Our role is to offer options to our clients – to educate them about the quality levels and associated prices that are available.
Assemble a Budget
Go Over Designs
Check Quality of Workmanship
A Design/Build Process
- We will discuss the project that is to be completed, timing of the project and set an appointment for us to meet you in your home or office.
- We can start to detail the scope of work to be completed, inspect the site for possible problems that might arise and take some basic measurements of the area to be remodeled.
- We will provide an estimated budget price for the work discussed and and a feasibility study. The feasibility study will provide a rough budget and a basic scope of work. If the budget and scope of work are acceptable we will ask for a deposit and proceed with the following.
Review & Work Process
- We then begin to work out a design, start to specify the larger cost items and assemble a budget.
- We will then set up another meeting to go over the design and to review the scope of work.
- If the scope of work and budget appears to be workable we would then enter into a Design Build Agreement that includes a deposit for completing the design, specifications, blue printing and budget.
- Once the design/blue print is completed we would finalize a proposal, sign a build contract containing a full scope of the work, finalize the terms, and apply for the permits.
- When we receive the permits we would start the project by setting up a pre-construction conference with the sales/design person, the project manager/lead carpenter and the homeowner. This meeting is to make sure details are passed on to the project manager/lead carpenter and gives the client a chance to ask any final questions before starting the site preparation.
wrapping things up
- We then complete the design and scope of work as described. If there are items that need to be changed or added we would write an additional work order for anything over $1,000.00. If the additional work order is less than $1,000.00 the work would be completed on a time and material basis and billed out once the task is completed.
- We complete a final walk through when the project is finished to ensure everything was completed to the proper specifications and check the quality of workmanship.
Years Of Experience
Cost Plus Philosophy
Educate about quality levels and associated prices
We use the Cost Plus method of pricing – a growing trend in the industry – charging our costs plus a markup. Materials, subcontracts, and our labor billing rates are marked up a percentage to cover overhead and profit.
- Overhead costs are day to day business expenses which are not directly attributable to particular jobs. Overhead includes; insurance, office expenses, rent, utilities, vehicles and other cost of business items.
- Profit is determined before taxes and company reinvestment expense.
All invoices and timecards are available for inspection – all our cards are on the table. This allows us to share the decisions on materials and subcontractors with our clients – for us to work together as a team.
Cost Plus pricing can be used on larger projects. All proposals from the subcontractors and suppliers are made available to the client. All pricing is based on our cost; in house labor, subcontractors and suppliers. We then apply a 30% mark up to those costs to cover our overhead (22%) and an 8% profit.
The cost plus billing system is spelled out in detail in our cost plus contract. For a copy of the full contract please contact our office via email or phone.
Time and Materials
Most small projects
Time and materials work is billed out for work completed on your project. It is generally used in our small projects division. Drive time to and from the job is not billed to the client and is figured into the overhead cost. Drive time to pick up materials for your project will be billed. The hourly rate is $110.00 with a two hour minimum. Any materials used on your project will be billed at the same time.
Mrs. Ann H. - Lake Forest
Thank you very much for your professionalism and promptness. The inspector said the work done in my home “exuded phenomenal quality of craftsmanship.” I applaud your work.
Mr. & Mrs. P. - Evanston
I was extremely and favorably impressed with how you took care of problems, especially the floor situation. You guys really stand by your word, and that is extremely important. A nice company to deal with! Kudos to Billy - he's great!
Mr. & Mrs. K. - Lake Forest
Thank you so much for the beautiful work. If you ever need more references give me a call. I'd highly recommend you.
Mrs. Betsy L. - Highland Park
Thank you for seeing us through this project! It was a pleasure working with you. We have total confidence in the quality of the work and are specially appreciative of your sensitivity to our needs and our home.
Mrs. Mimi K. - Park Ridge
I've contracted with many repair people in my nearly 40 years living in a pre-war house, and the most reliable and effective by far was D/R Services in Glenview. Lance and Ron were highly knowledgeable, prompt, and courteous, and their work was flawless. They have my highest recommendation.
Mr. & Mrs. T. - Glencoe
First class all the way. Best of all, the D/R man suggested ways to solve our problem to reach our goal that were economical, practical, and yet not cutting corners or "faking" it.
Mr. & Mrs. G. - Glenview
Carl had to come in and take care of all of the electrical problems and did a marvelous job - where the double oven went against the wall required some preliminary work in the wall where a few "surprises" lurked - Carl took care of everything. Carl is the man!
Mr. & Mrs. B. - Wilmette
Carl was fabulous. Lance was fabulous - I really appreciated his communication and follow through. We are very happy with the results.