Why We Use Design Agreements

There are numerous decisions, details and options to consider when planning for home remodel. Selecting a remodeler is the first, and most important, decision you will make because it is the beginning of a relationship. It’s taken months (sometimes years), to get to the point where you’re ready to remodel. You’ve asked yourself, “What’s possible with my home?” and “What can I afford?” A Design Agreement helps answer both of those questions. It is the first step to establish your commitment to your project, define expectations and to get the project underway.

How Do I Get Started?

The first step of the remodeling process is to invite one of our Project Developers over to meet with you at your home. The goal of this meeting is to see your space, listen to your ideas, understand the scope of your project and determine if it is a mutual good fit for us to work together. From there, we can provide a ballpark cost range based on what you’re looking to do. If the cost estimate aligns with what you were thinking of investing in your project and you’d like to move forward, then a Design Agreement is signed.

What’s a Design Agreement?

A Design Agreement is a service agreement that specifies what we’re going to design and assigns a cost range estimate based on the scope of the project. Mountainwood Homes’ team is investing time in the project, and therefore the client is investing money for these services. Our team has completed thousands of remodels, and we’ve seen it all.

While your home is unique, the same parts and pieces go into pricing out a kitchen, bathroom or addition remodel. That’s also why the range can be broad. The price of your project will be determined by the design of the job specifications and specific selections you make. Those two factors drive the price. That also means that before we can provide a firm, fixed price for your job, we need a design. We can provide ranges, but we can’t accurately estimate a job without a design.

What Do I Receive?

First, our team will measure the rooms in your home affected by the remodel so we can draw up your existing layout. Then, we will provide initial design concept drawings to show you what’s possible with your space. You’re invited to our office to review the designs on the big screen and talk through the scenarios with the Project Developer and a Designer. We’ll show you 3D renderings, so you are able to envision your home with the improvements. This is a collaborative process where we mix our expert advice with your vision and preferences. It’s a fun experience to see the transformation unfold! It’s exciting see your home evolve in front of your eyes after you’ve dreamed about it for so long!

From there we can get to work and put together a fixed-bid proposal to present to you. This means that we calculate the exact quantities of materials and receive price quotations from our trade partners. We consider all costs to bring your project to life – from mobilization costs, labor, and materials. You will receive final design concepts, specifications and a fixed price proposal.

How Do You Know My Style?

Our professional design team will look at your current space and listen to your wants and needs. Based on your input and the designer’s experience, they will have a very good handle on your personal style. Then, they will use this information both in the design layouts and to establish the allowances for your project.

Benefits of a Design Agreement

Entering into the Design Agreement signifies your commitment to work with our team to create the plan for the remodel together. A Design Agreement outlines the initial design perimeters and assigns a project investment level you can expect to fall within once we come back to you with a fixed-bid proposal. This ensures that what you want to do will fit within your budget. It takes away the mystery of a remodel.

How Much is a Design Agreement Fee?

The cost of a Design Agreement is based on your specific project and the time required for our team to put together design concepts and a fixed-bid proposal. A typical Design Agreement ranges from $1,200 to 5,000+.

Ready to Get Started?

Invite us over to discuss what’s possible in your home.