Design and Project Development Process

Design and Project Development Process

Sweeney Process Chart

Stage 1—Pre-Design

Your remodeling experience with Sweeney begins with an initial 30-minute phone call where we talk openly about your needs, challenges with your space, budgetary requirements, and hopeful timeline. If this preliminary conversation is aligned with your thoughts and direction we schedule a site visit, in your home, where we delve deeper into your needs, the existing conditions and project scope.

Upon agreement of a realistic scope of work and preliminary budget, our project developers meet with the design and estimating teams to develop a design agreement (architectural and interior design documents & selections) and Comparative Remodeling Analysis (CRA) that provides you with the assurance of a realistic breakdown of budgetary items that will go into your remodel based on our company’s historical data.

Sweeney Pre Design Phase

Stage 2—Design Development

Upon signing the design agreements, you will be guided through the design process— where the fun begins. Starting with on-site field research of your home’s existing condition, and receiving your completed survey responses, we take photographs and measurements of the space. We also begin developing your architectural drawings and start the selections process.

As part of the design phase, you work closely with our design team and are guided through a selection process to identify finishes that fit your functional needs, design style and budget.

After the architectural drawings and all selections and products are selected, we schedule a subcontractor/vendor walk through of your home. Unique to Sweeney, this allows you the assurance of a working with a deep team of specialists who offer their expertise on your project right from the beginning—collaborating on issues and providing creative input on your project so as to prevent future surprises, unexpected delays and budget overruns.

Stage 3—Project Development

Our estimating team assembles all subcontractor/vender labor and materials, along with Sweeney labor and management, into a contract. This contract is based on your project’s architectural drawings and product selections.

Upon approval of your detailed plans and specifications, Sweeney starts the permitting process, orders the products and materials, and develops a project timeline or schedule. During this time, we will set up a pre-construction walkthrough meeting with you, our field project manager, and the lead carpenter who is assigned to your project.

Stage 4—Construction

Work begins on your home remodeling project. Our project coordinator and lead carpenter assigned to your project work collaboratively with the subcontractors and venders to ensure no detail is overlooked and your project begins and ends on schedule.

And, your project doesn’t end there. We take pride in our workmanship and are committed to delivering the best possible remodeling experience possible, standing by our product and backing our work with an extended two-year warranty.

Ready to discuss your home remodeling ideas with the design and construction experts at Sweeney?


1008 Fish Hatchery Road
Madison WI, 53715

Phone: 608.257.3034