DESIGN-BUILD

Located in Culver City, CA

LETTER FOUR, INC. is a full service architectural design and construction firm offering Design-Build services in the greater Los Angeles area. We offer the seamless integration of in-house licensed architectural and general contracting services that is specifically tailored to the diverse goals of our clients. Our team is committed to creating inspired, original work that creatively addresses any given project needs and challenges.

Design-Build = One Stop Shop!

This is our bread and butter! Unlike many Design-Build firms, Lauren and Jeremy are 50/50 owners in our company. They love what they do and partner on all the design and construction aspects of every Design-Build project we take on. Their partnership ensures a streamlined process that focuses on project buildability. In signing on for Design-Build services with us, we will work together to identify project goals, constraints, and obstacles. Our process will reduce errors, prevent delays and cost overruns, and insure a seamless handoff from design to construction. We tirelessly work to ensure that what you have worked to design with us, actually gets built. Our proven process works.

Design-Build vs. Design-Bid-Build

With the Design-Build model our construction team begins project budgeting as soon as the project starts. Before we develop the initial sketches we review project scope as a team to ensure that we are not presenting options that do not work for a client’s budget. On the contrary, with the Design-Bid-Build model the architect is typically not reviewing the budget and scope with a contractor until the design is complete, with permits in-hand or close to it. This means that often the construction cost comes in significantly over budget and may require a major redesign (value engineering) if the client is unable to find additional funding. This will cause the architect to have to redesign and charge you for the changes. It also means that details that you and your architect have spent so much time to create can be cut to save costs. We work hard to avoid this at every phase of your project’s development!

Architecture = Design

We take time to listen to our clients’ specific needs and preferences for the design of their space. Our team creates inspired, original work that creatively meets project goals and requirements, including design specifications, budgets, and schedules. We provide you with buildable solutions for functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces. As we work through your design we are in constant contact with our construction team to make sure what we are presenting is achievable. We create detailed project documentation, keep lines of communication open, and make site visits with our construction staff to ensure what we designed is what actually gets built!

Construction = Build

The Letter Four construction team provides proactive involvement throughout the architectural phases of your project to make sure that our design can be executed flawlessly. We provide transparent pricing through every project phase to ensure that your project is designed to work with your budget and that it remains on budget through completion. We do this by following our standard process (developed over the last 10+ years) which includes having our construction team work closely with our architecture staff to prepare and update project budgets at multiple points during the design process. Once we begin to build your project you can expect weekly check-ins, daily management of the jobsite, and constant communication to keep you up to date on schedule and costs. We have built great, long term relationships with our sub-contractors. They play well together and will get the job built to the level of quality we require, without cutting corners. With our Design-Build service, we are able to save our clients money on architectural construction administration costs because our construction team has had their eyes on the design through its development and have thought through the details and costs. We have been doing this for a long time and our lines of communication across each side of the business ensure efficient daily communication, saving you and us, time and money!

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What can we build for you?

We work hand-in-hand with our clients to ensure that the end product, whether it be their dream home, multi-family investment property, retail environment, restaurant, office, or gym always speaks to the end user. Our mission is to design and build great spaces with great people. Please fill out the questionnaire on our contact page if you’d like to schedule a free consultation!

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