Expediting the estimating process
How to save money, and get what you want quickly by planning ahead

This "computer age" that we live in is capable of transferring amazing amounts of information to us at nearly the speed of light.  (even a dial-up 56K modem is faster than the drive to the library).  Average humans, even heavily caffeinated carpenters, still read this information at roughly the speed of sound if we are fairly bright.  Do you know how long it takes the average human being to comprehend the information they read?  We all absorb information and gain knowledge at different rates, but trust me...it's never as quickly as we desire.

  Most of us laugh at a joke 3 times; 
       once when we hear it, 
               again when we tell it,
... and then a few days later when we get it!

Understanding the estimating process:

When you contact me and schedule our on-site meeting, the following information will be needed from you to generate an accurate estimate quickly:

  1. Have a clear vision about what you would really like to see as a finished product in your home.  I'm happy to help bring your dream into focus.  Have an idea of your desired project start date.  We can fine tune the schedule when we both know more, we just need a clear goal for the "What and When" to aim for.

  2. Don't be afraid to dream big and vividly.  Eventually together we will narrow your concepts to an exact material list.  I'll keep working with you until the stair design of your dreams meets the budget that fits.  I am the master of "wine taste on a beer budget".  Focus on what you really want to see,  not a pre-conceived idea of possible cost limitations.

  3. Be specific. The more concise you can be about the actual components you like, the faster I can get to the drafting and estimating. The Design Tips  will teach you effective ways of determining the pertinent information, and then communicating that to me via photos, sketches , part numbers, ...etc. and will assist in expediting the process.

  4. Be organized. Compile the information however you know best.  The more efficiently you convey your design concepts to me, the more you will save time for both of us in the mutual learning curve.  Start a file folder (digital or physical) and fill it with ideas, an article from a magazine, printed or copied photos of stairs you like, a material list,  my business card ...anything that helps you keep track of your thoughts. 

  5. Learn.  Be a smart buyer.  If you know some of the terminology and material choices,  and which of the 3 basic railing styles you would like to see in your home we will be off and running in no time at all.  Knowing your choices for species of wood, and how everything is finished (paint and/or stain) is half of the challenge.  Anything you learn will help.  With a computer and an Internet connection the world is at your finger tips.