Enjoy this continuing series as we follow Jonna and Doug through the design and build of their family’s new Kenilworth home. In this episode, Lisa Pickell discusses the complexities of accurately estimating a custom build.
When working with a design-build firm such as Orren Pickell Building Group, your home (and your budget) still benefits from competitive bidding. Throughout the design phase, the team will have a good idea of what things will cost, but during the proposal phase these round numbers become real.
“Once we print plans, three things happen,” explains president Lisa Pickell. “We apply for a permit, the owners will secure financing if needed and we’ll go to bid. We get bids for everything—concrete, framing, paint, masonry, shower doors—it involves about 60 trades.”
Choices and priorities
Up until this stage, it can be hard to imagine what $1,000/ton vs. $600/ton stone means to the actual cost of your home. As pricing comes together, it’s easier to understand the implications of each choice, so clients can make informed decisions.
Is a slate roof a must-have, or is the price of an engineered version going to work better? How does the cost for blended-color slate compare to black slate? Is the preferred roof more important than radiant heat in the garage? Can gas heat work just as well?
The Pickell team’s familiarity with manufacturers and products offers real value throughout this process. For example, if a client feels that their plumbing selections add up to more than they’d hoped, the Pickell team can suggest similar options at more attractive price points.
Pickell Builders calls this process “Ins and Outs.” What goes in? What comes out? And how does it affect the bottom line? When this phase is complete, clients can sign a final contract with confidence.