Our Process

Step 1: Initial Meetings
Renovation of your home is a huge undertaking. While it is exciting, it can also be very stressful. To determine if we are the right firm for your project, we start with a couple of exploratory meetings. First, we will meet in our showroom, and then we will meet at your home. We want to sit down with to and get a clear understanding of your goals, needs, and expectations. And we want to determine the scope of the project and your budget parameters. We will walk you through our Design and Renovation Planning Survey to identify what components are most important to your project. Finally, we will give you an overview of our firm, review our processes with you, and discuss next steps. We want to provide you will all the details you need to feel confident that we are capable of completing the renovation of your dreams.


Step 2: Proposal Presentation
After our exploratory meetings, we will prepare a preliminary plan that is designed specifically for you based on your input, style, and requirements. We will review this preliminary plan with you in our showroom, and we will present to you a detailed proposal that includes a detailed proposal and estimated cost for the entire project. The proposal will also include a proposed design with elevations, floor plans, and 3D color renderings as well as product information and brochures. While we expect that your plans will evolve further as we work through the design/build process together, this step provides you with confidence that we are the right firm to partner with. At this time we will collect a design fee/retainer, depending on the scope of the project, which will be applied to the contract.


Step 3: Finalizing the Design & Contract
After we collect the design fee from you, we work together to refine your renovation design. We are committed to meet as often as you need to iron out every detail of your project and ensure that you are comfortable with every aspect of the project before moving forward. Subcontractor visits to the site to verify initial cost estimates and limit possible additional costs during the renovation process. When all of the adjustments to the design are made, and when all of the project specifications are finalized, we will prepare a detailed contract for you. The detailed contract will include the final cost estimate for your renovation. When all of these details are agreed upon, we will meet again to sign the contract together. At this point, your new renovation project will officially be on its way!


Step 4: Kick-Off Meeting
After the contract is signed, we will hold a project kick-off meeting either at your home or in our showroom. Together we will schedule a construction start date and discuss how we will set up a work area and plan out the process of sealing off the remainder of your home to keep it separate from the renovation activities. We will provide you with information about the project construction team members, discuss communication preferences, and review the final project specifications with you.


Step 5: Renovation & Construction
Once your renovation begins, you can expect that we will fully respect your home and family. We install plastic, zippered sheeting that separates your living area from the renovation area. Our work area will be swept and organized at the end of each day and we will cause as little disruption as possible to your daily activities. We will leave a detailed job book on site; it includes plans and project specifications for your reference. We will update you on a daily basis with the status of your renovation, and we will be available to meet with you any time you have a questions about the project. We will ensure that all change orders are documented before proceeding with any additional work. As your dream comes to fruition, we will look forward to breaking out the champagne together to celebrate the end of a successful project!


Contact Sudbury Design Center now by filling out the contact form on this page or calling us at 978-443-8828 to get your project started today!