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Los Gatos Kitchen
SLARVE CONSTRUCTION has a passion for WHOLE HOME REMODELS, NEW CONSTRUCTION, ADDITIONS, and ADU’s.
The truth is that building is straightforward with all of the specifications and materials laid out in front of you. The challenges come with managing budgets, client’s expectations, moving schedules, maintaining subcontractors relationships, and even controlling the weather can suddenly make building complicated. This all can result in stress, aggravation, and can be extremely costly if done without a plan. That’s why we’ve spent years developing a process to make your building project to be as fun as it should be. We’ve tried it, it works incredibly well.
A MESSAGE FROM ALEX
Henry Ford once said “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”
We live by that mantra. When building a home, it’s good to remember that your new space is going to be influencing lives long after we’ve left the job, so we build to the same level of quality whether it’s the framing of a 2×4 stud behind a wall, or an exposed detail that will be seen by everyone.
I am owner, operator, and a 3rd generation builder. It’s what I love to do. It feels good to leave a job knowing that you did everything right for them, and made sure they were taken care of long after we’ve left.
In order to keep our clients on time, on budget, and stress free, we complete as much of the planning as possible with the client BEFORE we begin work on a project. Everything from cabinet layouts to exterior siding choices is covered BEFORE we sign a build contract. We take pride in staying on budget, and MINIMIZING change orders, that’s where Pre Construction Planning becomes an extremely powerful tool to us, and our clients families. To be able to financially plan, and logistically plan your lives is important to us as it is to you.
PHASE 1: ESTIMATE
The estimate uses “Not Expected to Exceed” and “No Less Than” numbers to be as straightforward as possible. We allow for a variance there for any significant changes, but this should help to get us on the same page with our clients before deciding to move forward with more involved Pre Construction Planning.
PHASE 2: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT (PSA)
Slarve Construction LLC is a full service Design Build Contractor. We specialize in working with our clients in the early stages of the project development process and typically will work with the architect in the design process. Typically, in this Pre Construction Planning phase, there is a significant amount of work to be done. We give all of our clients this PSA, in order to fully realize the scope of the project. This requires a $1,000 retainer and bi monthly billing and gets us started with the Pre Construction Planning for your project.
PHASE 3: PRE CONSTRUCTION PLANNING
After the PSA is signed, we use this time to get a comprehensive picture of the scope of work, master materials list, production schedule, and all supporting documentation and applications required by your city and or county . This can include anything from getting a soils report ordered to finishing the cabinet layout of your kitchen to make sure the building process goes smoothly. During this time we fully develop a working schedule in a gantt chart, a materials list, and a bid price contract.
PHASE 4: BUILD CONTRACT
This defines three of the most important things to the client, The Scope Of Work, the Schedule of Payments, and Approximate Start and Completion Date, as well as all of the additional requirements made by the state of California for a home improvement contract. It is important that the contract is carefully reviewed and understood before moving forward, this is the part where the project starts getting exciting!
PHASE 5: THE BUILD
Throughout the building phase all ordering materials, scheduling, oversight and coordination will be handled by our team. Concurrently, we will keep you up to date on progress and issues. We also take pride in making ourselves available to our clients regularly.
No matter how carefully we plan your project, often the client wants to make some changes along the way once they see what their project looks like in real life. We are prepared to accommodate any changes you may want to make. Our Contract will explain how costs associated with your changes will be handled, and our team will be present to execute these adjustments.
PHASE 6: PROJECT COMPLETION
During this phase we will meticulously inspect the job site to ensure that the craftsmanship level has been maintained to our standards throughout the project. We will do a final review meeting with you to answer any questions. We will do a final clean up both within the project and anything on the property that we touched. We put together a USB drive to share comprehensive records describing everything from paint colors to appliance specs and pictures for records throughout the project. Punch list will be completed at the end of the scope of work to finalize our work.
PHASE 7: 6-WEEK FOLLOW UP
As the project gets moved into we give the clients time to familiarize themselves with their new home. We don’t just disappear and give clients the key and run off with a last check. After 4-8 weeks we reconnect with the clients to make sure everything is still opening and closing properly. We want to make sure you and your family continue to enjoy your new home long after we’re gone.