Home Remodeling The Design Build Way

What is Design Build?

Multi-tasking is a cultural requirement in the 21st century.  As one of the first design-build firms in Washington D.C., Gilday Renovations has been multi-tasking for over 36 years.  With architecture, design, and construction under one roof, a dynamic synergy of communication, collaboration, and expertise delivers projects efficiently, effectively, and beautifully. 

The team approach allows fluid dialogue between the client, architect, designer, and project manager from start to finish making only one entity responsible for a successful project—Gilday.  Our experience and expertise give us the ability to anticipate and solve problems before they happen and know the costs of materials and construction.  With the exception of change orders, what we quote is what you pay. 

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Gilday Renovations carpenter on the job

Gilday Renovations carpenter applies door trim

There are four steps in our design-build process:

1. Let’s Meet

Once you’ve decided that our architect led design-build process is right for you, one of our principals will arrange to meet you on site to discuss your vision and review the physical space. Our process begins with you: we listen to your needs, ideas, and budget, and then develop drawings to reflect your specific requirements.

2. Let’s Design

Ready to take it to the next step? To begin the design process, a Design Agreement is signed and a Design Fee is charged. Once in place, our team will take measurements, inspect structural and mechanical issues, and check zoning regulations. The design phase is a collaborative dialogue between the client, architect, designer, and a Gilday principal, resulting in drawings that realize your individual aesthetics while adhering to your budget. The design phase is an iterative process, a delicate balance between creativity and accountability. We work with you until your dream project and budget integrate into a perfect set of drawings.

3. Let’s Build

With drawings in hand you’re ready to transform visual representations into tangible realities. During the construction phase, a Construction Contract is signed specifying pricing and structural details (plumbing and electrical diagrams, framing, engineering, and foundation). Before we break ground, you will the meet the build team including your lead foreman and project manager who will be with you through the entire process. Your lead foremen is a Gilday employee—not a subcontractor. This ensures not only consistently and accountability, but also safety. We wouldn’t put anyone in your home that we wouldn’t put in our own homes. From the first nail to the last, our entire team is with you to ensure that your project is built to the highest standards.

4. Let’s Say Goodbye

Once we have cleaned that last bit of dust, we respectfully say goodbye and thank you for choosing and trusting Gilday Renovations to build your dream space. But it’s not really goodbye. Like family, we value our clients before and after the job. And, that’s why over 75% of our business comes from referrals.

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