Maughan Design & Remodel
1910 NW Lovejoy Street
Portland, OR 97209
Typical costs: Range covers a small pull and replace bath remodel to a full house remodel with bump out addition
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We want to thank you again for your graciousness when we found unexpected plumbing and framing conditions and also had crew members out sick, both of which did extend our original project schedule. You were wonderful to work with.
I'd also like to mention that the higher project cost was actually the difference between my ballpark guesstimate when we first met and the final budget we developed as we worked with you to create a plan and select specific fixtures and materials. Once we presented your developed budget and signed contracts together, your project costs only increased by $1,800 - due to those hidden plumbing conditions and a small amount of electrical work that you added. We do develop comprehensive plans before providing final budget numbers exactly for that reason - so our contracts have reliable pricing. I thought it would be important to clarify the difference here.
Thanks again for your thoughtful review - and we are looking forward to working with you again when you're ready for your next project!
I would like to take a moment to address the cost concerns that you raised. When we estimate the cost of a project during a quick overview visit, it's our role to guide an exploration of possible costs given varying scenarios - but it's only a starting point for further discussion. Initial budget estimates are definitely both art and science - and that's true for any professional. Real numbers, of course, are developed along with the project scope and selections. I have been in the position of having given the lowest ball-park as well as the highest during an initial walk-through. I've found it's always better to ball-park a higher range and find that it's doable for less, than to be in a position of having ball-parked a base number that has to be made up through added scope or change orders. This may be a less common approach which can unfortunately cost us opportunities, but I believe it's the right approach. I try to encompass everything that homeowners typically choose when I'm ball-parking so my numbers are realistic from the start. Then our design process breaks out many optional costs along the way so our clients can choose what is important to spend their money on and what isn't. This also means that our projects have an excellent on-budget track record through completion.
I know your project will be a wonderful fit for your family, and I am glad you're moving forward with your plans. I hope you enjoy it for years to come! And thank you again for the lovely review!