July 23, 2014

Design Topic: Planning Makes It Perfect.

I’m a planner. I feel more on top of my game when I know what lies ahead every day. My penchant for organizing meetings and project schedules is more of a blessing than it is a curse in this business: As a builder, planning is the all-important first step to any successful project.

When we sit down with a customer to discuss a new project, the first question is often, “How soon can we get started?”At Dover, we see the biggest surge in new project starts right before the holidays and at the end of summer.  Most often, homeowners are so excited about getting started on their project that they don’t consider the essential planning phases that must come first.

Our general rule of thumb—which fluctuates based on the size and scope of the job—is that it takes about four to six weeks from the time we sign the contract until we start the project. Here is what we allot for in that window of time:

  • Design phase—working with the customer and our architects and designers to create and finalize drawings
  • Selection phase—choosing materials (flooring, countertops, carpet, paint colors, etc.), fixtures, appliances, etc.
  • Permit phase—securing the essential permits for the project
  • Order schedule—placing the orders for building materials, appliances, etc.

If you want your new kitchen by Christmas, it’s best to meet with us at least two months before we start work in your home to make sure we have enough time built in on the front end. You have to keep in mind that you might not want a crew working in your home the week before Christmas, especially if you have young children.

At Dover, we pride ourselves on being flexible—and we’ll work when and where you need us.  But above all, we’ve found that pre-planning is the best way to ensure a smooth and enjoyable remodeling experience.

For more about planning for your next project, check out more “Dialogs with Dover” at our Youtube page.

The Best Is Yet To Come,
Beth Orr