Customers often think that estimates and plans can be done on the spot. I could do that if I chose to do a poor job. However, offering someone a quality plan and an accurate estimate takes additional time and work.
I often start with photos of the site, and a rough diagram that includes measured dimensions. The next step happens between my ears, as I try to combine attractive design with practical design.
Then it is time for some “homework.” Using several computers I plot out my design using CAD software. Then onto other software to create an actual quote.
Some estimates are simple and can be done in a half hour. More complicated estimates, like a kitchen or bath, can take 4 to 7 hours. I want to give my customer the best possible outcome. Good outcomes not only come from good work but also from good planning.