The demand on our design and construction services at times exceeds our ability to turn work around rapidly. How do we look right now? Is there a waiting list for new design clients? What about for construction?
When we can’t immediately hop onto a new design or construction project we place the client on one of our waiting lists. Please know that we update the data on this page every Wednesday. Our goal is to be as transparent as possible so as not to take you by surprise. Our clients tell us we’re worth the wait.
Although our response time may not fit everyone’s needs, we’re committed to avoid the typical reaction of builders to simply add more bodies; throw more people at it. Not a good model. Do you want unproven people showing up at your door? I don’t think so. Instead, we’re driven to uphold our quality standards. And we’re not a small company. Here’s the most recent team photo we took in July of 2016, in front of our office in the Community Bike & Information Station we built for you, our neighbors, when we turned 60 years old in September of 2015.
Here’s a brief, recent running history of this design data over the past 3 months:
1 month ago there were 14 clients on the design waiting list.
2 months ago there were 12 clients on the design waiting list.
3 months ago there were 6 clients on the design waiting list.
CONSTRUCTION: If a potential client walks in the door today with their signed Construction Agreement, our next available construction start date is September 12th, 2017.
Here’s a brief, recent running history of this construction data over the past 3 months:
1 month ago the next available construction start date was September 12th, 2017.
2 months ago the next available construction start date was July 25th, 2017.
3 months ago the next available construction start date was July 4th, 2017.
Some clarifying thoughts about these waiting lists:
We’re often asked to estimate the amount of time it will take to get through the existing number of clients on the waiting list. Say there are 3 such clients. Will this mean you need to wait 2 weeks before active design? 2 months? We wish the answer was simple. We simply don’t know. That said, when there have been 3 or 4 clients on the design waiting list, the average wait has been between 2 and 4 weeks after Rick’s initial site visit.
Here are a few reasons why it’s so tough to predict one’s waiting time for design:
- Larger design projects take much longer than smaller ones. Imagine that! So a designer loaded with smaller projects can get on to a new client sooner.
- If a designer’s project moves into construction, that designer takes on certain tasks in its implementation [e.g., ordering special order items; managing specialty subs; additional design tasks to support the project, etc.]. This would obviously delay that designer’s ability to take on new clients.
Although most design projects continue on to construction, there’s often a delay between the time we’ve submitted our Proposal price to a client and their decision to proceed with construction. So most of the time we have pending bids out there; at any time we can get a phone call asking us to proceed with a construction project. BAMM… the next available start date moves out ahead… in direct proportion to the size of the project that just sold. That’s why we created this website page… to keep you up to date, because changes can happen quickly. Unexpectedly. So all we can do is be transparent, right?
We provide you this information to keep you informed, not to add pressure upon you to act prematurely. Don’t rush! Our hope is that you wait for us. We invest our hearts and souls into designing, then bidding, your project, and we want you to wait. When we don’t get to build what we design, well, that sucks!
Please wait. We’re worth it… and we’re here to prove that to you!