Great Falls
Design/Build LTD.

P.O. Box 1333
Great Falls, VA 22066

Phone: 703 759 7088
Fax: 703 759 7276

The Design/Build Process

Overview

As a small family owned company, Great Falls Design/Build (GFDB) provides personal attention to our clients and complete focus on every project.  We can work with any size budget on a variety of projects, including everything from large additions and complete home remodeling to smaller projects of just one room or part of an existing exterior.

At GFDB, we use a Design/Build Team Approach where the Designer, Project Manager, and Building Contractors work together using their combined experience and skill to complete your project to exact specifications, both on time and within budget.  From the initial consultation to the final walk through, this time-proven process ensures that you receive superior attention and service, and that your unique vision is reflected in the finished product.

Initial Consultation

At your request, we will schedule an Initial Consultation for you with one of our Design Team Members.  This service is offered as a courtesy to our Clients.  During the initial consultation, our Design Team Member will listen to your thoughts, ideas and concerns to determine the following:

Project Specifics

What are your expectations for the project?  What would you like to accomplish in terms of use, aesthetics, fit and flow?  Our Design Team Member will offer suggestions to develop and enhance your vision of the project.

Budget

What is a realistic budget for your project?  Our Design Team Member can offer a range of suggestions and alternatives to get within your desired price range.

Overview and Questions

The Design Team Member will explain how the Design/Build process applies to your specific project.  The Team Member will make sure that all of your questions are answered so that you understand the next steps and feel comfortable moving forward.

Design Phase

Maybe you have some ideas for a project, but you need an architect or design professional to create a conceptual design and (ultimately) plans for actual construction.  GFDB brings your vision to life through our custom design service, which includes project plans, drawings, product selection and budget creation.

GFBD is also happy to work with Clients who have design plans already prepared and are ready to move into the construction phase.

Construction Phase

Once the design and budget are refined, a lead carpenters will be assigned to your project.  GFDB’s Lead Carpenters are master craftsmen with years of experience who can take your project all the way from foundation to hardware installation.  They will be on the jobsite daily to supervise and build your project.

During this phase, you can expect the following:

  • The entire GFBD Team will work together to ensure that the initial design intent is reflected in your finished product.  We also constantly crosscheck the design with our cost estimates to ensure that we stay within your budget.
  • The Project Manager will make comprehensive site visits to identify existing conditions that might affect the progress of your project.  We use a special software program to help deal with any changes during construction, allowing us to anticipate and prevent problems before they arise.
  • Team Members will involve you in regular meetings to discuss any changes in conditions or materials, and any additions to the contract will be clearly spelled out.