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Our Process

What is Our Process?

Building Solutions features a unique Investment-Appropriate planning process.

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Stage 3



Is this smart financially?

Any Design Process that doesn’t lead with “Is this even a good idea, financially speaking?” is already off to an uninformed beginning. Any design firm that does not start with this question is not performing the best service possible.

Cost is Crucial

This easy recognition of our clients’ fundamental realities compels us to begin every Design Process with Guiding Questions like “Can we get what we need from our remodel by re-apportioning the space we have before considering the expense of additional space?” and “Is the project we’re considering a wise investment in this property or business?”

Your right questions deserve the correct answers before spending significant resources on serious designs for your project.

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Investment-Appropriate spaces

At Building Solutions, the Financial Planning aspect of the project does not stop with PLAN.  It continues throughout DESIGN, just as required by San Francisco for public works projects.

3-D Models

Our Site Scans produce hyper-accurate 3-D models from which we either create new structures or modify your existing one, residential or commercial.

The combination of our costing technologies with Revit’s 3-D design and modeling capabilities gives us the unparalleled capacity to combine both into a fully integrated Design Process.


One point of accountability 

Since we designed it, we’re responsible for the cost. Because we do the Design and Build of a project means all fingers point to us.  Only one phone call to make.

We take care of everything

Our unique Construction Cost Tracking software lets you see exactly where you’re at financially with every single line item of your budget.

Complete Transparency gives you maximum control over the disbursement of your resources.

Client Advocacy means that we don’t stop bidding out your project at the sub-contractor level until you say stop.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It starts with an assumption that the only way to ensure an investment-appropriate project for any given property is to begin the PLAN process with questions that address our client’s short-term, best-use-of-resources concerns, as well as their long term ROI position in the property or business. Any design conversation that does not begin with these questions may not produce the best design results for the short and long term. Value Engineering Step 1.

We continue these discussions throughout the DESIGN process, integrating costs and design together at every step of the way to make sure the project fits the resources in an Investment-Approprite way. Value Engineering Step 2.

Our promise is to keep bidding out the project at the Sub-Contractor level during the BUILD until our clients say “stop”. Value Engineering Step 3.

If you know you can have this, why would you chose anything else?

A single point of accountability.  All fingers point to us.  One phone call to make.  One-stop-shop.  We are contractually responsible to make sure that our clients are fully apprised of the cost implications of their decisions at every step of the Design and Construction process.  

Also, our Team embodies every necessary area of Expertise for an efficient Design Process:
  • Investment Planning
  • Artistic Design
  • Structural and other Engineering skills
  • Costing
  • Permitting
  • Construction Means and Methods
We just can’t make it better than that.
Why would anyone hire a firm that does not possess all these critical skills in-house if they knew they could?
“Free” bids are a minimalist product specifically designed to get a foot in the door by low-balling. You can’t really do anything with them, and they are worth exactly what you pay for them. Their only value is to say “it will never be less than that”.
Our Estimating Process is based on the twin principles of complete Transparency (you see every bid from every sub and supplier), and client Advocacy (we keep bidding it out until you say “stop”).
These two principles (and the software that enables them) gives us the ability to conduct a Value Engineering Process that gives you the most control over your how your resources are spent than any minimalist “free” bid and the equally minimalist software that created it.
The funds invested in this crucial Design Process pay for themselves many times over in the ability to Value Engineer your project.
Why wouldn’t anyone want that opportunity?
Oxford Dictionary defines it as “The modification of designs and systems according to value analysis”.
We are able to do this analysis because we wrote our own software to do just that.  It gives you the ability to modify the design and specifications in real-time so that you can instantly see the cost effects of your Design choices on your project budget.  Think laser-pointers in your own hands and a big screen with lots of choices.  See our video on “The 3 Methods of Value Engineering” for more details!
Most designers or builders meet to discuss artistic and construction possibilities. That’s what they know, and that’s not the best place to start.  You may end up with a project that either doesn’t fit your budget one you might not be as happy with the result as you’d like to be. Neither of these are a good result.
Our initial consultation begins where it should- with a discussion of your short and long term financial goals for yourself, your family, or your business. You’d be amazed how these discussions reveal and define a far more direct path to a Viable Project, only spending money on design for a project that will not only actually be built, but one that will also fit you short and long-term financial goals.
Because why wouldn’t you do that?
See our video on “What makes a Viable Project” for more details!