Design Process

One of the major components in developing and designing a custom-built deck, sunroom, or porch enclosure, is you.

All-Craft does not stop at being the premium contractor in the greater Halifax area. We also pride ourselves on being your personal design consultant. Our team provides a vast amount of resources while considering design, layout, and material choice for your project. If you have any questions about materials, designs, or styling, don’t hesitate to contact us! As our client, you can reach a building consultant anytime during business hours.

We strive to operate as a problem-solving company. We have customized our design process to pinpoint the needs you are trying to address and the wants you have for your dream home. We encourage you to think of the big picture. Is this going to be the final stage of the project? Or do you plan to further enhance your backyard or home in the future? These are important questions that we address with each client to ensure we are building for the future.

Steps in the Design Process

1. Phone Questionnaire

When a potential client first makes contact with All-Craft via phone or email, we will set up an initial phone meeting to go over the desired project. During this phone meeting, we request the client’s contact information and try to develop a general idea of the project they have in mind. We discuss the materials to be used, the budget for the project, the desired completion date, and financing options.

2. Confirmation Email

After a date has been set for the initial meeting, a confirmation email is sent out with a checklist of items to be gathered by the client, including the site map or property plot plan, and any HOA application forms that may need to be filled out for the project. We also send a list of preferred vendors and materials to be used for the project.

3. Initial On-Site Information Meeting

Please allow one or two hours for the initial meeting. At the initial meeting we provide clients with an extensive photo catalog of completed projects and brochures that highlight products to be used, and information about All-Craft. Next, we go through our comprehensive site survey that will help to generate creative design and pinpoint the needs and wants for each client’s individual project. At this initial meeting, the design consultant will take property photographs and measurements in order to assist in the creation of the plan view drawings and 3D renderings of the proposed project. This is the only way to get a realistic visual of how the project will affect the house and yard.

4. Design and Proposal

The All-Craft promise to our clients is to have the project designs and a firm cost proposal completed within a week. We typically create two designs, so the client can see different options. Once the initial designs are presented we narrow down the design of choice and fine-tune it until the final project scope of work is completed in detail. Upon approval of the final design, the client will also receive a firm cost proposal, not an estimate, for the work to be done. By taking time with the details, we can reduce changes while under construction, which can save time and money.

5. Contract Signing

At the follow up meeting, we go over the project’s scope of work to make sure no details have been overlooked. We review the contract, scope of work, and warranty documents. Once everyone is in agreement, we take care of the paperwork and schedule the project start date and pre-construction meeting.

We want you to be a major part of the entire development process, after all, it is you that gets to enjoy the final product! That being said, we do not stop at the design and project building process. We go beyond to ensure that you know how to take care of your deck, sunroom, or home addition, so that your family can enjoy it for many, many years to come.