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Does Artisan Design-Build Corporation (ADBC) charge for estimates?

As a professional design-build firm, we do charge for our time and expertise. We typically charge $150 for our time to come to your home, evaluate your project, and provide you with a formal Design-Build Agreement. This proposal will include an estimated budget range (since we cannot accurately price out your project without a design), the initial design assumptions, and a general scope of work. Your approval of this document engages ADBC for your project, and allows us to proceed with design and engineering (if applicable). If you choose to move forward with ADBC in a design-build capacity, we typically ask for a retainer of 5% of the lower end of the anticipated budget range. If you already have architectural drawings, and would like a detailed estimate to build from those drawings, we typically charge $250 for this service. Please note that if you enter into a Design-Build Agreement with ADBC, the aforementioned $150 fee will be credited toward the retainer. If you enter into a Construction or Remodeling Agreement with us to build from your own architectural drawings, the aforementioned $250 fee will be credited toward the first payment.

 

What Forms of Payment Does ADBC Accept?

We accept checks, cash or ACH transfers for regular progress payments.  We accept the following credit cards (for estimate fees and retainers only):

 

Does ADBC have a minimum project size?

Not really, because, if the nature or size of your project is too small for ADBC, we will refer you to Home Improvement Express (HIE), a handyman and smaller project remodeling firm.  HIE and ADBC are completely separate entities, but are currently under the same ownership.  The typical custom home for ADBC usually falls within the $500,000 to $1,000,000 range.  The typical remodeling project size for ADBC usually falls within the $100,000 to $500,000 range.  Many basement finishing and kitchen or bath remodeling projects usually fall within the $50,000 – $100,000 range.

 

What is a realistic budget for my project?

In order to accurately estimate the project costs, we will need a detailed set of drawings and your material selections (or appropriate allowances).  However, as you are considering your custom home or remodeling project, we hope these averages will help you calculate a realistic budget.

 

Project Type

Average Cost

Custom Homes

$175 – $225 per s.f. and up

Room/Story Additions

$125 – $175 per s.f. and up

Whole House Remodels

$100 – $150 per s.f. and up

Basement Finishes

$50 – $75 per s.f. and up

Kitchen Remodels

$75,000 – $125,000 and up

Master Bath Remodels

$50,000 – $100,000 and up

Bathroom Remodels

$25,000 – $50,000 and up

 

 

Project Type

Average Duration

Custom Homes

7-12 months or more

Room/Story Additions

4-6 months or more

Whole House Remodels

3-5 months or more

Basement Finishes

Usually about 1 week for each 100 finished s.f. (2,000 s.f. usually takes about 20 weeks)

Kitchen Remodels

1-2 months or more

Master Bath Remodels

1-2 months or more

Bathroom Remodels

3-5 weeks or more

 

What is the typical service area for ADBC?

We usually work in the greater Denver/Boulder metro area.  However, we have also done projects as far north as Ft. Collins, and as far south as Colorado Springs.

 

When can you start?

If you work with us to do the design and engineering, that process can take as little as a week or two, in the case of a basement finish, or many weeks, or even a couple of months, in the case of a custom home.  We are usually prepared to begin work within a week or two receiving the building permit.  Permit approval times vary significantly with project scope and location.

 

Can I use my own architect?

Absolutely.  Although we offer professional CAD and engineering services, we will gladly work with the architect (and/or interior designer) of your choice.  Please see the first paragraph above regarding our service fee for estimating from your architectural drawings.

 

Is ADBC licensed and insured?

Yes, we are licensed and insured in all of the jurisdictions in which we work.  Our insurer is United Fire and Casualty.  We carry a $2 million aggregate policy, and we will gladly provide a certificate of insurance upon request.

 

Do I need to plan for any costs beyond the contract price?

Historically, our clients spend about 6-10% more than their original contract price.  This is almost always due to upgrades and/or additional work requested by our clients.  Occasionally, removal of existing structures reveals unforeseeable issues that may add cost to your project.  If this is the case, you will be consulted immediately, and you must approve any additional costs prior to the work taking place.

 

Does ADBC offer decorating services?

We do not have an interior designer on staff.  However, we do work with several designers, and we will be happy to refer you, and/or incorporate their services into our scope of work.  Many times these designers will work directly with our firm and become an integral part of the remodeling process.

 

How do I select the best materials and products for my project?

If you need help making your material selections, we will provide you with a list of our preferred vendors, most of whom offer builder discounts that we will, of course, pass along to you.

 

Does ADBC provide a warranty?

Yes, our custom home warranty is the typical 2/4/10.  Two years against faulty workmanship and defective materials (excluding fixtures), four years on the roof installation (material warranty is always much longer), and ten years against any major structural defect.

Our remodeling warranty is as follows:

Thank you for choosing our company to perform this work for you. Your satisfaction with our work is a high priority for us; however, not all possible complaints are covered by our warranty. ADBC does provide a limited warranty against defects on all ADBC- and subcontractor- supplied labor and materials used in this project for a period of one year following Substantial Completion of all work.  All workmanship shall conform to the guidelines found in the latest applicable publication Residential Construction Performance Guidelines for Professional Builders and Remodelers, National Association of Home Builders. If an item is not covered in that publication, standard industry practice shall govern.  This warranty covers normal usage only. Client must contact ADBC immediately upon discovering an item in need of warranty service.  If the matter is urgent, client must also call ADBC and send written notice of the need for warranty service.  Failure to notify ADBC of the need for warranty service within ten days of discovery of a warranty item may void the warranty.  Additionally, client’s hiring of others or direct actions by client or client’s separate contractors to repair a warranty item are not covered by this warranty and will not be reimbursed by ADBC.  No warranty is provided by ADBC on any materials not provided by ADBC, nor is any warranty provided for any aspect of the project that comes into contact with materials not provided by ADBC.  No warranty is provided on any existing materials that are moved and/or reinstalled by ADBC within the dwelling (including any warranty that existing/used materials will not be damaged during the removal and installation process). Upon Substantial Completion of the project, the client’s sole remedy (for materials and labor) on all materials that are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty is strictly with the manufacturer, not with ADBC.  No warranty is provided for freezing pipes.  No warranty is provided for damage to the existing home not due to negligence by ADBC or its subcontractors (e.g., floor or wall protection that damages the finish upon removal of the protection).  This warranty is not transferrable to future owners of the property.  ADBC will not be held liable for any future damage caused by soil movement or by deficiencies in existing construction.  Any controversy or claim arising out of or related to this Agreement involving an amount less than $7,500.00 (or the maximum limit of the Small Claims Court) must be heard in the Small Claims Division of the Weld County Municipal Claims Court (the county in which the ADBC main office is located). Any dispute over the dollar amount limit of this Small Claims Court shall be submitted to an experienced private construction arbitrator that shall be mutually selected by the parties to conduct a binding arbitration in accordance with the arbitration laws of the State of Colorado. The arbitrator shall be either a licensed attorney or retired judge who is familiar with construction law. If the parties cannot mutually agree on an arbitrator within 30 days of written demand for arbitration, then either of the parties shall submit the dispute to binding arbitration before the American Arbitration Association in accordance with the Construction Industry Rules of the American Arbitration Association then in effect.  Judgment upon the award may be entered in any Court having jurisdiction thereof.  The prevailing party in any legal proceeding related to this Agreement shall be entitled to payment of reasonable attorney’s fees, costs, and post-judgment interest at the legal rate.