Beau­ti­ful, bud­get-friendly builds for your abode

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - HAWAII RENOVATION -

At the heart of ev­ery new build, ren­o­va­tion or re­model, is the bud­get. The home­owner’s bud­get is the amount they al­lo­cate to spend on the project to get the best re­sults. When work­ing with a new client, the builder’s pri­mary task is to es­ti­mate the over­all cost of the job, fo­cus­ing on hit­ting the mark set by the home­owner. For the builder, that is no easy task. But for a pro­fes­sional builder with ex­pe­ri­ence, ex­cel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion and prob­lem-solv­ing skills, it can be done. At Gra­ham Builders, stay­ing in bud­get is of ut­most im­por­tance. It builds trust with the client and is the foun­da­tion for an open, com­mu­nica­tive re­la­tion­ship be­tween the own­ers and the builder that is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary to nav­i­gate the twists and un­knowns of any ma­jor con­struc­tion project. How does Gra­ham Builders achieve this? It’s the re­sult of an in­depth es­ti­ma­tion process to pro­vide the home­owner with a fi­nal cost that is re­flec­tive of the fin­ished prod­uct. “When peo­ple want to buy some­thing, like a car, the prod­uct ex­ists and the price has al­ready been de­ter­mined,” said Gra­ham Builders’Vice Pres­i­dent of Op­er­a­tions Ryan Gra­ham. “With con­struc­tion it’s dif­fer­ent.The orig­i­nal bid is just an ed­u­cated guess, the start­ing point of cost.You can­not get a fi­nal price un­til you de­ter­mine the de­sign, the ma­te­ri­als, how it’s put to­gether, and the fin­ishes.”

In order to pro­vide an in­depth es­ti­mate, all the nec­es­sary con­struc­tion draw­ings must be com­plete so that ev­ery stud, beam, sheet and brick can be counted. In ad­di­tion to con­struc­tion costs, Gra­ham Builders also in­cludes the fin­ishes — floors, coun­ter­tops, and fix­tures — in its fi­nal es­ti­mate, in­stead of us­ing al­lowances, ar­bi­trary whole-dol­lar amounts set by a con­trac­tor in place of ac­tual prices. Of­ten times, un­der-es­ti­mated al­lowances leave the home­owner re­spon­si­ble for any over­ages in cost when the project is fin­ished. “Our in-depth es­ti­ma­tion is a fi­nite way of ar­riv­ing at a cost,” Gra­ham said. “That’s the ben­e­fit of work­ing with a de­sign-build firm like Gra­ham Builders.Our es­ti­mate is a fi­nal num­ber based on the en­tire scope of the project,from start to fin­ish. It’s the fi­nal cost to the home­owner, not a guess.”

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