Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions We Get Asked

Yes, we are licensed in Denver and all of the surrounding jurisdictions.

Yes, we are. We have general liability insurance with $2 million in coverage. If you would like to get a copy, please contact us.

Yes, we are. To get a General Contractor’s license in Denver you are required to be bonded.

We do have our own highly skilled crew in-house of W2 employees. This allows us to assign a crew to a project, who will then work until the job is complete.

We generally do not use subcontractors, unless we need licensed professionals as required by the regulating jurisdiction. When we do use subcontractors, they are vetted and we trust them to provide quality work to our standard. We have a licensed plumber on our team and work with the same licensed electrician for over 4 years.

Yes, we can. We’re licensed in all the Denver metro jurisdictions and pull our own permits.

Furthermore, we have a structural engineer on our team, and architects we work closely with, so we can design plans for a project, get the permits approved, and manage/build the entire project from start to finish.

We work within 1 hour of the Denver metro area. We will travel farther for certain projects.

Yes, absolutely. Just contact us today to schedule an estimate.

After a Project Manager has visited your home, it will depend on the size of the project. 

For smaller remodel projects, you can expect a turnaround time of 4-5 days. 

For larger projects, it will take 1-2 weeks. 

Our estimates are extremely detailed and in-depth – we want them to be as accurate as possible. 

  • Phase 1 – Estimate, discovery, and consultation.
    • We come out and learn about your project, your goals, and the scope of work to be completed. We provide a consultation on the best path forward given your objectives.
    • If the project is a good fit for us, we then come up with a rough estimate which will take a few days to calculate. The bigger the project usually the longer it takes to prepare.
    • We send over the estimate for you to evaluate. We then answer any questions you have about the estimate, the process moving forward, the design and materials used, etc.
    • Once all questions are answered, and you are ready to move forward, we send over a contract to review and sign.
    • Once the contract has been signed the project is officially in motion. Congratulations! Now begins the second phase.
  • Phase 2 – Design, materials, and permits.
    • We now work with you to design the project and pick out the materials. Once we have accomplished this, we will then pull permits for the project if needed. Most projects do require a permit and we recommend pulling permits when required. This allows you peace of mind that a 3rd party (the regulating jurisdiction) is verifying the work completed is up to code.
    • We then pull permits and work with the building department on any plans that need architectural designs and engineering approval. The Building Department will ask for changes to be made to the plans so there is some back and forth before they are eventually approved. This process can be tedious and has been known to take months.
    • Once all the permits are approved for your project, we are ready to begin the fun part. Construction! That brings us to the next phase
  • Phase 3 – Construction
    • We finally begin construction on your project. We have a dedicated team that will start on the first day and continue to build until the project is complete.
      • We begin with demolition, renting necessary equipment, and pad and protect the job site.
      • We will also order materials for the beginning of the project.
    • During this phase, we will have set milestones that our team is projected to hit. Each milestone will have a draw due throughout the process.
    • Quality checks – during this phase our project managers will be visiting the site every few days to make sure progress is being made and everything is on track.
      • Your dedicated foreman will also be on-site every day to verify the quality and progress of your project.
    • There will be inspections by the building department throughout this phase if your job requires permits. 
  • Phase 4 – Final inspections, walkthrough with the owner and create punch list, and completion.
    • We are now onto the final phase where we schedule the final inspections.
    • Once the final inspections are completed, we then do a final walkthrough with the owner and create a punch list of final items to complete.
      • We then complete the punch list.
    •  We accept final payment, the project is complete, and you now have a beautiful new (fill in the blank).

The initial deposit is due at the signing of the contract.

Then for each project, there are milestones that vary depending on the size and complexity of the project. These will be clearly defined in the sope of your contract. At each milestone, another payment (draw) will be due.

After the estimate has been sent over and all your questions about the project are answered. And before any work is done, permits are issued, and materials are ordered.

We have a crew of W2 employees on our team and we charge for their time.

The materials we buy we charge at cost. There is no markup fee. In fact, we pass along our savings and discounts to our clients.

  • This is unprecedented within the industry as most general contractors will charge an extra fee on top of the materials for having to pick them out, pick them up, and return them to the store. We do not charge for any of these items.

