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What to Expect During the Design-Build Process

By bluecorona Jul 24, 2019

Doing a whole-home remodel doesn’t have to be as difficult or stressful as it sounds. At Fiderio & Sons, we specialize in complete interior and exterior home remodeling and design-build services. 

Design-build refers to how a remodeling business provides full-project design, execution, and delivery of remodeling services. Working with a design-build firm promotes communication and project planning, which ultimately eliminates the need for you to hire and manage several contractors independently to work on your project. 

For example, without a design-build firm, you may need to hire and manage the work of a designer, an architect, a general contractor, and one or more subcontractors for specific installations, such as plumbing, electrical, flooring, and tile. 

A design-build remodeler manages all of this for you and deals with all day-to-day tasks, such as ordering, scheduling, and addressing any unexpected obstacles that may occur along the way. This means everyone will be on the same page throughout the process. And best of all, you as the homeowner won’t have to be the middleman. 

Here’s what to expect during the design-build process.

Initial Consultation

The goal of an initial consultation is for the expert designers to get a clear idea of exactly what you want to accomplish with your home renovation. You should indicate all aspects of your vision, including any concerns you have or details about what’s most important to you in the end result. 

The expert will give you some ideas as well, based on their expertise, and will ask questions to ensure they fully understand your vision. Depending on the scope of the project, you may be provided with a rough verbal estimate and a general understanding of what to expect in terms of construction.

Preliminary Design and Estimate

The next step you’ll take with a design-build company is the preliminary stage, including the design and proposal phases. In many instances, this stage may require a deposit, as your request for a proposal involves several hours of time and research so the designer and team can scope the job, design the plans, and write a comprehensive proposal tailored to your renovation. 

In this phase, the experts will get into the details of your home renovation. This includes detailing the materials they will use, confirming your needs and desires, determining the cost to complete the renovation, and estimating the timeline for completion. 

Samples, as well as 3D renderings or layouts, will be provided, as necessary, to help you envision exactly what your home will look like. There will be some back-and-forth interaction between you and the expert designer, so it’s important to always be open and let them know your thoughts. 

At the end of this stage, you’ll be presented with a final written proposal and estimate. You’ll need to sign the paperwork at this stage if you want to proceed with the project. 


Once you approve the written contract, the experts go to work on your home renovation project. They will work diligently behind the scenes, preparing for construction. This includes coordinating all aspects of the renovation, from concept to completion.

At this point, the project manager is your main point of contact. The project manager will keep you informed and updated throughout the process regarding schedules, the scope of work, and any concerns you have. You can ask questions at any time. 

Final Walkthrough

After the construction is complete, you’ll do a final walkthrough with your project manager and address any concerns, make minor changes, and ask any questions you may have. 

If you did a whole-home remodel, evaluate every aspect of the project to ensure you’re completely satisfied before you give final approval. The step-by-step nature of the design-build process eliminates surprises, so most of the time the final walkthrough is just to admire your completed project for the first time and go over any punch list items that may need to be reviewed.

Fiderio & Sons is proud to provide the highest quality craftsmanship and service. We go to great lengths to always ensure customer satisfaction, regardless of whether we’re doing a bathroom remodeling in CT, kitchen renovations, outdoor renovations, and even whole-home remodeling projects. 

No project is too large or small for our team to handle, so contact us at any time to schedule an initial, no-obligation consultation and begin the process of turning your vision into a reality.

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