“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”
Whether you are looking for custom design services or a partnership with your current architect, we are able to get on your team wherever you are in the process. Building and renovating homes has many moving parts that need to be coordinated well in advance to ensure a smooth project. Each step is dependent on the order and if the organizational systems are not there you will be frustrated and disappointed. At Kaven Homes we pride ourselves on being organized through a construction schedule, staying on top of material ordering and selections, and working with a design team to ensure all decisions are made well in advance. This will make your renovation experience stress-free and more rewarding in the end. You will know what the next steps are for your project so that you are not left in the dark wondering how your dream renovation is going to be a reality. When you decide to build or renovate with us we will give you a detailed breakdown of each step and keep you informed along the way. Below is a summary of each step that we use as a guide from the concept to the completion of your home.
Step 1 - Discovery Call
The first step in starting your project is a phone conversation. Usually this phone conversation isn’t long, and it is used to gather your information, and see if we are the right fit for each other. Some questions that may be asked are; “What prompted you to reach out to us?” “What style of home are you looking to build?” All these questions and more will be asked so that we get to know more about you and your project. When we agree to proceed to the next step, we will e-mail a meeting link to book a time where we can meet face to face.
Step 2 - Face To Face Introduction
The first in-home appointment is set after gathering some initial information. Your vision can be created by creating a folder of pictures from magazines or links to the websites like Pintrest or Houzz before our first meeting. This helps us to understand the vision of the changes you have in mind for your home. We listen carefully to what you are looking to achieve, and will answer all your questions and concerns at the first meeting. This will give us a chance to get to know each other and view the existing home in order to assess existing room sizes, structural considerations and current layout.
Step 3 - Design Build Process or Build Process
What step we take from here will depend on where you are currently are in the process. Below are the steps for the Design Build Process and the Build Process.
Design Build Process
During the Design-Build process stage, we will spend the next few months working alongside you with our design team. We’ll set up a time to go through a highly detailed questionnaire to obtain answers to all your wants and needs for your project. Once we have the questionnaire filled out and you have sent us all your inspirational photos we will begin drawing and/or designing the first concept of your new home addition or renovation. We will communicate budget to you as the drafts of your build or renovation are developed. This will provide you with a good idea on how much your project will cost so you can decide how you would like to proceed. Once permit drawings are obtained our Interior Designer will begin discussing all of the material selections and design choices available for your home. In order to provide customers with the opportunity to visualize their space we provide 3D renderings of your project. For clients this allows them to see how everything will look in their home. Your project is a big investment and we want to make sure you are happy with the end result.
If you currently have architectural drawings we will work in collaboration with your designer or architect to work through and finalize all of the design details, and prepare your home for construction. We provide a range of services such as consulting on current drawings to ensure cost efficiency in your build, as well as providing 3D renderings and space planning. We are happy to collaborate with your current design team to work through and finalize all of the design details.
Step 4 - Proposal Presentation
Once the plans have been completed we will meet with you to present our proposal. This presentation usually takes 1-2 hours as we detail every part of your project with a line item allowance and explain some choices you have along the cost to bring the cost up or down. If you decide to choose Kaven Homes we will enter into a contract and set you up on our online project management system. Every detail of project will be in one place, easily accessible, 24/7. Once you are entered into our construction slot we start preparing the build process for your new home including taking care of all permit requirements.
Step 5 - Construction
A final walk-through is taken with the homeowner ensuring that all work has been finished to the expected standard upon completion of the project. We honour a 1-year warranty should any issues arise. We strive to make sure you are happy with your project. Building and renovating a home, doesn’t happen overnight, and we enjoy getting to know you and your family and developing a lasting relationship with you for years to come. We may be done with your project, but we are always available for any questions or future projects you may consider.
Step 6 - Relationships
We are a family business. Once you build with us, you become a part of our family. After moving in, we don’t say goodbye. We schedule 1-month, 6-month, and 12-month visits. We go through the home and make sure everything is in proper working order. If there’s an immediate issue, we or our sub-trades will come and fix it right away. We get to know you and develop a lasting relationship with you for years to come.