Are you thinking about updating or creating an exciting play space with Creo but not too sure where to start?
It’s common to feel overwhelmed with options and questions at the beginning of a project like this, and it might often feel like the more things you start thinking about, the more questions you seem to have. We would like to help relieve a little bit of this stress and walk you through what a typical process with Creo is like. This will help you decide whether teaming up with CREO for your project is the right choice for you, and if so, what the beginning stages will look like.
So the first thing to figure out is who the right design or construction team is to partner with for your upcoming project; who aligns with your vision and bring your dream space to reality.
Creo is both a design and build company, so we are an all in one team. No need to acquire a designer and then a construction company separately. We’ve set out to make the process easier for you by keeping everything under one roof.
When you reach out to us, the first thing that we do is get on the phone with you and have a conversation about what you are wanting for your project. We ask you a number of questions about your space, goals, expectations, and much more. From there we can determine whether on not Creo is a good fit for your project, and if we’re not, we will do our best to refer you to other companies that might be better suited to look after you.
If Creo does seem like a good fit for your project, then we move on to the next step.
Once we establish that Creo could be a good fit for you, we schedule a Zoom, where we screen share with you, zooming into aerial photography of your property and we can discuss your project in more detail.
The 3 objectives of the Zoom meeting are to:
- Confirm that Creo is 100% a good fit for your project. Again if we are not, we will refer you to another company that is better suited to your project and your requirements. In this way we can be sure that you are getting the best results and value for your money.
- We can discuss and establish your goals and create a “wish list” of features and items you would like to see included in your project.
- Agree on a budget range for your project. Our landscape architects are trained to design to your set budget, so we like to lay out the budget at this point. The last thing we want to give you is a pretty concept that is completely unrealistic and impossible to build within your set budget.
After the Zoom call, we can move on and build a concept together.
If possible, we will access some good quality aerial imagery of your property. If we don’t have access to aerial photos, we will schedule a visit so we can come out and survey the site. We will also need you to provide us with photos of your site, and occasionally the odd measurement. As soon as we have those images, our designers can make a start creating a concept for you.
Once the concept is complete, we’ll give it to you, along with a video walkthrough and an investment guide to build it. You can share the video with your team or any stakeholders and there’s plenty of opportunity at this stage to revise and amend the concept in any way you want. We will work through it with you until you are happy with it and the investment guide value number, which is the figure for the entire build of that concept. We normally provide these project concepts free of charge.
When you are comfortable with the final concept and value of the build, you will have to request and receive a project proposal from our Creo team.
This proposal will outline all the information about the design and build of the project. Here you can find details on lead times, pricing, the scope of the project, and much more. As soon as this proposal is approved, your project is locked into our schedule. Our projects team will then arrange a site visit with you and plan out the upcoming build in full detail.
The fifth step makes everything official. It is at this point that we both sign the contract. This happens closer to the time of the build. An invoice will be sent to you, and we can then begin procurement of the materials and resources required to bring your concept to life.
This step outline is a good indication of what it would look like to work with our Creo design and build team. We hope this article has helped answer a couple of those roadblock questions. If you have any further questions or concerns you want our team to answer, or you would like to speak to someone about your project, get in touch. Fill out our contact form with your questions, and we will get one of our consultants to get back to you.