In what type of work does Michael Wood Interiors specialize?
What are the typical phases of the design and construction process?
How is a contractor selected for my project?
What is the difference between contractor bidding and a negotiated contract?
Most often clients prefer a bidding process whereby a shortlist of qualified GCs submit competitive pricing proposals based on the documents we produce. These documents are critical to convey the design intent and instruct the contractor about the what and how of your project's scope of work. A bidding process can take a couple of weeks to a month or more depending upon your project's complexity and scope of work
Often clients prefer to eliminate the bidding phase in order to save time. In this case, the GC is usually identified during the design and documentation phases to begin estimating the project's costs. Once the design and documents are completed, the GC will finalize his pricing and the client is able to move into the construction phase more rapidly.ss
How long will my project take to complete?
This will depend on your scope of work and your location in the tri-state area. The renovation of your bathroom and kitchen can take up to 4-6 months from concept to completion of construction, whereas a gut demolition and renovation of an apartment or house can range from 6-12 months or more depending on the size and complexity of your project.
How much will my project cost (estimate vs. actual)?
Cost is most often the biggest unknown for any project. While we do track cost data for a range of project types, it is difficult to accurately estimate a project until we develop the scope and understand your expectations for finish and quality.
What input will I have into design and planning?
We provide floor plans, elevations and renderings as required to help you envision your space and make Informed decisions.
What happens after I approve a floor plan?
Upon your approval and signed-off floor plan, the foundation of a design, we move into the development phase of the project. Completion of each subsequent phase will require your review and approval prior to advancing further phases of work.
Will DOB building permits be required?
This will depend upon the complexity of your project and your building's policies. If the scope is limited to cosmetic renovations and upgrades, or modest changes to fixtures and fittings, generally you will not require local building department approval and permits.
On the other hand, if your project includes significant demolition and reconfiguration, building department approval and permits are often required. Although often subjective, most condos and co-ops supply “Alteration Agreements” that explain each building’s position on filing for permits, insurance requirements, fees, etc.
Is there a warranty on the project work completed?
What do you mean by “consulting services”?
What areas do you service?
We’re New Yorkers that are specialists in New York area renovations, including apartments, townhouses, and other residential properties. We’ve also worked on a number of projects in the Hamptons and New Jersey.
What do you charge for your services?
Fixed fees range anywhere from 20-35% of total project costs depending the complexity of your project. Hourly fees apply to circumstances that are beyond our control, such as substantial changes in scope due to discovered site conditions, owner-requested revisions after phase sign-offs, etc.
Should I move out during a renovation?
That depends on the complexity of your project but for a typical renovation we always recommend that our clients make arrangements to stay outside the home. It enables us to maintain the schedule and ensure the highest levels of safety and comfort for our clients.