There's no dumb questions - really.

Our team has guided hundreds of thousands dollars in successfull projects. Each of those projects begin with a preset series of questions that define how we can best assist you.

 

The following group of questions is derived from either our internal process or from questions asked by clientele. Please feel free to inquire here where a question hasn't been answered to your satisfaction.

 

0. How does it work?

 

Your inquiry begins the process, good job.  If you haven't started the inquiry process it's really simple. You can do one of the following:

 

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1) Unless you've taken measurements, and they are good and accurate, measurements will need to be taken of the space. It is the only way we can build a model and accurately show you what will and won't work. During this time we will have a consultation with you to determine what your style or design criterian is for the space.

 

2) Our team will take the measuremnts back to the office and prepare a fully quoted document based on the square footage (for visualizations) and based on the full project scope that was discussed.

 

3) After accepting the quote, we will open a cloud based accessible group of folders for collaboration between the group and the homeowner/builder or designer.

 

4) End Vision will build a 3D model of your space. We fill the space with your belongings and desired design within a 90% ratio. 

 

5) After the design orientation is completed and agreed to our team will render the space to a photographic quality, followed by post-processing the image. 

 

6) Each space will receive a fully dimensioned plan which was taken as part of the measurements, as well as a minimum of three (3) renderings per space. 

 

1. Where do I start?

Yes. This is a question we get asked a lot. It's a big question. 

 

Everything you do from this point forward, whether building a brand new home from scratch, or remodeling an existing structure - should follow a strict process. 

 

Clearly we're biased but we believe you've begun correctly by starting with a planning team (End Vision). Let's start with your project type. 

 

a) Is this a remodel or brand new build? a1) Have you looked through other examples?

b) Do you need visualizations to determine how the space will look, or construction documents which will be how the team is informed on how to build the space, and how the county will permit it. 

c) Do you already own the land?

d) Has the land had a 'Perk' test to determine buildability?

e) For new builds, is the property going to be on City water and Sewer or Well and Septic?

f) For new builds, what are the setback requirements for your property?

g) BUDGET.  Be realistic about your costs. The typically home built from scratch in North Carolina is roughly $100 a sq. ft. before finishes are applied.  

Budget is a word many customers shy away from because they feel like they have a greater potential to be taken advantage of. While there are some companies who will always attempt to access the top of your budget, it's essential to know the numbers in advance so that design doesn't exceed the potential to actually get the job completed.
 

2. How much is it?

 

It's a fair question with an easy answer. We charge $1.50 per square foot for visualizations. 

 

We charge $150 flat fee to drive to, and measure up to 2000 sq. ft of space. These two fees are mutually exclusive. We collect this fee on the day of arrival on-site. 

 

Architecture, Engineering and Mechanical design services are available at quoted rates. Each project will differ depending on the clients requests and as such demand more or less time accordingly. As such each client will receive a thorough quote explaining the outline of the project along with the pricing breakdown. 

 

3. What is a visualization? 

 

We use the loose term visualization to encompass a range of potential imagery. The point of any type of visalization is to assist the creator with the flexibility of showing their space, design plan, prototype or schematic to another group or individual. 

The importance of the visualization can't be understated. In the early stages of design most clientele have a mental image of their space. This image is the culmination of compiling, and reviewing hundreds of completed spaces they (you) have seen over time. This image is much more easily visualized in your mind than it is to explain. 

 

Visualization graphics help to inform and support the physical design. Prior to hiring a contractor, you should already have a design. Some contractors have a design/build presence which allows the consumer to do both, hire the contractor and designer at once.  Visualizations, when shown to the contractor, help to define the deliverable. When a picture exists - and everyone, both the contractor and the consumer have agreed, the final product must match. 

It's not necessary to have our team to do the work for you, but - make sure you get one and clarify what  you're getting before the hammer ever hits the wall. 

 

Visualizations support the customers idea about the space, and is not interior design. 

 

3a. What's the turn-around time?

