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Old 03-10-2013, 06:47 PM   #21
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I once made an initial visit to a couple who wanted a master suite addition, including a large spa bathroom, with marble everywhere, modeled on a hotel they'd stayed in while traveling in Italy. We're standing in dirt in the back yard, in the space eventually to be occupied by the addition, and they would NOT stop arguing about whether the towels in the hotel were mauve. They pulled out photos and asked me to settle the argument. All I could do was say, "I'm colorblind," and get out of there as fast as I could.
Was that couple male or female?



Hey come on, he's in San Fransisco after all.


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Old 03-10-2013, 07:37 PM   #22
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Seems like maybe we are talking about two different things here.

A competent GC, leading a Design/Build Team to conceptualize a clients project & it's demands, then creates a set of plans & specs that help the Design/Build Team construct the project in the most cost efficient manner for the client is one thing....

A designer that helps the HO pick the right shade of mauve toilet paper for their new bathroom or orders some ridiculously expensive product that ships from Europe once a year is an entirely different animal....

I'll work with the first group any time....

The second one often get run off quickly....
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A builder or remodeler can have tremendous success aligning themselves with the right interior decorator. I've seen my fiance turn one builder around years ago to be one of the most wanted builders around. I use her for all my rehab and spec houses and get the wows from every looker.

I believe buyers rate builders in this order….
1 Floor plan
2. Decorating and selections
3, Location
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Remodelers are rated by
1.Decorating and selections
2 Floor plan
Most remodeling is redecorating anyway
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Hey come on, he's in San Fransisco after all.
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I just thought the argument about towels was not a good start for a remodeling process. Not the job for me.
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Design/Build is where the contractor controls the design, whether its in-house or sub contracted.

The key is finding a designer(s) and or architects that you can work with.

Done right it can be a win, win for contractor and designer and a win for the client as well.

Business relationships are reciprocal, get to know a few of the players, throw them a bone or two, make them look good and the referrals will roll in.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:52 AM   #26
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I don't think there are any special type of licenses you have to obtain to be a design-build firm. I got my general contractors license and named my business McGee Design and Build LLC. The CCB licensing board didn't say anything. Right now I just do residential remodels. In Oregon interior designers do not have to be licensed so I do not think it matters.

As far as a designer my mother is an experienced interior designer with a background in architecture. At the initial client meeting I present a design contract. I will give them a rough estimate for their scope of work. If they want a full bid that I sign my name too then we sign a contract. I charge $50 for a bid and if the client wants a design concept created I collect at that time too. I charge $150 for a bathroom and $250 for a kitchen. Any other rooms are charged based on square footage. The client gets a drawn floor plan with elevations, electrical concept and plumbing concept. No finish materials are included in this. If they want me to do the work, I credit them back the contract amount. If they don't, they have a set of drawings they can get other bids from. Based upon how picky the clients are and how much they want my designer involved, I negotiate a price with my designers for her fee's and just put it into my bid. My designer can deal with the material selection with clients saving me time although I have the ultimate say if they pick something crazy that I do not want to install. Changes = Change orders. A good relationship with your designer is key.

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