your business has during your renovation.
Design should be the toughest part. From the development of basic sketches or simple plans for over-the-counter permits, to a full construction build-set that details every item in your project, all the way down to the light-switch. This is true design. Based on your wants and needs, 90% of the concept, functionality, efficiency and of course aesthetics of your project will be discussed, debated, and decided upon during this stage. When we put the thought and effort here, construction becomes the fun part!
Yes, there will always be changes and “tweaks” in the field as the planning we’ve done becomes a reality and you get a chance to see your vision come to fruition in your new space. But nothing sets us up for success, more than a solid, well thought-out, and detailed design.
Custom Home Construction
From an empty plot of land to a complete tear-down and re-build, from the ground up, if it can be built, we can do it. Regardless of the style inspired by you and completed during the design process: Traditional, Contemporary, Modern, Cape Cod, “Green” and every combination in between, we’re here to make your custom home a reality.
There are numerous ways to actually set-up and contract construction projects: cost plus, management only, contract per plan, design + build, etc. As a custom construction company, we’re here to customize our services to your specific needs. But regardless of how a project is set-up, some form of construction management is the service constant on all construction projects. It includes project set-up, providing a detailed construction timeline (and sticking to it), ordering materials, scheduling various subcontractors and crews to perform the work, working with the city and county inspectors, providing you with daily and weekly updates regarding the project’s progress, ensuring your home or building is safe and secure, and of course quality controlling the work to perfection by delivering to you the finish product that you’ve dreamed about. The relationship between the owner and the construction manager is usually long-term and develops into a strong bond based on trust and respect that is maintained through constant communication. So finding a team that you feel comfortable working with is extremely important.
So the house is perfect! Now what? We have interior design specialists that are ready to assist you with every selection all the way down to the bath towels. As a contractor offers a unique perspective to the project, so does the interior designer. If you personally connect with someone who really “gets” your style, they can be involved in the project from the very beginning, and assist or select your finishes, tile, counter tops, cabinet design, colors, textures, and furniture so that your new or renovated home looks and feels as good as it was designed and built.