Our Design-Build Process

Making your home comfortable, accessible, and beautiful. While you live your life.

What happens to your home during the remodeling process is what separates Sylvestre from other contractors.

As your remodeling team, we’re committed to reducing disruption to your schedule and life while we’re working in your home.

We treat your belongings, loved ones, and pets as if they were our own.

The Sylvestre Difference

Process 360

Initial phone call

We gather basic information about you and your project, then encourage you to review our website. Our designer returns your call and continues the discussion of project details. We then set up a meeting at your home to view the project site and discuss ideas for the project.

Design retainer, schematic design meeting

If we decide to work together, we will write a design contract describing the scope of your project. Initial design costs are based on an hourly fee, with a minimum design fee.  A few weeks after the initial meeting, we create and present schematic designs that incorporate the initial project scope. Design options are discussed and the project scope is further refined.


Design and cost estimating

The schematic design is revised per our discussion at the schematic design meeting, then we review it with you. Modifications are made until a custom plan that meets your needs and budget is created.

Subcontractor walk-through, presentation of final costs

Subcontractors who will work on your project (electricians, plumbers, drywall installers) walk through the project site to create an accurate estimate of the cost to do their work. We present to you the final design, along with costs.

Your decision

To Remodel or Not to Remodel? After our presentation of the final cost and design, you’ll decide whether or not to proceed with construction of the project. If your decision is no, the design charges and retainer fee are collected, and you may keep the schematic designs. If your decision is yes, we’ll proceed with the next step.


If we decide to work together, we will write a design contract describing the scope of your project.

Start of construction

The final contract and working drawings are passed to our Production Manager who assigns a Lead Carpenter to the project.


Setting up a temporary kitchen for our clients is essential for its sanity-saving convenience and for fewer pizza nights.

Build phase

Our carpenters and production staff work together to turn your dream project into reality.

Final walk-through

We itemize a punch-list and note any final details that need to be addressed.