Our Approach

Our Approach

Vander Meulen Builders’ approach to every project is characterized by a collaborative working relationship, personalized service, and owner involvement. Throughout every project, clients be assured that we will partner with you and your architect to ensure the best possible project at the best possible cost.

PLANNING AND PRE-CONSTRUCTION

In our experience, custom residential projects are most successful when we establish a team consisting of the architect, the owner or the owner’s representative, the general contractor, and other resources as required for the particular project. During the planning and pre-construction phase, the team will meet as necessary to move the project forward. As the general contractor, we will ensure that decisions made are recorded and implemented and that all interested parties are kept up-to-date on the project. One of the first steps for the team is to establish a preliminary budget for each component of the project, which can be refined as the project is detailed.
Our experience has shown that engaging local building inspectors early in the process often helps to ensure a smoother permit process, as the building inspector will have the opportunity to raise concerns before plans are finalized. In our experience, this gives the inspectors time to buy-in to the project and creates a more positive working arrangement. The general contractor will establish this relationship and work to maintain a positive working relationship throughout the entire building process.
In addition, some residential projects involve sensitive issues such as compliance with environmental regulations, relationships with neighbors or neighborhood associations, zoning regulations or variances, or use of new or unusual materials. Vander Meulen Builders has a long history of helping owners and architects work through these issues in a professional and timely manner.
Once preliminary budgets have been determined, a master budget will be prepared and monitored throughout the project. Because custom projects often involve changes in the scope of work, this budget will be regularly updated as the project progresses.

SCHEDULING

Vander Meulen Builders will establish a project schedule during the planning and pre-construction phase. This schedule will be updated as necessary and forwarded to the appropriate parties. Regular progress meetings will be held throughout the construction process.

CONSTRUCTION

Vander Meulen Builders will supervise all work at the project site. Vander Meulen Builders’ carpenters will complete all carpentry work, with an emphasis on the details required for a quality project. A Vander Meulen Builders crew leader will be responsible for day-to-day field supervision, with project management oversight provided by Jack, Jim or Aaron Vander Meulen on a continual basis.

PROJECT CLOSE-OUT

At the end of the project, Vander Meulen Builders will confirm that all aspects of the project are built according to project specifications. In collaboration with the owner and architect, Vander Meulen Builders will create a punch list and coordinate the completion of any open items.
Vander Meulen Builders will provide the owner with guarantees, warranties, operation manuals, and as-built drawings for the completed project.


Hours

Monday7:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday7:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday7:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday7:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday7:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday8:00AM - 12:00PM
Sunday -