You’ve come this far…you know what type of structure you want, you have an idea in mind for the design, now you’re looking to get a quote. So what’s the process look like to go from the research phase to actually purchasing your new pool house, shed, or other storage structure?
Planning, Planning, Planning
To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.” The planning of your new structure is one of the most important phases of the project. After our initial consultation to discover exactly what you want and need in a building, we’ll walk you through the options available to customize your new shed, pool house, or garage. Once you’ve chosen your structure and all the options, you’ll receive a detailed quote from our team.
When you sign off on the details, you’ll have the option to get a 2D and 3D rendering of your building. This is typically done for more complex structures like pool houses and garages, but we can provide it as a service for your shed design as well. Thanks to the renderings, you can see exactly what your structure will look like before we ever start building.
During the planning phase, we’ll also discuss laying the foundation for your new structure, how it will be delivered, what kind of timeline you can expect, and more.
Foundations typically fall under two major types: stone beds for smaller or temporary structures like garden sheds, and concrete foundations for permanent or heavier structures like pool houses and garages. Within those two major options, there are a variety of types of stone beds or concrete foundations that can be used, and the best one for you will depend on the location and type of structure. We can provide foundation services for you, or you can do it yourself or hire your own contractor.
From a delivery standpoint, we’ll also determine how your structure will make it to your property. Depending on the building type and desired timeline, we have two main choices for getting the structure placed on your property:
- On-Site Build – A team of 3-4 crew members will be on-site typically between 7A and 9A to get started. We can bring raw materials, or pre-cut supplies to get right down to work. The crew foreman will provide daily updates, and at the end of each day we’ll make sure the job site is clean and cleared. Larger, complex structures will be built on site.
- MULE Delivery – For structures built at our facility, we’ll schedule a delivery date once you’ve signed off on the design of your structure. You’ll get confirmation one to two days before the delivery date and a phone call when our driver is 30 minutes to an hour away. We’ll use a MULE forklift that allows one crew member to place your building with minimal impact to your property. It also allows us to place a building in tight spaces.
A Costly Lesson in Communication
Our goal throughout your building project is to keep things as simple for you as possible and ensure you end up with a building you’re in love with! Providing our customers with stellar service and products are our top priorities and we believe communication is key to a successful project and happy customer. We make sure you know what’s going on with your project every step of the way, and provide documentation needed for all contractors involved.
But even though we have our process down pat, miscommunication can happen. We worked on a project just the other week in which we built a pavilion for a pool contractor whose customer had requested one. The pool contractor had his own contact come in to do masonry work, install a fireplace, etc.
Unfortunately, it seems that the pool contractor did not provide his mason with the detailed plans and blueprints we provided, and the fireplace wound up in the wrong place. A new pavilion will need to be built, and the pool contractor now has an extra pavilion to showcase on his lot! An expensive lesson, to be sure.
This is one reason why we offer our customers the chance to simply use our own contractors for foundation work, kitchen installation, etc. We can ensure that all parties have the necessary info to get the job done right. It also tends to make things a lot simpler for you!
If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about our products and proccesses, please don’t hesitate to call us at 877-272-7252 or contact us here.