Pre-Construction

Master Plan

We follow a Master Construction Plan To Stay On Schedule

We, at ZFE Design Build, follow a master schedule to ensure that a client’s building needs are fully addressed. We know that it is just as important to identify activities that lead to waste as it is to make sure that the pursuits we employ are worthwhile and effective.
That is why we follower a master schedule – one where we can stay on top of each part of a construction project. By taking this approach, we can reduce or eliminate the following activities or events:

  • Reworking or correcting architectural or design flaws
  • Redoing designs 
  • Making mistakes in ordering supplies
  • Waiting for materials, specifications, correspondence, or phone calls
  • Over-estimating or underestimating inventory requirements
  • Producing more than what a client orders
  • Over-processing – producing more than what is featured in a client’s budget
  • Underutilization of labor or a lack of involvement from the workforce

We have extensive knowledge when it comes to zoning, architecture and layout, and building for investment. 

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Realizing Our Goals & Objectives

Avoiding waste is essential in building a home or remodel that is delivered on schedule. That is why we, at ZFE Design Build, make it a priority, again, to follow a master schedule. Creating a schedule enables us to satisfy a client’s objectives and meet our timetable and the projected cost estimate. When a schedule is followed, the following goals are realized and obtained:

  • The promises for a project are met.
  • The key milestones are identified and delivered.
  • The project team reaches its goals in specific areas.
  • Weather contingencies are considered and met.
  • The development of phases for a project proceed as planned.
  • Procurement activities are initiated and met.
  • The schedule detail is emphasized and followed.
  • Any modifications to the schedule can be anticipated and made.

When you can assist a buyer by realizing the above goals, you increase a client’s overall confidence in your company. Therefore, a master schedule is necessary in carrying out certain initiatives and reaching specific building objectives

We Take Our Time During The Planning Process

Proper planning Leads to Better Outcomes

Value Engineering

Engineering Studies

Included with a master plan are value engineering studies. When applied to the building or remodeling phases of construction, value engineering is invaluable. This multi-step process is a key part of the design phase for new developments or home builds. As the name suggests, value engineering is designed to impart value. This value is defined as cost divided into function. Therefore, the goal, in this respect, to is to concentrate on optimizing a project’s function while reducing cost. This, in turn, creates true value for a client.

Workshop Planning

Part of value engineering studies and the planning process is the workshop. The workshop is part of project planning, and is facilitated during the design. During this stage, the project members review the building project, define major project criteria, and offer optional solutions.

This phase of a construction project involves five steps, each of which are defined by information gathering, speculation, evaluation, development, and presentation.

During the first phase of the workshop, the team works to gather details about the project, including the client’s goals and criteria for the work. They also work at determining the client’s definition of value. Speculation is represented by brainstorming and the review of construction data. The team, at this point, look for ways to reduce the initial cost of construction while optimizing function. 

Evaluation & Development

Engineering Studies

Evaluation is also used to finalize solutions or to throw out ideas that are ineffective. The development step allows the construction team to review the ideas that passed through the evaluation step. These ideas are formatted into workable proposals and cost comparisons. The last part of the workshop phase entails presentation. The construction team creates a written presentation of its findings.

That is why we, at ZFE Design Build, take the time to focus on value engineering studies and participate in workshop activities, as working in this way produces impressive construction results. Because this activity is held during the initial planning stage, further project modifications or delays are reduced using this approach. In turn, the client receives better functionality and value.

A Fresh Perspective

While the time spent on this activity produces little impact on redesign costs or the final project schedule, it does offer a fresh perspective – one that leads to increased client satisfaction with the completed product. It also reduces the overall project cost.

Added Cost Savings

Value engineering studies can assist in cost savings for a project, as they address all steps in the lifecycle of a building project or remodel – from the initial steps through sustainability of the materials and utility effectiveness. 

Positive Results

In turn, our project team brings positive solutions to the forefront, including methods that reduce the carbon footprint for construction and transportation. At the same time, the wellness and safety of the surrounding community is added to the equation.

Providing The Best Value For Our Clients

At ZFE Design Build our major goal is to provide the best value for our clients. That is why we rely on value engineering studies when designing and constructing a home or remodeling a structure. 

