Our years of experience at Kerr Construction and Design have taught us that there is a natural law at work in home renovation costs. We call it the “1-10-100 rule.”
This little rule makes or breaks a client’s budget. Violations of it can destroy a client’s peace of mind.
How the law works
The rule goes this way: for every $1 you spend to change something in design, that change will cost 10 times as much if it is done once construction has started, and it will cost 100 times more if it is done after construction is completed.
The simplicity is that the later you make a change in the design/ construction process, the more the cost exponentially increases.
For instance, if you want to move a wall in the design stage, it might take you an hour of design to move that wall. Maybe cost a hundred dollars.
But if you want to move that wall when you’re in the middle of construction — you’ve already built the wall and maybe have some electrical in it, maybe you don’t have the drywall on the wall yet. So it’s going to cost you a thousand dollars to get the electrician and move a couple other things and move that wall over to where you want it to be.
Now, it is 10 times more than that if you decide to do that after the job is complete. The drywall is up and flooring is down. Painting is done. Now that wall move is going to probably cost you 10 grand by the time you’re done.
Our company is built around this law
This rule is so powerful and important that we have built all of our company’s processes around it so that our clients get the most project completed for their renovation dollar.
This means we focus on getting the design right before the job starts.
To do this, we have brought design in-house – we have our own department of design professionals. They have their own processes and work directly with the client to get the project right before construction begins.
We also bring in our production guys to look around. Sometimes they open up a wall to see what’s inside and poke around to find any hidden problems that might get in the road of the design being executed before the construction begins. They work hand-in-glove with the design department to make sure the changes that are needed are made at the design stage rather than later.
In this way, Kerr Construction and Design helps clients get the most renovation done for their renovation dollar.