Building Solutions

San Rafael, CA

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Budget-Based-Design - Making costing an integral part of the design process enables us to let your budget drive the design instead of the reverse. In traditional models, the design professional is hired first, and only after they have completed 90% of their work do the plans go out to bid at the general contractor level. It'™s easy to imagine that this method often leads to delays, additional expense, and heartache when it becomes clear the project you are (and have) invested in will not be built. Budget-Based-Design avoids all that by using the project budget spreadsheet to inform the design process to keep costs strictly under control. Fewer Change Orders - Our "cartooning"process (ask us!) means fewer assumptions and ambiguities and greater detail in costing. This greater detail makes it easier to create the "a la carte" pricing system we use. All this results in better planning overall which of course then results in fewer change orders. Better Communication -“ Nobody points fingers at anyone because there's only one finger. You'™ll never be caught in the middle between the design professional and the builder because they are one in the same. That means you only make one phone call to one firm for the entire project. Less Coordination Between Project Participants -“ There is a single point of responsibility for design and layout, product selection, project budget, scheduling, and project construction. Clients can eliminate the headache of coordination between an architect and a builder themselves. Shorter Pre-Construction Process - Since the budget planning is part of the design process, you know that when the design is done, the budget is done. That means no lengthy costing and re-costing process, since the competitive bidding
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San Rafael, CA 94901

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What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Our firm uses advanced budgeting and tracking tools, including our proprietary Design-Build Calculator, a sophisticated budgeting, bidding and project management system that we have developed and refined over more than two decades. This software tool allows us instantly estimate every single potential line item against project's budget criteria, and also provides our team and clients with an advanced planning tool for estimating the impact of different design scenarios, with immediate access to every line item associated with a given project.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
We believe in total transparency regarding all aspects of the project, from each material item to each hour of a subcontractor'™s time. The spreadsheet we share with you is the one we use, not a summary prepared for you. Every piece of paper associated with the project is available to the client and accounted for in the master budget spreadsheet. For BSI, advocacy means that we represent your interests in the marketplace with the best value for every component of the project. Not only do we make sure we are getting the best price for the job, but also the best workmanship and working relationship. Our many years of experience in Northern California working with hundreds of contractors allows us to assemble, through a vetting process, your "A Team".