 

The End Vision Visual Design group can turn over renderings in as little as 24 hours depending on the size of the project. If all the finishes, colors and wall placements are already chosen - then our job is to depict those choices using our imagery. The time is increased when the opposite is true and the homeowner or designer(s) have not yet thought through the entire design. 

 

In either case most visualization projects are completed within 3-5 business days.

 

4. I can buy plans on-line for cheap why do this?

 

Easy there  - buying plans on-line doesn't finish the job for you! 

 

  • Purchasing plans on-line in NC means you still need to have a licensed Structural engineer sign off on the job. Add that cost
  • On-line plans won't allow customization. Check with your provider, there are instances of customization doubling the cost of the design plans. 
  • Purchasing plans on-line means someone else could purchase them too, this is less custom than you think. These companies make their money based on the fact that they can sell the plan multiple times wtih no changes. 
  • On-line plans don't typically offer full color internal visualizations of the space(s) to help with design and flow. 
  • No accountability for poor design. Contractors run into issues with good design all the time, often needing to speak to the designer of record to 'make a call' on something in the field. This won't be possible purchasing plans on-line. 

 

5. What does it take to obtain a permit?

 

The answer to this question will depend entirely on your location and the location of the build. Many county municipalities have slight rule differences.

 

To pull a legitamite permit there is a fee associated, and you'll need a licensed general contractor for work over $30,000.00. 

 

To obtain a permit you should have sealed architectural drawings ready to turn in as part of the permit. If structural items are affected by your desired changes, you'll need either a structural set of drawings, sealed by an engineer or architect of record or an engineers letter explaining about loads in various locations. 

 

There are various permits throughout the process. Hiring the right general contractor will take this off your plate entirely. 

Plumbing | Electrical and Mechanical Permits may be required depending on what is being done. This could necessitate schematics for each. 

 

6. How long is your quote good for?

 

Typical visualization quotes are good for 30 days, unless noted otherwise.

 

Construction quotes will  be good for two weeks (14) days and no more, mainly due to material cost fluctuations and labor demands.

 

7. Interior Design 

 

Before going to far, it's important to note that a great many people are confused about the difference between and interior designer and and interior decorator. Both individuals have a function for sure but there are very distinct differences. 

 

An Interior decorator has an eye for style, and can help an individual or family delve into that style and adorn the home accordingly.  An Interior Decorator typically hasn't had architectural training, nor do they work specifically with design and flow of the space. 

 

An Interior designer has had extensive architectural training, has an accredited degree in design and can assist with flow, design, and decoration. The Interior designer will craft together a board of ideas which will pay respect to the customers design intent while maximizing space, flow and functionality. 

 

Often The End Vision Visual Design Group is hired by Interior Design Professionals to help them illustrate the design intent to their customers. As a result of our business we do work with a host of excellent designers who we can refer as necessary.  

 

8. Project Management

 

 

If your project is ready to go, or if you're in the planning stages we can help manage the process and make it seamless for you.

 

The stress of building or renovating a home can be enormouse. Many of our clientele are looking for a one-stop-shop for construction needs. They come to the End Vision Visual Design Group with a goal to "get it done." 

 

As your project manager we will handle all necessary items:

  • Hiring the surveyor
  • Home | Space design and layout
  • Architectural and Engineering 
  • Renderings of the design
  • Creating bid Documents | Hiring GC
  • Creating a construction schedule
  • GC communication and interface

This option will offer you the peace of mind, knowing that there's only one throat to choke in the event things aren't going the way you see fit. 

 

9. Experience Counts

 

The End Vision Visual Design Group are made up of career Architects, Engineers and designers whov'e worked for large national and multi-national firms.  We have well over 90 combined years of experience in the design of small, medium and large structures. 

 

Our team can handle Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing design or just visualizations. There is nothing along the construction spectrum that our designers haven't encountered before making us the right choice to solve problems before they start. 

 

10.Human support

 

We pledge Human support, and contact within 24 hours of your initial call, or e-mail. You will never get a robot or eighteen prompts before you speak to one of our associates. 

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