Also, included in the estimate are the permit fees

We do! We offer a reward for anyone you refer to us. We are always looking to build our referral network.

Please reach out to us here to inquire about it.

We are on the higher end of the spectrum. The reason for that is our work is extremely high quality. You can see from our portfolio of past projects the quality of our work. Additionally, our past clients have vouched for our work.

There is also this famous triangle from project management consulting that shows the tradeoffs between time, cost, and quality. We are on the high-quality side of things and aim to get projects done quickly.

The triangle below illustrates our services.

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Our license is on the line for the project. If we screw up, we can lose our license and business, which we have worked very hard to build.

Since the pyramids, no construction project has gone perfectly. This is why contractors exist, to deal with problems when they inevitably arise. We are here to manage the project from start to finish.

If you piecemeal your project together, when problems arise, you are responsible for them. When we manage the project, you sit back, relax, and enjoy your adult beverage of choice ✌️

Yes, absolutely. Just contact us and we will be happy to provide you with a reference list of past clients.

You can also see all of our verified reviews here.

We encourage you to do your homework and vet us. Remodeling your home or building new construction is a very big decision financially, time-wise, and emotionally. Choosing the right contractor is critical to your success. We have heard many horror stories about projects that have gone sideways and south. We would never want this to happen to any of our clients. 

Disclaimer: this is not financial advice.

  • Yes, absolutely. A home equity line of credit (HELOC) or cash-out refinance can be a great way to finance a project. It all depends on your situation and what is best for you.
    • With a HELOC, you will get a line of credit in which you can draw against. You will then pay interest on the amount you borrow. These loans are best when you know the cost of your renovation project. We will be able to provide you with a free estimate so you have a ballpark idea.
    • With a cash-out refinance, you replace your current mortgage with a new one, and pull out the equity you have as cash. The cash you receive is tax-free and can be used to fund a renovation project. This is a good option when you have a lot of equity, and the interest rate is lower than your current mortgage.
      • The best way to get started is to talk to a mortgage lender, who will be able to assist you. We have a great team of lenders and would be happy to assist. Please contact us to get started.
  • Personal loans can be used. There are many companies out there that will loan money for home renovation projects. Here is a link to a list of those lenders.
  • Credit cards can be used. These would be for smaller home renovation projects. There are many cards that offer rewards and promotions.
  • Government loans are also an option. The government offers loans to help homeowners improve their homes. They are called Title 1 Loans, and you can learn more about them here.

Disclaimer: We will not work with banks that require us to pay the bill for materials upfront.

A design-build firm is a company that provides both design and construction services for a construction project, typically for buildings or other structures. In other words, the firm is responsible for both the design and construction phases of a project, from initial concept and planning through final construction and project completion.

In contrast to the traditional approach where the owner hires separate design and construction firms, the design-build approach integrates the design and construction processes, resulting in a more streamlined and cohesive project delivery. The design build approach can often result in cost savings, reduced project duration, and fewer coordination issues between the design and construction teams.

The design-build process offers several benefits, including:

1. Streamlined communication and collaboration: With a single entity responsible for both design and construction, communication and collaboration between the two teams are streamlined, resulting in fewer conflicts and faster decision-making.

2. Improved project coordination: With a design-build firm, the design and construction phases of a project are closely coordinated, allowing for more efficient construction and a faster project delivery.

3. Single point of responsibility: With a design-build firm, the owner has a single point of responsibility for the entire project, simplifying project management and reducing the risk of disputes.

4. Potential cost savings: With the design-build approach, the design and construction teams work together from the start of the project, allowing for early identification of potential cost savings and avoiding costly change orders during construction.

5. Enhanced quality control: The design-build approach provides greater control over the project quality, as the design and construction teams work closely together to ensure that the project meets the owner’s requirements and expectations.

6. Greater flexibility: With the design-build approach, changes can be made to the design and construction plans throughout the project, providing greater flexibility and responsiveness to the owner’s needs and preferences.

Overall, the design-build process can result in a more efficient, cost-effective, and higher-quality project delivery compared to traditional design-bid-build approaches.

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