Schmidke Construction & Contracting, LLC  | Phone: 269-983-2304
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FAQs about building and renovation projects
How much do you charge per square foot?
What is “cost plus”?
What is involved in quoting a project?
How long will the project take?
How often will we communicate?
I’m only in town on weekends, can you still work on my home during the week?
What can I expect from the subcontractors you’ve hired?
What are the first steps in starting a new project?
Do you create drawings for my project?
Do I need an architect?

How much do you charge per square foot?
This is always a difficult question, but ultimately it’s the homeowner that influences final project costs based on their selections for the home’s finishes. Another factor that can determine cost is the condition of the building site. Whether there are trees to clear, undulations to fill, accessibility for trucks and machines, soil borings to test, etc. can make a big difference. SCC has worked within a broad range of prices per square foot.

What is “cost plus”?
Cost plus is one method often used for quoting and billing on a project. Simply stated: SCC will bill the homeowner their invoiced contractor cost from suppliers and subcontractors, plus their percentage for overhead and profit. Many clients favor this method as it is very transparent and categories are line itemized on estimates and invoices.
This type of contract is also used when homeowners want to begin as soon as possible yet they have not identified all selections.

What is involved in quoting a project?
Quoting a project can be one of the most time consuming aspects of the building process as a whole. Once SCC has a drawing for your new home or remodel, we will visit the site with appropriate sub-contractors. Every facet of the new plans is studied down to the smallest piece of trim. Size, species, and color of each item must be considered in the quoting process. Before we submit a quote we have completed the project down to the last screw that will be installed on your hardware, on paper.

This meticulous attention to detail is something we take pride in at SCC and it allows us to give a much more realistic price to the homeowner. When homeowners request a bid from multiple contractors, it’s important that before they consider the “cheapest” bid, they look at the most realistic bid to minimize additional costs in the end.

How long will the project take?
The duration of each project varies depending on the caliber and nature of the project. Our remodels have often ranged from 6 weeks for complete kitchen remodels to the studs, to 12 months for full home renovations that also included additions to the home. New home construction is on average 6-9 months; a year for larger projects.

How often will we communicate?
Communication is key in any successful relationship. SCC is in constant communication with architects, designers, sub-contractors, inspectors, & homeowners. The way we communicate and how often we meet is arranged in the beginning of the project to meet the needs and desires of the client.

I’m only in town on weekends, can you still work on my home during the week?
Absolutely. Many SCC clients own second homes in the area and only visit on weekends. Most clients trust Schmidke Construction & Contracting with the key to their home for ease of access and project completion during the week. We have a number of projects that have been purposefully scheduled during a time when the homeowner was on vacation or at another home.

What can I expect from the subcontractors you’ve hired?
We have over a decade of experience in the construction field, working with numerous sub-contractors and even other general contractors. This experience has allowed us to develop a keen eye for the right type of workmanship and professionalism, and therefore appropriate sub-contractor on each project. SCC is licensed and insured and we ensure that all of our sub-contractors carry the appropriate licensing and insurance also.

What are the first steps in starting a project?
Select a site
Design a plan to best suit the site and homeowner
Choose materials, fixtures, & finishes
Price
Go to contract
Build!

Do you create drawings for my project?
SCC does not create blueprints but we have relationships with both architects and designers who can create drawings needed for your project. This is another example of how SCC can help streamline your remodel or new build, being the single point of contact throughout the entirety of the project.

Do I need an architect?
According to Michigan’s building code, an architect is only required when building over 3,500 square feet of finished living area. There are some definitive advantages however to using an architect and SCC suggests drawings be made by an architect or designer whenever possible as is standard in custom residential building and remodels.
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