Budgeting and Estimating
At Drafting Cafe, we believe homeowners should have accurate, unbiased information at their fingertips throughout their project. The builder should be independent from the architect, as separate entities and advisors. This provides a homeowner with multiple perspectives during design and the opportunity to compare competitive bids once the design is complete.
In the process known as Design-Build, the builder and the architect/designer are part of one company. They will often give a soft bid before a contract is signed, then bid their own design once it is complete. This process doesn’t allow flexibility for a competitive bid and locks you into one team without independent advisors. Drafting Cafe’s approach doesn’t lock you in.
Drafting Cafe has taken the best parts of the Design-Build process and integrated them into our process. We provide the insight of a contractor during the design process, along with support from Drafting Cafe’s team during construction, all without having to commit to a builder before design begins. It’s a team of independent advisors at your fingertips.
Flexibility to Build
Our process pairs you with one of our pre-selected builders based on their expertise, your neighborhood, and their availability. There is no obligation to hire them to build your project after the design is complete, and you are free to collect competitive bids from other builders.
Hover over the sections below to learn more about the key benefits of Drafting Cafe’s Budgeting and Estimating program.