Working with Clients who have Architectural Plans

Pre-Construction Services

When a homeowner or an architect presents Cornerstone with a set of plans, we outline what pre-construction services involve. A good deal of work is always required to close the distance between reviewing drawings at your property and starting construction.

Our Pre-construction Services involve the following:

  • Timely response to your requests and correspondence.
  • Thorough understanding of unique field conditions and drawings.
  • Detailed estimate with extensive break-down by activity.
  • Value engineering - Many projects undergo this process when budgets are exceeded and/or design concepts get modified. The process can involve the pricing of alternate, less costly materials & methods of construction.
  • Input on code and permit requirements.
  • Review and/or provide solutions to the most challenging remodeling and construction needs. We draw on decades of experience and reliable subcontractors to review your needs and wants. These include the following: mechanical systems, electrical systems, code requirements, zoning issues, variance approvals, water and drainage issues. We also provide general building construction processes and phasing that are essential for every successful construction project.
  • Develop a construction schedule with anticipated start and finish dates.

These important pre-construction services are like developing a project and involve a substantial time commitment. Developing a team approach helps insure a successful project. Before the first shovel is put in the ground, a great deal of work will already have been done. Pre-construction Services are a critical component to the Cornerstone team approach.

Working With Your Architect - "Part of the Team"

Perhaps the most exciting time in the building process is putting your "dream house" on paper with your architect. Plans are made, finishes chosen, and design elements organized. Throughout this process, you can "see" your project take shape. We know how disappointing it can be if a design exceeds the budget. We would like to help you to avoid making this common mistake. If we are involved in the early stages of your project, we can verify that the scope of your project meets the proposed budget.

If you already have an architect, Cornerstone will work with your architects and will help you keep the project within your budget. As building cost consultants we charge $75 per hour, saving you time and money by avoiding costly re-design fees later on.