What have we done?

Look at the list of types of projects we do. And, what you should do before calling Vision Design and Build, Inc.

 

Whats New:

BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist.

demoRich Cowgill, CR, GCP Has completed the training and testing to become a BPI Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist. As a Building Analyst he is capable of conducting comprehensive testing and evaluation of your home and your appliances. These tests include blower door testing, CAZ (Combustion Appliance Zone) testing and infiltration measurements. For more information call 708-467-0944.

Updated: December 21, 2011

Current News:

Mighty House University

demoThe Mighty House Team will present the Mighty House University series of homeowner workshops begining October, 2012. The series of five classes are designed to familiarize homeowners with their homes and teach them to do everyday and special tasks like a pro. Topics will cover drywall repair, painting, tile installation and more. Go to www.mightyhouse.net or www.restoreelgin.org for dates and registration. Participants that complete all five classes will receive a certificate of completion. Course is free and held at Habitat for Humanitie's Restore in Elgin, 800 N. State St.

Updated: August 30, 2012

Recent Events:

Mighty House Radio Show

demoRich Cowgill, CR, GCP has joined the Mighty House Team! Listen to the Radio show on Saturdays, on 820AM or 99.9FM, 92.5 FM or 92.7 FM. Join Robbie Erhardt, Ron Cowgill CR, GCP, CKBR and Rich Cowgill, CR, GCP,  at 8:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Call with your home improvement questions. For more information www.mightyhouse.net.

Updated: October 16, 2012

Projects

 

We have completed a wide range of projects. What can we do for you?

  1. Facelifts to give your home more curb appeal. While not our core business just changing out entry doors and adding roof lines you can improve the look of your home.
  2. Kitchen and bath remodels with additions. Most all of our additions include either an entire kitchen update and / or bathroom remodel. We have the training and resources to make yours stand out.
  3. Room Additions. Simple room additions are fast, inexpensive and have good return on investment.
  4. Two story or multi-story additions. Much more complex. Making sure that HVAC and plumbing systems work effectively is a challenge. We understand and anticipate those challenges.
  5. Whole house Remodels. Tired of the look and feel of your home but, don't want to leave the neighborhood? The most expensive way to go but, also the most dramatic. Whole house remodels are one of our specialties. It requires the most knowledge of building science and the house as a system. Being a "Green Certified Remodeler" gives me the ability to increase the size of your home while reducing your energy costs.

Take a look at our photo galleries to see the quality of our work.

 

 Regardless of the size or scope of your project there are some things you should consider before calling any contractor.

  • Develop a concept, a "wish list".

    • Decide what you want and need, be specific.

    • Make a list and number your priorities.

  • Decide if an architect is appropriate.

    • As a design / build company I work with an architect to design and integrate your "wish list". Especially projects involving structural or complex modifications. Read Design/Build for more information.

  • Consider two types of contracts.

    • Cost Plus: We agree on an estimated cost. The client agrees to pay actual costs on labor and materials. Plus the contractors mark-up and overhead.

    • Fixed Price: Most projects are done on a fixed price contract. You know exactly what you are going to pay for any project. Be sure all materials are specified by manufacturer, model and color.

  • Selecting your contractor.

    • If you are simply shopping price you are already putting yourself at risk.

    • Look for financial stability in the company, previous work record, professional organization affiliation, adequate insurance, honesty, and just as important is personality. If you don't feel comfortable with your contractor how can you leave them in your home for the duration of the project.

  • Know your contractors responsibilities

    • Provide a written contact, detailing what work is included and not included.

    • They are responsible for all phases of the job.

    • Coordinate work with various sub-contractors.

    • Perform all work according to the plans and specifications.

    • The contractor should obtain the building permits, not the homeowner. "RED FLAG"

    • Be familiar with building codes and standard construction techniques.

    • Leave the job clean when it is completed.

  • Be familiar with home remodeling laws in the U.S. and Illinois.

    • June 1, 1999, Federal law requires the contractor to give the client a copy of "Protect Your Family From Lead" pamphlet. We must have written confirmation of receipt.

    • December 22, 2008, The publication changed to "Renovate Right".

    • January 1, 2000, All contracts over $1000.00 require the contractor to deliver and get written receipt of "Know Your Consumer Rights".

  • Know your responsibilities.

    • Make sure the contractor has access to your home to complete the work on time.

    • Select one person to be the contact with the contractor.

    • Avoid confusion and do not visit with workers or sub-contractors while they are working. They work for the General and the General works for you.

    • Do not make verbal requests and changes. Make sure you obtain a signed change order. Even no cost change orders.


 

 

 

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