At New Avenue, we change lives. It’s a bold statement, but it’s 100% true.
A new home, major remodel or backyard cottage should completely change the way a homeowner lives. The point of our projects is to do just that—change your life and put you in control for the long term. It can be a source of extra income, a source of security for the future, or just extra space to make your life easier. It can even be all three. The point is, we help homeowners make the most of the property they own.
The value we provide comes from 1) the team we assemble for you and 2) the way we manage every project from start to finish.
Here’s how it works.
Start with design.
First, you’ll need to sign up for a free account with New Avenue. You’ll be able to view budgets and plans from real projects, gather ideas, and fill out our Goals and Ideas questionnaire. The questionnaire helps you get a clear picture of what you want and gets it all down on paper to share with our team.
When you’re ready to talk with a design professional, we’ll use your Goals and Ideas questionnaire to choose the best person for the job. We’ll match you with someone with the experience and skills to bring your vision to life.
Sign up for a Design Session, and for a flat fee of $300, we will come to your home to discuss your vision, share ideas, and review permit rules.
- Review your Goals and Ideas questionnaire before they meet with you.
- Discuss your goals and their design ideas with you. These are preliminary. You won’t get a finished design, but you will get some great ideas.
- Tell you about the permits you will need.
- After the meeting they will go back to their desk and write up a detailed Design Proposal. You will get a detailed Design Proposal that lists 25-30 detailed steps and includes everything you need to know about the design process and permitting.
Once you accept the design proposal, design work can begin. Architecture and design work is billed hourly. Your design professional will complete all the necessary construction documents and obtain the required permits, setting the stage for the next phase: construction. (Many of our clients have said that our help in permitting was key in getting their project done—the process is a major challenge for homeowners who try to navigate it on their own.)
A few tips based on our extensive experience:
Save time by planning ahead. Design, soils engineering (if needed), structural engineering, a survey, permits, site work, tree removal, drainage and utility upgrades are the typical hidden costs and delays that may surprise you and make your project take twice as long as it has to. We’ve studied other
projects and found that projects that are not well-planned take twice as long! Your design professional will make sure you’re informed so you can fast-track your project.
that’s designed just for you.
Next, choose a contractor.
You’ll receive construction bids based on the materials and labor rates at the time of bidding. Costs can range from $200 per square foot to over $1,000 per square foot depending on your particular needs and wants. You can keep track of all your bids on your New Avenue project page.
Once you’ve decided on a contractor, you’ll use New Avenue’s contract to secure their services. New Avenue uses a fixed-price contract that ensures that you pay only for completed, quality work.
From the moment you break ground to the day you move in, you have absolute oversight over your project through New Avenue’s system. You can keep track of every step of the construction phase on your New Avenue project page, and you’ll be able to use our system to communicate with your contractor. You’ll receive invoices as work is completed, and you’ll be able to approve payments through New Avenue (see How to pay your architect or contractor without the usual risk or headaches).
Keep it simple: Pay as the work is completed and approve changes in writing. New Avenue is the only app built by a homeowner for homeowners. It is also the only app built to be completely fair to everyone—the owner, the designer, and the contractor. Everyone needs a level playing field to play their best. And in architecture and construction, no one can afford a weak link in the owner– architect–builder relationship.
We simplify proposals, bids, and payments in one simple online form. With our system you will know what you signed up for and what is done, and you’ll pay once a month as the work is completed.
Enjoy your beautiful home.
Once construction and inspections are complete, you’ll be ready to move in. You may want to host an open house to show your friends, family, and neighbors what you’ve been working on. Then it’s time to enjoy. Take on renters, bring your parents or kids to live with you, or use the space yourself. The process isn’t easy—construction is never easy—but it’s worth it.
Ready to get started?
New Avenue’s system streamlines everything, and our team of professionals ensures that your project runs smoothly. Sign up today to view actual project timelines, plans, and budgets and to get started on your Goals and Ideas questionnaire.