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the sobo process


Initial Design ($5,000 Fee)

The Initial Design phase is how we launch our process.  Eric will be your principal designer during this phase.

  • Kick-off meeting:  The first thing we need to do is get to know each other.  We meet with you to gather your ideas, feel your pain, and discuss possibilities.  We also do a feasibility study on your project to understand zoning/building/site parameters.
  • Initial Design Presentation:  We will present 2-3 viable concepts for your home.  These plans will include new floorplans & preliminary renderings to inspire you as to what is possible. 
  • Design Feedback Meeting:  This is our first iteration of feedback with you.  We listen to your thoughts relating to our initial designs.  We will create a new project plan based on your input.
  • Scope and Budget:  The goal of this phase is to create an accurate budget.  The key to this is in creating a comprehensive scope of work.  One of the major advantages of working with a design/build company is that the design doesn't evolve without understanding the associated costs.  We rally around the design and scope of work that you approve and help drive.  As the design develops, we will invite you to join a powerful online software tool called Co-Construct.  Please check out for more insight.  We also create an Allowance List that allocates money for finishes that have yet to be chosen.

Final Design (9% of Anticipated Construction Costs).

The goal of this phase is to lock in all the details for your project. Mike will be your principal designer here.

  • We take an iterative approach to this process.  Mike will meet with you weekly for about 4 or 5 weeks.  We will play with various layouts, rooflines, and design ideas.
  • We also provide construction plans and structural engineering, and submit for the required building permits.
  • By the end of this phase we'll be ready to sign the Construction Contract.

Preproduction (Construction Deposit)

The goal of this phase is to finalize all interior finishes and prepare for construction.

  • You will work with our Interior Designer to pick finish materials such as tile, plumbing fixtures, hardware.
  • We also create detailed drawings and elevations for all bathrooms, fireplaces, kitchens, and other components with complex details.
  • Construction Deposit: 10% of baseline construction budget. This includes asbestos and lead-based paint testing, soils testing, home energy audits, surveying, engineering, city and county Plan Check Fees to review permits, and the ordering of long-lead-time items (i.e.: windows, tile, etc.).


We are a full service construction company.  We perform all phases of construction, from excavation and foundation/site work, to custom interior finishes.

  • Fixed-Price Construction Contract:  All of our projects use a fixed price framework.  We have found several major advantages to this.  1.  All of the hard decisions must be made before construction begins.  2.  It mitigates stress around money during construction.  3.  Since all the details have been decided, we can build your house faster and more efficiently.
  • Operations:  Every job is assigned to one of our 2 Project Managers.  He will set up weekly meetings with you during construction.  Mike will also join all the meetings up to drywall completion.  Eric will join the meetings from drywall to project completion.  You will be in constant contact with at least one of the principles of the company throughout the entire process.
  • SoBo’s Paperless Process: All change orders, all invoicing, and all other paperwork during construction is managed online via co-construct.  You will have access to everything.
  • Caliber of Work:  Please peruse our Idea Gallery and our Facebook page to get a better understanding of our commitment to quality.
  • Your Warranty:  We provide you with a 2-year comprehensive Warranty upon job completion
SoBo Process Flow Chart
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