$200889.75. This is the total cost of D1's role in the remodeling of our north side Chicago home in 2019. In summary, what amounted to about 100 sq ft in new foundation allowed us to open up the house to make it more usable on the first floor kitchen/family area and then gave us the opportunity to extend backwards to gain a new master bedroom, closet, and master bathroom. On top of all this, they were able to split a very large bedroom into 2 smaller bedrooms, upgrade our electrical regarding service and compliance throughout the house making a former 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home into a 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home and gaining us about 350 sqft. All this was done without having to sacrifice any of our yard space, either. In detail, this was what they did provide in relative order of events: 1) A sales pitch and 3D rendering of the potential layout of our remodeled home 2) A very detailed spec sheet that outlined everything they were going to be responsible for doing down to the measurements. I'd have preferred that the spec sheet was itemized with cost, but there were a few times I did ask about actual cost for some items in order to see if I would be gaining savings or not elsewhere and they were able to oblige. This spec sheet was probably what sets them apart from other general contractors, and perhaps other firms that are in the 'design-build' part of construction. 3) Architectural drawings, the labor to go through the stringent Chicago permit process and some work to navigate through administrative adjustment/variance processes due to setback issues with our home as it stood originally. 4) Design and selection help/ consultation of not only floorplan but of things like kitchen island design, master bathroom design, etc. 5) Demo of an existing deck 6) Laying foundation where original deck was 7) Framing from new foundation to second floor master bedroom, bathroom, and closet. 8) Demo of walls that lay inside the new frame to open up first floor and second floor 9) A new roof to extend to new rear footprint of home 10) Insulation for new areas 11) Electrical upgrade from 100 amps to 200 amps with the help of ComEd 12) New electrical to new portion of home 13) Replaced electrical to existing part of the home that failed electrical inspection (read below for details). 14) Plumbing for master bathroom 15) Drywall and patching for the entire house 16) Trim and interior doors 17) 5 year warranty on the work they did 18) Upgraded HVAC venting for most of the home What was not included was: 1) Glass exterior patio door 2) Plumbing fixtures 3) Major light fixtures 4) Interior painting 5) Exterior painting 6) New hardwood floor installation in the new footprint of the home. 7) All permit fees 8) Cleaning services Those items ran a total of roughly $13,000, but that also saved us about $8000 had we used D1 to procure those items or provide those services, which they were open about regarding their cost and potential savings if we did the legwork on our end. The major surprise was the electrical inspection that failed with the existing part of the home. In short, inspection revealed that the existing house was using bendable conduit to run electricity throughout the house so the ENTIRE home, including garage had to be re-done with rigid conduit, which meant not only new electrical work but then the following new drywall work to patch up the areas that were now impacted. My only gripe here is that had we had known this would have been an issue, we could have gotten some cost-savings by addressing it all at once. We felt stuck in ways because 1) it was something that was needed to be done to pass final inspections, 2) we had the freedom to get a bid, but that would mean delaying the construction further by that time to get electricians out, assess the situation, come to an agreed-price and schedule, etc. The balance between time and money was a motivating factor to go with the existing electrician through D1 to gain the warranty on the work. They said we could go directly with the electrician and save about $2500, but then the work wouldn't be under the D1 warranty of work. We decided to go with paying D1. In the end, I think we were able to get some flexibility in price because we stretched ourselves to pay for this in cash. While their sales lead crunched some numbers and said that they were able to offer the agreed-to price due to other projects going on relatively at the same time, we took that with a grain of salt because well, the timeilne of when that/those project(s) was going to start after permitting didn't make it seem that plausible that the level of trade labor coordination could ever run that smoothly. I'll admit…I probably wasn't the best customer. I was into their details during the construction process because I just wanted to make sure that work was being done and we could get in within a reasonable time and the amount of money we were spending warranted that I get the details of who, what, when, where, and why whenever I felt a need to know. We were out of the house for 4 months from late August to early December. The final product lived up to our expectations, and only living in it, has let us realize that those expectations were exceeded on a lot of points. We were able to transform a very old Chicago home that had our accents In them into a more useable and livable home for our family of 5, and making the decision to do so now verses later on in life has given us the opportunity to enjoy this space more with only really 4 months of not living as comfortably as we would have liked as the only downside. The staff that we worked directly with were all professional and great, especially our project manager Meagan who was equal parts proxy, soundboard, and an empathetic person to our concerns and needs. She is smart, responsive, and someone who really does take the point of view of the customer when she does her work. I only have good things to say about her. Kudos also to Sam (architect), Megan (designer), Eli (superintendent) and Justin (lead PM). They all were responsive and helped keep things moving for us. In regards to the trades, their electricians were the ones that stood out the most. There were several days where they would start at 530am and then stay passed 6pm. While I say I'd love to work with them again, I hope we don’t have to, because we seemed to have done it all for now. I would wholeheartedly recommend them with this summary…they do great work and have great people, but what they can't do, and what no firms can really do, is prepare you for the ups and downs of construction drama that is really the anxiety of wanting a finished product called your home sooner and better than it was before. They can make the process as smooth as possible for you, and if you want to undertake being involved, you can be, and it may frustrate you, but if you let it all happen, it may be all more enjoyable. This was a huge learning experience for us, and gave us a better understanding of how things operate in the construction business. It also gave the knowledge to answer back with a snarkiy remark when asked 'How long will it take?' and I answer 'about 4 months' and they respond back with 'oh, you mean 6 months?' I can say, 'oh, did you also go through a major 200k renovation on your home?. Ha! Thanks D1!