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Thanks for a great class!
I have a confession… I went through next week’s slides today. The portion about how to put the spec book together was for next week. No worries though, next week we can go over the additional elevation slides I added and ANY questions you have from the course, from the beginning to now. I will also look into QR codes for next week. If anyone has a favorite program or way of creating them, let me know!
Just as a reminder, next week’s class with be on Wednesday instead of Thursday, at the same time. You should have received that information prior to the course starting, but just in case you forgot or didn’t notice the change, I wanted to let you know.
Lu’s team has the updated slides from this week and will be uploading them to dropbox for you. I left next week’s slides on the updated week4 slides since we went over it today. Maybe some of you are ready for it, so I didn’t want to make you wait for the slides til next week.
There should have been a “pre-class” folder you got access to. It had the homework download and the workbook. I’m guessing it would be in the same area as the weekly class slides. If you can’t find it, email firstname.lastname@example.org and they can help you. I don’t have access to see what they sent you, so I can’t be of more help. Let me know if you have any trouble getting it.
Here is the link to fill out for the Sherwin Williams professional paint kit, it’s great for your library!
One of the questions asks for your account number if you want a CEU, that must have been for a class they offered, so just leave that blank.
The last question asks who referred you, I guess that would be me, Jenny Slingerland with Black Ink Interiors. You could also put my reps name who is the one who sent me the link, Laurie Clark.
@liz.dickson Typically the budget we’re given is for decorative lighting. The electrician usually includes the cans in his bid. But it’s a great question to ask the builder if you’re not sure of their process.
@liz.dickson Hi Liz, is the 9,000 sq ft home 2-story? If so, you could do the spec book based off the first level? This should give you a few bathrooms, kitchen, laundry, etc.
I am going to upload the updated slide that I mentioned in class in dropbox for you, but at the moment it says I don’t have permission. I am working with powers at be to give me the access I need so I can upload it for you. When I have access I will let you know. Thanks!
Q: Diana: Oftentimes, especially when working on a renovation, we have not done the design yet. Clients always want a cost from the builders, but builders want to know what we’re doing. I find it’s a chicken and the egg type situation. How do your clients get accurate pricing estimates to decide in order to choose someone to work with? How do you start working with clients without any ballpark pricing?
1. Some builders/general contractors will give the client a budget and expect the designer to work within it. This is the situation we talked about at the beginning of class. Sometimes they under bid to get the job, which puts us in a difficult situation. When possible, it’s best to sit down with the builder and discuss the budget together, so you are on the page when it comes to the budget and meeting the client’s desires/expectations. If possible, it would be good to have the client at the meeting to determine the budget. This way they are getting you expertise and the builders. If they have given you a budget and you just need to meet with the builder to break down the big overall budget into the specific selection categories (i.e. flooring, countertops, lighting, etc.) the client does not need to be there.
2. In some cases the builders will want the completed finish schedules before they give a budget so that they can get actual bids from the vendors and give the client a more realistic budget for exactly what you and the client have selected. In this case it is still important to sit down with the builder to get ideas of what the budgets will be. Usually the builder has discussed with the homeowner what the budget (in general) will be for the build and has an idea of what the selection budgets should be. This allows the client to choose the occasional higher priced selections, like we discussed, but without having to pay a change order fee, because the budget hasn’t been set and approved yet.
3. When a client goes to a builder to interview them, they may give a ballpark number of their fees to the client. The most common fee structures are (1) a flat fee based on square footage or (2) cost + a percentage on top of trades and materials (this is called “cost plus”). In the meeting, the client will not only learn about how he prices his jobs but also get to know their personality and understanding their build process. All will contribute to the client making an informed choice.
Hopefully that helped!
Q: Tina: I understand for legality to not draft floor plan while in a project. But we can draft our own for the class though? And our own elevations?
A: Yes! 1. Feel free to develop your own floor plan! I would just say that creating your own floor plan will take more time for you to do if you are wanting to keep up with the homework for the class. Totally up to you though! 2. Yes, we will be creating all our own elevations for the class.
I wanted to thank everyone for taking the course, it was such a pleasure getting to spend time with you guys over the last 5 weeks. I also wanted to make sure you all read the message above from 6.2.23 about the spec book and to let you know that I also uploaded some more images into the dropbox. Hopefully you all found the course helpful! I promise if you create your spec book and meet with builders with your head held high and with confidence, you will get work!
I wanted to address the conversation that we had at the end of class today regarding not giving access to my complete spec books. My spec books are specific to my clients and the architects I work with. I share the drawings I feel best convey the message I need to get across from a learning standpoint.
I cannot legally share my spec books, the architect has a proprietary right the floor plans. Also, my clients have paid me for my services and it would not be fair to share the selections and designs I created for them. The intent of this class has always been to teach designers how to create a spec book of their own designs, never to give them a spec book that I created. I hope that helps clarify why I don’t share entire spec books.
So that you have more examples, I have uploaded a few more images into the dropbox account. I hope that helps!
Remember, you always have access to the videos to rewatch them as needed.
@stephanie.bowen Is there any wall space outside of the shower that they could easily reach for the towels when they step out of the shower?
@sue.lecas Yes, I’ve been contracted with the builder directly and then he charges the client for my services. I have only ever been asked to do this once. It doesn’t change the way I work with the client, same process as if I was contracted with them. Hope that helps!
@sue.lecas We discussed ways of charging a client in Week #1’s class. Were you looking for more information? Maybe rewatch that part. 🙂
Fiverr, Upwork. @sue.lecas Read Week #1 conversation, we discussed this there too.