Should we pursue a Design-Build project?

While many things get better with age, houses rarely do. As families grow and shrink, a house’s requirements change. Vehicles, electronics, and wardrobes are regularly updated. It only makes sense to update our dwellings as well.

The reasons for choosing a particular property to live on remain the same – proximity to work, schools, and shopping, investment value, surrounding community and neighbors – but a house’s design often needs refreshing. Advances in safety, storage, materials, and entertainment allow for changes resulting in more efficient and usable homes.

Our first step is to understand your vision and prioritize your needs. Working within your budget, we carefully outline expenses in advance to avoid any financial or construction surprises later in the project.

Why can’t I just buy plans and hire a contractor?

You can, but it can lead to wasted time and wasted money.

Simplicity and accountability are two of the numerous advantages of using one firm for design and construction needs. While there are multiple ways to approach a home project, using one design-build remodeling firm avoids the conflict of an architect planning one way and production building a different way. The homeowner isn’t stuck in the middle emotionally or financially.

At Oak Alley, our design team understands true construction costs and realistic timeframes. This allows seamless budgeting of both time and money. The job is managed as one project, not two, allowing one project manager to answer all questions. Our production staff brings practical expertise to the project before the final construction contract is signed.

How much does it cost to get started?

We invite you to contact us for a free initial consultation. Show us your property, tell us about your vision, and ask any questions you might have. When you are ready to take the next step, Oak Alley designers will provide multiple renderings for a fee to ensure our designs match your intentions. This can serve as a launchpad into production or a timeout for further exploration.

As each project is unique, final pricing is determined on a case-by-case basis.

With honest communication, fair pricing, and authentic timeframes, Oak Alley sets out to provide our clients peace of mind while turning their house into a home.

Will the Design-Build Team really listen to my ideas or will they attempt to steer me in a direction easy for them?

The Oak Alley Team won’t start a project with a stranger.  Just as every property is unique, so is every client. Since communication is the key to understanding, we listen first, making sure to fully understand your perspective, then design around your goals. We help you discover innovative solutions unique to the spaces in your home. It’s this investment of time and energy between you and Oak Alley that not only establishes a solid working relationship but also brings out the details needed to design your family’s perfect story.

Is my project is too small/too large for Oak Alley to handle?

Regardless of the size of your project – whether it’s residential additions, wholesale renovations, kitchen/bath remodels, basement build outs, multi-story decking, or smaller projects your home needs – Oak Alley understands each requires an approach that goes deeper than simple renovation.

We work with you to bring to life the home you need. It doesn’t matter what size the project is, what matters is placing you in a position where you are excited to walk through the doors of your home. We can create layouts in your home’s existing footprint you never imagined possible. It’s just part of how Oak Alley turns houses into homes.

How messy is a Design-Build project?

The workspace required for a  project is directly proportional to the scope of the project.

Oak Alley design-builds are tailored with homeowner comfort in mind. We strive to minimize our impact on your lifestyle within the boundaries of a given project. When time permits, we leave your weekends to you and as much of your house usable as possible. While we won’t rush a project simply to finish a checklist, we are diligent with time. We provide professional results within appropriate timeframes.