■ Detailed feasibility studies, including zoning reviews, building code reviews, budget and schedule reviews, phasing options
■ Full architectural services including concept design, schematic design and construction documents
■ 3D modeling of buildings and sites
■ Structural design and analysis
■ Structural investigation, including cutting and patching as needed
■ Construction management
■ General contracting
■ Design-Build services
The design and construction of your new kitchen, addition, or custom home is not a commodity to be purchased off the shelf - it's a process. At GreenEdge we work with you to make that process as enjoyable and productive as possible, with the ultimate goal of building the spaces that you will love and love to live in.
Every project is different and will call for its own tailored approach, but here are a few of the steps that are part of the typical GreenEdge design build process.
We take time to meet with you at your home to discuss your project, answer any questions you have about GreenEdge or our process, and talk with you about whether we are a good fit for the work. If we all agree that it makes sense to move forward, we will work with you to understand your needs and develop a set of goals for the project.
Once we have completed our initial meeting we will develop a proposal for design and/or construction services, depending on the requirements of your particular project. In our proposals we make an effort to include detailed information about the scope of work, budget, and anticipated schedule. Our goal is to give you the information you need to decide whether to move forward with the project.
Once you decide you would like to work with us, we will ask you to sign the proposal and return it to us with the initial contract payment. At this point we will schedule a time to begin the architectural drawings, or in cases where design has already been completed, begin the pre-construction process.
Almost all projects require design of some sort. For some small projects, it could be a simple concept that can be communicated by a verbal description; for large complex projects it might require full architectural services and a large set of drawings including written specifications. We will tailor the design process to the requirements of your project.
In some cases, we will be able to develop a simple architectural plan or sketch from which the project can be priced; in other cases, it will be necessary to complete an involved, multi-phase design process before we can generate a fixed price construction estimate.
We will begin construction on the agreed-upon start date and continue to work until the project is complete.
A successful project hinges on good communication, and our construction teams - from project manager to lead carpenter to subcontractors - are committed to ensuring that it happens every day. We will review any design issues, material selections, and deadlines with you, on a daily basis if needed; and we will provide you with running budget and schedule updates so you know exactly where the project stands. Our goal is for you to stay in control of the process and the final product — GreenEdge has the expertise and the dedication to make sure that it happens.
As we near the end of the project, we develop a final work list to track all those little items that need to be addressed before the work can be considered complete. Then, once we have completed most of the items on that final list, we invite you to make your own list of items that you feel should be addressed.
We work very hard to make sure that projects do not drag out in the final stages, and we use these work lists to help us keep things on track. It will not be until we have checked off the final work list items and all inspections are complete that we will send you your final invoice.
Once your project is complete you will be added to our happy customer referral list and, with your permission, we will invite our photographer to take pictures for our records and to add your project to our website.
We stand behind all our work and should any issues arise we will be quick to respond with a visit to assess the problem and make any adjustments or repairs as required. In fact, we welcome the opportunity to walk through past projects so that we can assess the ways in which particular construction techniques and materials wear and function over time.
The bottom line is that we want to make sure that you continue to be happy with our work and with our service long after the work is complete. We do not consider the project a success unless we can stand behind it to make sure it lives up to your, and our, expectations.
"Green" means something different to everyone. Every industry lobby, environmental group, energy company, manufacturer, and salesperson puts their own spin on the word and concept to suit their particular needs. We realize that in naming our company GreenEdge Builders, we have inherited a lot of this spin and ambiguity. It's a downside, but it's a downside we are willing to accept because it's outweighed by important values and concepts that we feel are captured under the umbrella "green." And it's an opportunity - to cut through the spin and clarify these values and concepts for us and for our clients. With this in mind we have developed two lists.
A thoughtful design, built carefully with quality materials that wear well over time, is surely the most significant contribution that an architect, client and builder can make to the cause of sustainability. The embodied energy and carbon footprint of a remodeling project are substantial — even a kitchen built with all the "greenest" materials and products immediately becomes ungreen if it needs to be replaced ten years later because it is no longer in style, not functional enough, or does not wear well
Proper insulation and air sealing of the building envelope are not difficult to do, but they do require knowledge of building science, and a careful attention to installation details. Dollar for dollar, the time spent during a renovation or new construction project to properly insulate and air-seal is probably the best energy-saving investment one can make.
Construction is by its nature a messy, dirty process. However, with the proper preparations and precautions the impact to the home, its owners and the environment can be minimal. Plastic walls for dust control, low VOC paints and coating, regular jobsite cleanup, lead-safe work practices - these are just some examples of the things we take very seriously as we build to minimize the impact of construction.
Some architects and contractors want to design and construct things the way they always have. For us, one of the most important parts of working to be "green" is making the effort to stay on the cutting edge of technological and building science trends in the design and construction industries. Materials and construction methods are constantly evolving - by educating ourselves and our clients as to the full range of options for any given situation, we strive to provide the best possible product and the best possible value to our clients.
■ Recommending an upgrade to expensive "green" materials, driving up the cost of the project, with the only benefit being a conformance to some ambiguous benchmark of sustainability.
■ Asking a client’s project to individually subsidize the protection of the environment. If an energy upgrade has an eighty year payback, we will not recommend that you implement it.