Remodeling your home can be exciting – making big plans, dreaming about how it will look, picking colors and fixtures, and then watching as your house is transformed into your dream home. But if you’ve never remodeled before you might not know how the process works or where to start. Do you need to figure out what the finished project will look like all by yourself before you start? No! Do you have to hire separate carpenters, plumbers and electricians? Absolutely not!

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If you want to hire professionals to deliver a top-notch finished project, there are basically 2 approaches to home remodeling: Design/Bid and Design/Build.

1. Design First, Then Bid Out the Plans

Having an architectural firm design a project and then put it out to bid to builders for the construction phase is called the Design/Bid method. You discuss your ideas, priorities and budget with an architect who will draw up the designs and specifications, but you also need the extra steps of selecting and coordinating with an additional company, the general contractor. With this approach, there is the chance that what was designed (and what you approved) won’t be able to be built within your budget or that miscommunications will result in problems on the job. The design/bid method is one of the more complex remodeling processes.

2. TruYou Design Build™ – The MDV Approach

While we are happy to work with your architect and can help make the design/bid process less stressful,  we generally recommend a faster, less complex and, we believe, less risky process. We offer TruYou Design Build™. It’s Design/Build Perfected: the remodeling process for homeowners who would like the peace of mind, simplicity and ease of working with one trusted company from concept to completion. It’s one-stop shopping and we’ll be the single company that will be responsible to resolve any issues relating to the renovation. We believe our design/build process is less stressful for most homeowners and for most types of home remodeling projects.

We find that homeowners here in the DC Metro area truly enjoy the TruYou Design Build method of remodeling because they are motivated to take part in the process of home design. Our TruYou Design Build process make clients part of the team from the very start. Our clients love that because they tend to have done their research and have good ideas regarding the kind of look, feel and functionality they want in their renovation. We find they usually also have some clear expectations of how they’d like the construction portion of the project to go. With TruYou Design Build, our clients communicate with us and we coordinate with everyone involved as our construction brings the design to reality.

Creating a new space and putting in all the finishing touches on it is a rewarding process for all involved. Because our design/build method is so collaborative, we can discuss with you ideas based on our experience from past projects. We can also discuss what we’re seeing in new products and innovative uses of materials and finishes. Through the TruYou Design Build process, you can share with us home design ideas from Houzz, Pinterest, or any place you find inspiration.

Unlike the design/bid­ approach, we can keep cost in mind at every step. So, when we have finalized a beautiful design, building it within budget can be accomplished. You’ll love that, too!

Like to learn more about our TruYou Design Build method? Let’s talk!

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