How We Work

Photo: Santa Cruz Guest Home Project

We are local professionals who provide personal design and construction services. Our process is guided by transparent cost and scheduling data from decades of experience.

Our unique project management app automates the paperwork and manages content to set expectations, improve communication and drive efficiency.

Phase 1: Goals & Ideas. Start with our project questionnaire.

Take our initial questionnaire to define your vision. We ask the right questions at the very start. Clear goals from the start will improve your relationship with your designer and contractor for your entire process. Explore the type of project and take the corresponding quiz.

We are the best designer and contractor for your project.

We interviewed thousands of designers and contractors and recruited the best. Then we empowered everyone with honest information about how much your project should cost and how long it will take. Start by meeting one of our best design professionals or contractors at your home.

Our project management app automates the paperwork.

We standardize and automate all the paperwork. Every project gets a private project page to keep everything organized. Communicate with your team and easily manage design proposals, design agreements, construction bids, construction agreements, invoices, changes and payments.

Phase 2: Schematic Design & Phase 3: Design Development. Collaborate efficiently.

This is design! A blank page becomes a floor plan and elevations. That plan adds details, materials and finishes. Your design agreement lists all deliverables. Your proposal estimates the cost and hours for every step along the way. This usually takes a few months of design. Planning permits are applied for at this time. They often take 5 months for the local agency to approve.

Phase 4: Construction Documents, Engineering and Building Permits

Your designer will create 5–10 pages (or more) of design plans to submit for a building permit and to get bids from contractors. The designer will coordinate the necessary sub-consultants such as structural and geo-technical engineers. Building permits often take 5 months or more to get through the city, and there are always questions to address.

Phase 5. Get bids, break ground & safely manage payments.

We are licensed contractors and we will provide a fixed price bid. You can ask any contractor you know for a bid and enter their bid in our system as well. Bids are entered in New Avenue's standardized budget form, so you can compare them apples to apples. When you're ready, click approve and automatically hire your contractor with New Avenue's fair and balanced Construction Agreement. Once the work starts, you can leave the spreadsheets behind! We submit all proposals, bids, changes, and payment requests in one clear format online. Automated payments protect you, save you time, and keep you in control of costs. Your designer is a critical resource throughout this process. Keep them involved for a few hours a month, and you'll get a better quality home and save money too.

We are proven designers and contractors with a revolutionary design/build process.

Let's build your dream together