Our Process

Begin your design build project with a consultation.

Levi Construction’s design-build process is a comprehensive system that provides you with a dedicated team of designers, architects and builders. As team, we work together to design and build your unique projects. This team is responsible for designing, planning, managing, and building your project. If you already have a designer and architect, we can assist you with our construction services.

Preparing for Your Consultation

Before our initial meeting, it’s a good idea to prepare a few design ideas and think about your budget requirements. That way you can get the most from your consultation. Make a list of what you’re looking for in your project and any issues that leave you dissatisfied with your current home. Then prioritize your list so that you’re better prepared for the meeting. Keep in mind that your budget doesn’t always match your vision. Be prepared to make changes to your plans based on your budgeting needs.

Understanding Your Vision

Begin your design build project with a consultation. During your initial consultation, you’ll meet with Avi Levi, owner of the company, and stablish the primary goals and general requirements of the project. You’ll discuss your vision, expectation, budget, and mutually decide if it makes sense to set up a second meeting with our designer. In the second meeting with our designer, you’ll get to share your design ideas, go over our design process and see our previous projects including 3D renderings. This meeting will help us determine if we are a great fit for each other.

Working with Your Budget

A design build project is an investment in your home. However, it’s important to be mindful of how you’re spending your investment. It is critical that you establish your budget before beginning the design process and important to keep in mind that there are various components to your budget. While design fees and construction costs are a main component, there is more involved in the process. Your budget must also cover things such as permit fees, consultations with engineers, material costs, and any unexpected costs associated with your project. In addition to your design consultation, we’ll help you plan for the financial aspects of your project. For example, generally, it’s a good idea to leave 10 percent of the budget untouched to help you address any unforeseen issues with the project. During the initial consultation, we can further discuss your budget and how to best plan for the financial elements of your design build projects.

Once we’ve determined that we’re a good fit for one another, it’s time to move from the consultation phase to the design phase of your project. Learn more about the design phase of the design build process.

Before moving forward with the building process, we’ll start with the design phase.

During the design phase, you’ll work closely with our designer to prepare unique design options, together arriving at the right solutions. From the design of the floorplan to the color of your new flooring, this phase allows your vision to contain all the desired design elements while ensuring that it’s structurally sound. Once all the details have been established, design plans are drafted

Design Consultation

The first step in the design process is the design consultation. This is the stage where you will meet with our designer to help you establish a firm vision of your project and create a plan of action in more detail. Through the process, you’re able to find solutions to issues with your space while choosing the design elements that best fit your personal style.

Meet & Greet

This is the first meeting of the design phase. During this meeting, you’ll discuss your design ideas and vision for the project in much greater detail. Your designer takes functionality, aesthetics, and your budget into consideration when helping you establish plans for your project. This meeting facilitates an exchange of ideas between yourself and your designer to best help you create a cohesive plan of action customized to fit your needs and budget. Photographs and measurements are taken of all the areas we’ll be working on to help us in the creation of your design. We examine, document and research the existing conditions of the home, including creating drawings of your current floor plan, documenting structure details and researching local city building and zoning codes.

Creating a Floor Plan

After the design consultation, your designer will create a floor plan layout to fit your design build needs. Taking home measurements, follow-up meetings, and home system, such as wiring, plumbing, and HVAC recommendations into consideration, your designer will draft a floor plan. Using the latest design technology, your designer will then create a 3-D rendering of the floor plan and will create up to three concepts to help you choose which best fits the needs of your project. Throughout this phase, your designer stays in sync with the rest of the rest of the team- architects, engineers, trades and vendors- to ensure the design doesn’t exceed your budget while finding ways to help lower the final cost of your project.

Making Changes

Once you approve the design plans, the project can continue to the design development phase of the process. Before you approve the final design, however, it’s important that you’re satisfied with the plans. If you want to change the designs, don’t be afraid to speak up! At this stage of the process, it’s easiest to make design changes. Make any alterations to the design before it continues to the design development process to help everything run smoothly without any delays.

Once you approve the final plans, you’re one step closer to construction. Your designs must then go through the design development process to ensure that they’re structurally sound and in accordance with city laws.

This phase of the design build process helps your visions become a reality.

Your design elements will be reviewed by various professionals from architects to engineers to city officials to ensure they’re feasible structurally. It’s important to note that this process can take some time. From a few weeks to a few months, set a realistic expectation for the design development process. However, rest assured that your team of professionals will guide you through every step.

Architecture

Once your designs have been made, they’ll be submitted to our architect. They will then use your design to create a comprehensive blueprint for your space complete with the layout, floor plans, and elevations. Once it is complete, we’ll then move on to the engineering phase.

Engineering

Once your blueprints have been completed, they’re sent to an engineer to ensure that they’re safe and structurally strong. The engineer will make all the necessary calculations to help gauge the necessary materials and hardware needed for the project. Additionally, they ensure that the project is in accordance with all the city and building codes and regulations.

City Approval

Before any major renovations are done to your home, you must obtain the necessary permits and city approval. Once the engineer reviews the blueprints and makes the necessary adjustments to the plans, they can be sent to the city for approval. All the design, architectural, and engineering plans are submitted to the City Department of Building and Safety. If any corrections must be made to the blueprints, our team will take care of them.

Pull a Permit

Once the corrections are made and the plans are approved by the City Department of Building and Safety, we’ll apply for the necessary permits. Once the building permits have been obtained, your project can continue to move forward, and we can begin construction.

Choosing Materials

As your project is approved by all the necessary parties, you’ll work with the design team choose the products and materials required for your project. That way you’re best able to minimize delays once construction beings. Additionally, once all the plans are decided upon, you’ll receive a final cost for the project.

Once all the plans have been approved and you’re satisfied with the designs, it’s time to begin construction. Find out more about the construction phase of the design process.

Once all the plans have been approved, permits have been obtained, and costs have been solidified, it is time to begin construction.

Our team of professionals help make the process as smooth as possible. From the start of construction to the final walkthrough, we want to ensure that you’re satisfied with the entire project.

Construction Process

As soon as all the plans have been approved, it’s time to break ground. The construction process can be a bit messy. It’s important to remove any unnecessary items from the construction site. Once the space is clear and remaining fixtures are covered to protect from dust, construction of your project will begin.

Your project will require oversight from a project manager to ensure that all elements of your project are well coordinated. The project manager is your primary contact once construction begins. However, your project manager, designer, and construction manager will be available to you throughout the whole process.

During construction, your team will do their best to stick to the set timeline. Should any delays occur, your team will inform you and will help you get your project back on track. Additionally, you can expect your contractor to arrive on time and tidy up the construction site as best able.

City Inspectors

Throughout your project, the city inspector will come to ensure that everything is going to plan and that everything is in accordance with the latest building codes. These visits occur periodically throughout the process. Such visits occur after the initial demolition, during foundation installation, plumbing repairs, electric wiring updates, HVAC insulation, and when drywall installations are made. That way your project is safe, structurally secure, and approved by the city.

Post-Construction

Once your project has been completed, your team will ensure that your project has been built to your specifications.
The post-construction process consists of:

  • Project walk through
  • Review and complete items on clients punch list
  • Final inspection

After the final inspection, you’ll be provided with any documents related to the project as well as any links to videos and professional photographs of your project. Throughout the project, you’ve developed relationships with the whole design build team. We value each client and the relationships that we develop. Stay in touch with the team for any support that you may need with past, present, or future projects.

The design build process is made all the easier with experienced professionals to guide you through the whole process from start to finish. From the initial consultation to the final walk through, our team is there every step of the way to deliver high-quality design and construction.