Our Design Build Process

Winthorpe's Design Build Process

Winthorpe Design CenterOur ideas and designers’ vision are what set Winthorpe Design Build apart. There’s no shortage of contractors in the Washington DC Metro area who can help you on a purely tactical level with the construction of your new custom home or home remodeling project.

However, when you’re looking for more than just a builder, that’s where Winthorpe Design Build shines. Our architectual designers are hands on and collaborative, working with you to share their vision for your home, while ensuring you are involved every step of the way. The process is highly personal and focused on your individual needs and goals. That’s why you meet with your dedicated designer at the outset of the process before any design has begun.


In-Home Design Consultation

You call Winthorpe Design Build for a free, in-home design consultation to discuss your ideas and explore your options. Scott and Krag are experts in helping homeowners define their vision and realize their goals. The process starts with our first visit to your home. Your designer will discuss the issues you are trying to address to learn what you are hoping to achieve. We will talk about your wish list and tour the areas in your home you are looking to renovate to identify the project scope. Your designer will show you examples of other home improvement projects we have completed and will walk you through the Winthorpe's design build process to answer all your questions.

We will also discuss your target investment. We'll need to have a frank and honest discussion of how much you want to invest in your home; only you can tell us that. We can only estimate how much your project will cost.

With this information in hand, we can then create a preliminary design layout and a preliminary budget range specific to your project. 


The Design Agreement

Once the preliminary design and budget range have been discussed and you are comfortable and ready to move forward with Winthorpe Design & Build, we will create the Design Agreement to cover the design work described below along with the creation of the contract pricing based on that design. 

After the signing the Design Agreement,You may meet with your designer several times during the early stage of the planning process as we begin to fine-tune the scope of your project. We will prepare detailed floor plans and elevations for your review and approval. Cost projections are provided, budgets are established, and financing options are explored at this phase of the process. Concepts that started out as vague ideas are filling in with detail. Excitement builds as images of the completed project begin to emerge!


Developing Blueprints & Choosing Design Elements                                                                                                     

Once preliminary layouts and designs have been finalized and meet with your approval, we submit them to our team of staff architectual desiners who will begin preparing the blueprints that will be used by our craftsmen in the field. Great care and attention to detail is provided to ensure code compliance, structural soundness and beauty in the finished product.

During this same period of time, you will meet with your designer at our showroom to select the products and finishes that will be used in your project. There is a vast array of materials, options and finishes from which to choose. We created the Winthorpe Showroom Design Center to be used as a resource in the selection process, ultimately saving much time. It is located in Howard county Maryland and provides an incredible selection of unique design elements. Beautiful room displays offer inspiration and you will be able to see and touch the products you will be choosing. With the guidance of your experienced designer, you will discover a world of stunning and innovative products and accessories that can be used in the design and construction of your renovation masterpiece.


Obtaining Building Permits

Winthorpe will obtain all of the necessary construction permits from your municipality. You can relax and proceed with the construction, fully confident that everything is being taken care of.


Project Management

When building permits are issued, construction will begin soon thereafter. You will be assigned a project manager who will be overseeing the construction activity. He will meet with you before construction begins and frequently thereafter to answer any questions and to provide overviews and progress updates. Communication is very important, and your project manager will be instrumental in keeping you informed and making sure everything is running smoothly and to your specifications. Our projects mangers are on your job from start to finish.


Life During Construction

If you are living in your home during the construction period, (and most of our clients do!), we understand your normal routine may feel somewhat

interrupted. Please be assured that we will take every possible measure to be as unobtrusive and respectful as possible. The day-to-day experience during construction is just as important as the finished results, which is why we focus on  making living through the remodel as painless as possible. The offset to the construction activity will be the excitement you’ll experience each day as you get closer to project completion and can begin to enjoy your newly remodeled home!


Completing the Renovation Project

As construction nears completion, your project manager will take you on a final walk though. At this point any concerns you have will be noted and resolved prior to finishing your project. Your complete satisfaction is our highest goal. Our total commitment to client satisfaction is the reason that over 80% of our work comes from referrals. 


Our Warranty That You Will Be Completely Satisfied

Not only do we want you to be happy upon completion of your renovation project, but we want you to be happy going forward. This is why we give you Winthorpe's Warranty which guarantees that we will provide any covered service needed on your renovation for 3 years.

Let's Get Started

Call today and Winthorpe can answer any questions you may have.

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