RESIDENTIAL DESIGN ESTIMATING PROJECT MANAGEMENT
NEW CONSTRUCTION RENOVATIONS/REMODELS ADDITIONS
Building your own home.
Just those 4 words conjure up feelings of anticipation and excitement, as well as uncertainty and dread. They bring about dreams of coffered ceilings and finished basements, along with the fright of endless expenses and sleepless nights. Let’s face it, as rewarding as the final product is, getting there is rarely portrayed as an enjoyable experience. We all have heard the horror stories from friends and family members who have “survived” building their own home. From the mazes of codes, ordinances, and plan ideas to tales of schedules not followed, budgets blown up, or increased visits to the therapist, the construction process can strike fear into the heart of the most committed future homeowner.
Your home could be defined as “a frozen physical shape of one’s dreams and aspirations”, and should be synonymous with comfort, familiarity, reflection, privacy and inspiration…just to name a few. It will stand as a symbol of your pride, accomplishments, style and character, as well as a refuge where memories are made and tranquility is achieved. Your home should fit who you are and what you want…where form and function seamlessly combine to create your dream. Building your new home may very well be the largest, most rewarding accomplishment in your lifetime.
Question: So why does everything leading up to inserting your brand new key have to be such a headache??
Answer: It doesn’t.
Of course, nothing compares to stepping in to your magnificent new home for the first time, but the design and construction phases don’t have to be a nightmare, either. Although perfection throughout the home-building process is a novel objective, there are always going to be complexities. Striving for perfection at every opportunity, though, should be the unwavering aim of every professional you work together with on the path to your new home.
Enter Bower Residential Design!
Because the design stage is so crucial to every other phase of your project, Bower Residential takes pride in our capability to provide plans with the highest degree of accuracy while encompassing all possible scenarios. This foresight and attention to detail will be reflected in the efficiency of everyone who depends on us to get the job done right. Harmony on the job-site can be an achievable endeavor!
Bower Residential’s philosophy entails three simple words. “It’s YOUR home!” Your new home design will not be held hostage by “personal” design theories or philosophies. It will reflect your personality, style, and inspiration…not ours. We base our service on the premise of implementing your wants and needs into the design, while adding our technical expertise and skill to achieve them. Whether the project is new construction, an addition, or renovation, we will work with you to realize your aspirations, and create design solutions to accomplish your goals. Bower Residential Design strives for creativity and beauty while employing flexibility and sustainability at a manageable cost. We aim to not only provide services which satisfy you, our client, but to exceed expectations. From the appropriate pitch of the vaulted ceiling in your new master bedroom to the placement of the wet bar in that sunroom addition you always wanted, every element of your design, no matter the size or function, will be evaluated for effectiveness and appeal. You know what your new home or remodel’s purpose and look should be, Bower Residential Design & Drafting will provide ideas and solutions that will have you saying, “Yes, that is what I want!”
Bower Residential Design & Drafting strives to offer as many services as possible to provide you with an all-encompassing design-to-build source. You may choose all or just a few of the services offered below. Please contact us for rates.
Bower Residential Design & Drafting provides enhanced service not always offered by other designers:
Our extensive practice in both disciplines of design allows us the added ability to structurally check our work. This provides an invaluable tool to us and our clients, as the eyes on your design can recognize ahead of time whether envisioned scenarios are structurally feasible when implemented. Consider this: not only is your design being visualized through the eyes of your designer, but also the engineer, general contractor and framer…in one chair!* In some instances, this feature may expedite the engineering process and/or reduce engineering expenses tremendously. This service is provided during the design development phase, with structural (framing) drawings supplied as part of your construction document package.
Bower Residential’s experience includes extensive proof-reading of hundreds of construction documents put together by many other design firms. This practice has provided us with the understanding that even the smallest document error or omission, be it dimensional, geometric, or software-oriented, can occur even with the best designers. Unfortunately, even the most minute error or omission can lead to critical downtime to assess the issue, further leading to construction delays, costly back-up of trades, rescheduled inspections, etc. This can be an expensive, frustrating situation…which is also preventable! When addressed at the design desk of Bower Residential, we not only take the time to fully review and re-review all drawings for accuracy and clarity, we also add extra dimensioning, detail and notes to your design to insure all costly, time-consuming issues are worked out to the best of our ability before construction documents are in your hands.
We consider 80% of the success of any project is due to full and open communication. Obviously, this is a given during the design phase, but we believe that same communication level applies during construction, as well. We want to make sure your ideas and guidelines are carried through to completion, meaning we are always accessible for on-site personnel. This aspect, along with our personal stake in the success of your project, demonstrates an obligation on our part to guide and consult with all applicable trades and field-staff to the very end. Should any unforeseen issues arise during construction of your home, Bower Residential promises to be available, above and beyond our standard “construction observation” duties, to assist at any time up to placing your key in the front door.
At the end of your project, when the final coats of paint have been applied, the moving boxes are emptied, and that “new house smell” pleasantly greets you each time you walk in the door, Bower Residential Design can still be working for you! As an added feature, we can provide revised, updated and fully final drawings of your new home or similar project to have as a reference for any future renovations or additions you may want to complete, or just as a conversation piece.
NOTE: Structural drawings and as-built drawings are provided at extra cost.
GARY BOWER, Founder & Principal,has nearly 15 years experience in numerous specific disciplines relevant to residential design and construction. Gary has extensive practice in architectural and structural design and drafting, project management, scheduling, estimating, on-site logistics, and material selection. His design accomplishments are varied, from straightforward single family homes to 700,000 square foot apartment complexes to senior living campuses. Also included on his resume is the initial establishment and subsequent management of the design department of a start-up construction firm in Denver, Colorado, which went on to great success. He has always been driven by his passion of home design, and is persistently striving to learn new techniques and styles which are constantly shifting the residential design landscape. Personally, Gary lives with his wife, Sherea, and son, Aidan, in Englewood, Colorado. Gary enjoys baseball and spending time in the mountains with his family, and spends the rest of his free time orchestrating the “slow but sure” evolution of his own 1926 suburban Denver home into the 21st century.
Contact us for more information on how Bower Residential Design & Drafting can help make your new home, remodel or renovation project a rewarding success!!
*Bower Residential Design & Drafting is a design and drafting service only. We are not a licensed architectural or engineering service. In some locations, designs require stamped approval from an architect and/or engineer licensed in that area. Should the need arise, Bower Residential will address any regulatory limitation which may occur with the proper entities in your locality to ensure all requirements are satisfied.
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