Salem, NH 603.952.3192
Amherst, NH 603.769.4938
Salem, NH 603.952.3192
Amherst, NH 603.769.4938


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Over the last 10 years, the design/build concept within the remodeling industry has become very popular. To that end, many companies are attaching the words “design/build” to their name to jump on the bandwagon. Not all design/builds are created equal, however! Let us tell you about the process we have been using and refining since 1989.

At Blackdog Design/Build/Remodel, our unique design/build system targets four crucial goals for any commercial builder or homeowner:

  • Reduce risk
  • Reduce uncertainty
  • Eliminate hidden costs
  • Deliver the most value

During the remodeling process, you will work with one of Blackdog’s in-house design consultants to develop a preliminary design, scope of work, and budget. By partnering with you to develop your project design and budget, all of your build/design needs can be met upfront, with honesty and integrity.

At Blackdog, we also look ahead to help you save more with green remodeling services and home energy efficiency services in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

You will find that this is a collaborative effort that focuses on delivering the most value for your remodeling dollars. Whether you are looking for services in room additions, kitchen remodeling, or bath remodeling, our a wide range of other home services offer quality solutions to meet your needs.

Contact Blackdog Design/Build/Remodel today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Why Choose Surprise-Free Design, Build & Remodel in Amherst & Salem, NH, or MA?

If you opt not to use design/build, you will typically hire an architect or professional designer to draft the proposed project and write a detailed set of specifications. You will then need to find a list of qualified builders to bid on the work.

Architects and professional designers focus on the project design, usually without an in-depth knowledge or familiarity in the area of current remodeling construction costs – which are much different from traditional square-footage pricing for new construction. This often leads to a significant disconnect between what a client anticipates a project will cost, and what builders deliver for prices.

In this scenario, you will typically do one of three things:

  • Pay more than you expected to for the project as it is designed
  • Pay your architect or designer to re-scope and re-design the project to get the price down
  • Cancel the project altogether

Using Blackdog’s design/build process significantly reduces the probability that your final project will be over budget, by focusing on your design and budget equally. Furthermore, since one company is responsible for both the design and construction of the project, you avoid being caught in the middle when there is a question about the design that may impact the price.

At Blackdog, we strive to make sure that projects we design and price can be built successfully within the price provided. An additional benefit to you, the client, is that we fully assess your existing home to ensure that any changes or upgrades you may need as we build are included in the final scope of work. No surprises and no excuses!

Speak with our design/build contractors at Blackdog Build/Design/Remodel today to learn more about our remodeling services in Amherst, Salem, and throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Why Our Design/Build Process Works

Let’s say you want to add a family room onto your house, and you want a cathedral ceiling. The design consultant can give you an accurate idea of how much the project may cost with or without the cathedral ceiling. If it’s out of the budget, your designer can suggest an alternative that may achieve both your vision and budgetary goals. This collaborative process arrives at a scope of work you choose while fully understanding the costs involved.

Can we help you with the following design or build projects?

At Blackdog Design/Build/Remodel, our process ensures you not only get what you want, but also what you need. In the previous room addition example, we will not make any assumptions. We will audit your home and look at all the major components and mechanical systems. If your boiler will be too small to heat the existing home and the new addition, then a new upgraded boiler will be included in the scope and price. You will not find out mid-way through the work that no one considered the possibility your heating system may not be adequate.

What to Expect During a Pre-Construction Meeting

After the design phase, you will sign a construction agreement and your project will smoothly transition into our production department where we get to transform your project into reality. Before the remodeling process gets underway, you’ll attend a pre-construction meeting with your designer, project manager, and lead carpenter to discuss the nuances of the project, receive the schedule for the remodeling, and any special needs that you may have in order to ensure a semblance of normalcy during the tear-down and construction phases.

The lead carpenter assigned to your project stays with your project throughout its entirety, and will also act as your point-person. While the lead carpenter supervises the job site, the project manager supervises the project. The project manager will coordinate all the long lead-time items, as well as our pool of talented trade contractors, to ensure the right materials and people show up on time.

We’re happy to help you with quality design/build/home remodeling services in Salem, Amherst, and nearby. Call us today!