Our Design Build Process

Who is Jack Dever?

My wife Jennifer and I live in Kirtland with our two beautiful children Alyssa and Jack Jr. When not working I love to spend time with my family, playing golf (although not so well) and continuing my education. For over 30 years I have served my clients in many construction and property management capacities, here are my list of experiences and credentials:

  • Undergraduate program, Business Management at Cleveland State University
  • President – Dever Design & Build, LLC (est. 1990) – Design, Build & Remodel Services
  • President – Dever Properties, Inc. (1995-2000) – REO & HUD Property Maintenance
  • Producer & Host – The Home Solutions Show (2005-2010) – Home Improvement Radio Show
  • Correspondent – Fox 8 Cleveland (est. 2011) – Home Improvement Topics and How To’s
  • Associations – National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Professional Remodelers of Ohio, Cleveland Restoration Society, local Chambers of Commerce, Cleveland Area Networking and Referral Group, BNI
  • Certification – Ohio Certified Lead-Base Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting: Certification #R-I-18350-10-02676
  • Approved Builder for the Cleveland Restoration Society Heritage Home Program

My advice to homeowners is simply this: Do what you do best, work hard at your profession, take care of your family, and let my wealth of experience go to work for you.

How I Serve My Clients

I typically serve my clients in the traditional design/build manner, which is detailed below. I also provide advisor services for clients who simply need someone to hold their hand as they oversee their own project, that too is detailed below.

What Will My Project Cost?

Every project is unique, so there is no exact formula I use to what a project will cost until we go through the steps described below in the Design/Build Service. But, to give you an idea on what typical projects cost, here are some examples:

Average sized kitchens typically cost around $50K for a complete demo and rebuild project, which includes new cabinets, granite/quartz countertops, flooring and tile backsplash, new lighting, trim work, drywall/painting, etc. We do not supply appliances, so if you want to replace your appliances, add that cost to the kitchen remodel.

Complete demo and rebuild bath remodels are roughly $25K, costs go up when you include custom tiled showers and larger spaces. Master baths are more difficult to determine without fully knowing the size/shape of the space and all of the design considerations and fixtures involved.

Basement finish/remodels depend on the total finished area and what types of rooms are included. Start at around $50K with a rec-room, office, storage spaces, etc. (cannot have a bedroom without an egress window installed). If we are adding a bathroom or kitchen in the basement, the cost will increase and will depend greatly if plumbing lines are in place or not. Special entertainment spaces like wet bars and home theatres will increase costs. We are experts in designing and building dedicated home theatres.

Room additions vary greatly… 1 or 2 story, 1st floor or 2nd floor addition, what type of rooms are being added, type of foundation (slab, crawl or basement), size of the new space, accessibility to the construction site, amount of demo involved, new heating/cooling system required, etc. On average they start at $200-$300+SF, to get the SF price to come down requires a larger space, “easy” work, with no kitchen/bath as an example. Again, it’s best to enter the two phase design service described below for larger projects like room additions, there’s just too many variables involved.

Design/Build Service

From our first meeting and through the entire design/build process, I will personally manage every detail for your project to insure that your expectations are exceeded.

I ask that all decision makers for your project attend all meetings, as everyone has different opinions/ideas on what should be accomplished, so it’s best that everyone is involved for every meeting.

First On-Site Meeting.

During our first meeting, the free construction consultation, I will gather pertinent information for your project, like filling out our Client Survey. If you have drawings for your home, please make them available for our meeting. I typically allow one hour for the free consultation meeting. This meeting will help us determine which service makes the most sense, either the Design/Build Service or the Advisor Service.
If we decide to move forward with the Design/Build Service, here’s what will take place:

After Our First Meeting.

If your project involves remodeling an existing space(s) within your home, like a kitchen, bath, basement, etc., I will prepare a free written ballpark estimate for your project tailored to fit within range of your investment budget amount that you will provide during the Client Survey. Knowing what dollars you want to invest into your project is the only way I can properly prepare a scope of work for the ballpark estimate.

