Rampart homes professional approach to
remodeling starts with assisting the client
in developing a clear understanding of the
construction process including home
additions, home interior modifications, and
complete home remodeling.
Whether it's giving them assistance with
their architect or interior designer, or
simply helping them develop a workable
economical plan for their home or home site,
we assist the client in developing their
dreams into reality.
This process begins when the client has
contacted our office and provided us with
some basic information, everything from when
their home was built, do they have
construction plans or are they working with
an architect/draftsperson, to why the client
wants to remodel or alter their home.
We assist the client in ascertaining whether
project is feasible and within their
conceptual budget. We explain current
building codes and zoning regulations and
how they may affect their project.
We prefer to initially meet the client at
our office and ask them to bring any
existing survey plans, photos or any
pictures from magazines so that they can
conceptually describe their project to us.
At this point, we can recommend several
different architects or draftsperson to fit
their project needs.
This process helps us develop initial
discussions about conceptual project costs
with our clients. Also this assists us in
explaining to the client any potential
survey or lot coverage constraints, any FEMA
regulations in regards to the 50% rule (if
the project includes altering an existing
home that was built prior to 1975 in a
designated flood zone).
The next step in our process is for the
client to develop a wish list in order of
importance as it relates to the project.
We explore any time constraints, whether or
not the client is going to remain in the
home during the construction process etc.
After the client develops their wish list
and we explore conceptually how one thing
leads to another in the remodeling process
and how to decide where the remodeling
begins and ends.
Our ultimate goal at Rampart homes is to
make the project appear that that's the way
it always was to have a seamless
construction. This further leads us to
whether the project makes financial sense
for the clients or the neighborhood.
Once an architect has been selected we begin
with developing conceptual plans and putting
together our remodeling team of
professionals – interior designers,
cabinetry, lighting, home automation etc.
The next step is to document the home by
photographing and confirming all existing
conditions. Further we check with the tax
records in the property appraiser’s office
to see if the existing home matches with
County records including if there's been any
past permitted permanent work performed on
(In today's economy we are finding more and
more clients have purchased homes that have
had unpermitted/licensed work performed
which will require after-the-fact permitting
or possibly additional unanticipated work to
bring the home up to current building code).
This would include unpermitted window
installations, plumbing alterations,
electrical alterations and additions or any
Once the initial conceptual architectural
plans have been developed, Rampart homes
leads a team of our licensed subcontractors
that work with us on developing a written
scope of work for the project.
During this process we are developing a
three ring binder for the client that will
have a number of categories to assist them
in keeping this process and their
Rampart homes is also developing numerous
binders to further organize all
communications between the client,
architect, and any of the subcontractors or
We develop a selection guide to assist the
owner in selecting all related items to
their project. Cabinetry and appliances,
flooring, wall tile, windows, doors, paint
colors, plumbing fixtures etc. This enables
us to provide the owner with an accurate
cost rather than simply providing a
Our written scope of work and construction
specifications is then rolled over into our
estimating/costing process and then Rampart
homes can provide a fixed cost for the
This allows the client and Rampart homes to
review in detail the scope of work and
construction specifications which then
relates to the actual costing of the
project. If costing needs to be altered,
then the scope of work can be altered
This is a much better process than simply
providing unrealistic cost allowances simply
to get the job. This further allows the
client to fully understand what is entailed
with their project and having it all put in
plain English and in detail as to what is
going to take place.
This results in very few surprises for the
client. It is far easier to alter the scope
of work at the beginning prior to the
project beginning to insure that the project
will be able to come in on time and within