Reviewing all Aspects of a Plan

We review all aspects of a construction plan when creating value engineering proposals. By doing so, we can cover the following:

  • Suggestions for reducing costs, or recommending less expensive options to certain systems or for materials.
  • Using higher quality products that add value and produce overall satisfaction.
  • Implementing life-cycle analyses that create a balance between the initial costs of construction and long-term budget costs or development.
  • Recommending products and systems that will lower the cost of maintenance over the life of a building or remodel.

Construction Document Coordination

We believe that the coordination of construction documentation must be well-managed to meet lifecycle milestones and goals. Any oversights in this respect can lead to costly oversights.

That is why we, at ZFE Design Build, emphasize a quality management plan when documenting paperwork. To encourage productivity and enhance communications, a quality management plan is enforced for separate projects. Goal-specific outlines are followed that are generated from architectural and contractor requirements.

While the coordination of paperwork may, at times, seem tedious, the complexity and volume of the information makes this type effort crucial. To bypass this activity increases the risk for error, which can affect both timeliness and delivery. Research shows that unresolved issues, with respect to coordination, lead to 20% to 30% of the change orders that are put through. 

Therefore, we at ZFE Design Build, concentrate on making sure communications and coordination are clearly relayed and followed. By taking this approach, we can strengthen our documentation and address the specific needs of the customer.

Material Identification and Procurement

Materials management is defined, in construction, as a management system needed for planning and controlling the quantity and quality of materials, timely equipment placement, and securing the proper material quantity at a good price.

Coordinating The Process

Material identification and procurement must be done in conjunction with the following:

  • The analysis of the site
  • Controlling inventory
  • A review of the purchasing process
  • An analysis of procurement and tracking
  • A survey of the costs

Related Activities

The activities associated with materials management include the following processes:

  • Material projecting, budgeting, and planning
  • Scheduling, purchasing and procurement
  • Receipt and inspection
  • Inventory control and storage
  • Material handling and transport
  • Waste management

Material identification and management is an influential part of construction, as the cost of materials can range from 30% to 80% of the entire cost. As this part of the process is interrelated to other phases, it is vital that coordination and collaboration are emphasized.

Construction Planning and Recommendations

Whether you are remodeling a structure or are involved in building a new home, each phase of planning is strongly considered. Therefore, we, at ZFE Design Build, follow specific yet critical steps when planning a renovation. These steps are crucial to a successful design or remodel.

The Initial Meeting

We begin the process by meeting with the client. During this conference, we explain our services and make sure that we fully understand our client’s needs and specifications. We also obtain budget information to ensure that the planned design will align with the amount the client wishes to invest.

Developing a Plan

After we have discussed services and financial costs, we develop a plan. Normally, planning involves creating two or more schematic designs – designs that feature a preliminary layout of the floor plan, including some outside views of a home if a remodel is planned.

Making Decisions

Time is needed for a client to review the designs, consider the sketches, and make decisions. This part of the phase can extend to several months, especially if a client wants to make changes to the schematics.

Providing a Preliminary Cost Estimate

Once the initial designs are created, we can provide a dimensional floor plan and offer initial material selections. At this point, it is possible to provide preliminary projections of the cost.

Shopping for Materials

Shopping for materials can be quite involved. When building a home, you need to consider such objects as doorknobs, lighting, and windows. To ensure a lower project cost, it is best to make material selections before construction commences. This makes it easier for the contractor to provide pricing and schedule building material purchases, based on the lead times.

It takes about one or two months to make a choice of the items you wish to include in a new construction or remodel. While the client makes selections, the architect can finalize the construction, and the proper permits can be obtained.

Obtaining the permits

Depending on a project’s scope and the location of the building site, obtaining permits can take a mere day or several months. The fees range from several hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, depending on the nature of the construction or remodel.

Making Recommendations

While constructing a new home or remodeling a structure is not a fast process, it is one that is detailed and outlined. We, at ZFE Design Build, work at making sure that each step of a new build or remodel is clearly communicated and that our clients are apprised and advised each step of the way.

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We hope we can serve your building needs in the La Jolla, California area. Contact us today with your visions about building a dream home or extending your existing property.