Second On-Site Meeting.

I will present the ballpark estimate at this meeting and it will be based upon the initial site observance and my professional opinion related to a scope of work that might be performed. The ballpark estimate price will only be an approximate since accurate construction costs and a final total price can only be determined after possible drawings are prepared, product selections and job specifications have been completed.

To determine exact costs for a fixed price contract, I will also present a design service agreement during this second meeting. The design service agreement will help us finalize all remaining details, like final design considerations, product selections, and if applicable I’ll also conduct a trades meeting at your home to define the scope of work, etc. I can then prepare final job specifications, estimate final job sales price and present to you for your final approval and signatures. The design service agreement is a fee based service, which is credited back to you if you sign the construction contract at the time of presentation.

If your project is large in nature requiring architectural drawings, like remodeling a whole house, room addition, custom project, etc., we will discuss the project details so that I can provide you a design service agreement. Due to the unknown design factors and the amount of time involved in preparing ballpark estimates for large scale projects, I cannot provide a free written ballpark estimate (we also don’t provide free estimates using drawings/sketches provided by potential clients). However, the design services will be broken down into two phases. During the first phase we will prepare schematic drawings so that I can prepare a ballpark estimate, which helps us establish a budget for the project. Based on the determined budget, we can enter the last phase of design, which is the preparation of final construction-ready drawings, make final product selections, conduct trades meeting(s) if required, etc., all to help us establish the final scope of work and construction contract fixed price. NOTE: We do not provide free drawings/sketches at any point before, during or after the design phase.

The design service fees are $500 for smaller interior projects to a couple thousand dollars for larger interior projects not requiring drawings, more if architectural drawings are required. Room additions under 500SF will require architectural drawings, those design fees can be around $5,000. Larger projects over 1000SF will need to be discussed further to provide a firm quote. We also offer interior design services. We will provide a written design proposal for any project.

My company will purchase, supply and install ALL material and labor for your project, similar in quality to the existing home. We do not provide or refurbish appliances, light fixtures or audio/video equipment, we have vendors we can recommend if you need further assistance in selecting/purchasing those items separately. I will provide a total fixed price only (not itemized) for any documents related for your project (i.e. ballpark estimate, construction contract, change orders, etc.).

Please note, because I personally manage each project with a unique one-on-one service for my clients, I only manage a few projects at any given time, so clients must have a minimum budget of $25,000 for any size/type of project that they might be considering.

Advisor Service

When a homeowners budget won’t allow them to build the kind of project that they truly want, and they’re willing to put in the required time to oversee a project, but still need the professional guidance to avoid the costly mistakes, hiring me as their advisor might be the answer they need.

Renovating a house can be one of the most stressful undertakings a homeowner can face. Most homeowners typically attempt one or two building or remodeling projects in a lifetime, so they simply don’t have the experience to manage all of the complexities a project will provide. Folks just need someone in their corner who they can trust for honest and experienced know-how to help them get things done… that’s where I can help.

As your trusted Advisor, I will guide you through the various phases for your project, and I offer them in two parts.

Phase One – Initial Project Set Up.

After we have decided that the Advisor Service makes the most sense during our initial meeting, I will prepare and email you an Advisor Agreement that will describe the services I will provide to help you get the project started off successfully. These services will include establishing a budget, design requirements, scope of work development, fixture/finish selections, vendor/contractor bidding, and project scheduling.

Phase Two – Construction

If at the conclusion of Phase One you’re ready to oversee the project on your own, then off you go. If you feel you need my guidance to help you with the last phase of the project (Phase Two), things like local zoning/building permit requirements, additional design assistance, vendor/contractor bidding needs, overall construction management and close-out; then I will prepare and email you an Advisor Agreement to assist you in overseeing Phase Two for your project.

Phase One and Phase Two is generally a retainer and/or hourly rate.

I look forward to earning your business.

Sincerely,

Jack Dever

Dever Design & Build is a Custom Residential Design & Build Company
Celebrating Over 30 Years in Business

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