Frequently Asked Questions
Do you perform Design work or is that separate from the work that you do?
Yes we perform design work for our remodeling projects. We do not perform design only. We want to build the job when the design is complete. With this being said our customers are not cornered into building the job once the design is complete as they do have the option to simply purchase the design set and move on. Sitka’s goal is to work with the owner to create an accurate and detailed scope of work that is represented in a drawing set, documented thru the use of a finish schedule, and a well written proposal.
How do I go about picking out the finishes for my project?
Sitka will provide you with a “Show Room Book” and a “Finish Schedule” for the project. The showroom book contains all of the vendors and suppliers that Sitka has relationships with. The show room book is organized by vendor type and gives locations along with all the pertinent contact information you will need to go out and make the most of every trip to each showroom. The finish schedule will be populated as selections are made so there is good clear communication on what products will be used where and the quantities of each.
When can you start my project?
This depends on the size and complexity of the project and its design elements. Typically we can work thru a design process in about 1-2 months. For smaller projects like bathroom remodels we can typically work through the design process much quicker. We can not start a project until all of the finish selections have been made. Product lead times are a very critical part of when a project can start. The faster the design work is complete and products are finalized and lead times are solidified, the faster a project can start.
Who will be managing my project?
Brad Bowsher will be your Project Manager with help from an Assistant Project Manager. We will have a detailed schedule prior to the work starting so you can be informed as to who will be showing up when and what activities will be performed.
Do I need to be home while the project is underway?
No you do not need to be home. We will supply a lock box so that our team can have access to the home during the remodel. However our clients input during the course of the project is needed so we ask that you not leave for an extended period of time during the course of the remodel.
What if I don’t want to supply a key and have a lock box?
Then you will need to be at home from 8am – 6pm M-F to allow access to the home or simply leave the home un-locked. Schedules and time frames are arranged by the day. We strongly encourage a lock box be placed on the home.
Are all your sub-contractors properly licensed, background checked and drug tested?
Yes, all of the sub-contractors that we work with are properly licensed, drug screened, and background checked. Most of our sub contractors have been working with Sitka for years. We are very loyal to our subs as good subs are very hard to find. Also the relationships we have developed with our sub contractor teams allow us to have competitive pricing and a streamlined process in production.
What does your team specifically perform on the project and what do you sub-contract out?
Sitka performs project management, job site set up, demolition (in some cases), carpentry work, cabinetry, and finish carpentry work. In short, we perform project management and woodworking. We make sure to have the right people performing the right task. It is critical to have licensed electricians, plumbers, and mechanical contractors perform their individual scopes of work. It is equally important to have a skilled hardwood floor contractor, drywall installer, or tile setter perform their own individual skill set.
How long have you been in Business?
Brad Bowsher started Sitka Projects in late 2007 and became licensed on March 10, 2008 and began producing construction work.
How long has Brad Bowsher been in the construction industry?
Brad Bowsher has been in the construction industry consecutively for the last 16 years. During this time he has worked for a general contractor/development company, a heavy civil firm, a survey firm, an engineering company, owned and operated a franchise company, and collected a bachelors degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University. Brad continues his education in the industry on a daily basis.
Do we need to move out of the home?
This is a case by case basis. For a major whole home remodel that affects nearly the entire home it is not a good idea to try and live in just the room not affected or the master bedroom and shower at the gym or elsewhere. It really doesn’t work out that well. For a kitchen or a bathroom remodel it is not a problem to stay living in the home. For a kitchen most of our clients set up a kitchenette in their master bedroom and do well during the remodel. Others have set themselves up in an RV or Camper in the drive way. We will do our absolute best to make sure the impact is minimal on your quality of life.