Ryan is the general contractor for TruBuild Construction. He has an eye for detail and is focused and dedicated to offering an exceptional experience for all of his clients. He is able to visualize an outcome, create a detailed plan, and deliver the desired results. He has worked in many different areas throughout his career in construction, which has given him the knowledge and skill to get a job done right the first time. He has a passion for partnering with his clients to create the home of their dreams one project at a time. When he isn't building or remodeling beautiful homes he enjoys spending time with friends and family, golfing, working out, and playing with his black lab, Raider.
Tessa is the business manager and designer for TruBuild Construction. She is also a Licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Integrity Realty (visit her website here) and her combination of knowledge and skills in real estate, design and construction make her excellent with creative solutions for her clients that improve the value and function of their homes. She understands that your home is an investment and offers exceptional service for those interested in buying, selling, remodeling, and investing in a home. When she isn't working with her clients she enjoys playing with her dogs, exploring the Twin Cities, and traveling.
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As a Design-Build firm we have the pleasure of partnering with clients to design their perfect space, then roll up our sleeves to get to work making it a reality. Once a client decides to work with us, the first step is to create a design plan. This begins by drawing up floor plans to show the new layout. With those floor plans we then do a 3D walk-through showing how the finished space will look. After finalizing the layout, clients work with Tessa to make selections that meet their design preferences and project budget.
Clients often tell us the detail we put into the design process makes them feel confident in the vision for their space, and gets them excited about starting the construction of their project.
We will have an initial meeting to discuss your project. After our meeting, our goal is to get you an accurate, inclusive estimate in a timely manner. Generally you will receive the estimate within a week. Depending on the size and complexity of the project it may sometimes take longer to complete the estimate. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have questions regarding the status of your estimate. All estimates will be sent to you via email. Please check your junk or spam email folder as it may sometimes end up there.
Our estimates contain “allowances” in many of the categories. This is because there are wide price ranges for almost every fixture and finish. Putting allowances into these categories allows you to custom-select each item within that amount. If you spend less than an allowance in the agreed-upon estimate, the unused amount will not be charged in the final invoice. For instance, if you have an allowance of $100.00 for tile but only spend $50.00 on tile materials, then $50.00 will be subtracted from the final amount you pay. The opposite if also true, if you choose to spend more than the allowance, the additional amount will be sent to you as a change order and added to the final invoice.
Contract for Services
If you select us as your general contractor a contract will be created based on the agreed-upon estimate that describes the price and payment schedule for your project. This contract will be sent to you to sign electronically via Docusign. Make sure to read the contract in its entirety and please ask any questions you may have. We will not begin work on the project until the contract is signed and we have received the initial payment per the payment schedule. Please note that a delay in signing the contract and getting it back to us may result in a delay in your project. Send it back to us quickly and we can start on your project as planned.
Prices shown in the estimate are based on what could be seen at time of our initial meeting. Any changes or additions to the scope of work after the contract is signed will be done with a “change order”. The change order will describe the change and show additional charges incurred. The cost from the change order will be added to your final invoice. In addition, part of the cost for the change order may have to be paid prior to ordering materials. We will send you all the necessary information at the time of the change order.
Billing and Invoices
Billing will be done in stages as laid out in the contract for services. Generally three payments are made for a project. An example would be: 30% paid before work is started, 30% paid after first inspection is passed, and 40% plus all change orders paid after final inspection. Payments are to be made immediately upon receipt of the invoice. Invoices are sent via email. Cash or check are accepted forms of payment.
Fixtures and Materials
We prefer to supply all fixtures and finishes used in your project. You have the power to select any items you like, but the general contractor must purchase it. This is because we have to know the quality of the item is up to our standards. If the homeowner chooses to supply their own materials or fixtures we cannot warranty them. For instance, if a client decides to buy a very cheap exterior door and within a year the door frame is warped due to weather changes and the door does not close as it should that is an issue with the material, not the installation. We would not be responsible to fix or adjust the door. We pride ourselves on allowing clients to have a completely custom home, and want to make sure you have quality materials that are going to last.
We want you to know: We are on your side. This may be your first time hiring a general contractor, and we want to be clear and open about what we can provide to you, and what we need from you, to bring your project to fruition. We want to be your partner in this project and your go-to contractor for life. The best way to have a successful relationship is to have you, our client, be clear and direct about your needs, wants, and expectations. We need our clients to trust us for us to help them move forward with their projects. Our goal is to help our clients make decisions that support their expressed goals. We want you to have the best possible finished result to create the space you desire.
TruBuild’s Expectations of Ourselves:
· We will present a thorough and realistic estimate of the project cost before a contract is signed.
· We will follow through on our agreed upon plan.
· We will treat your home or business space as if it were our own.
· We will offer suggestions as needed but always respect that you hold the final power and responsibility of decision-making.
· We will communicate about necessary changes as they arise during a project and work together with you to solve them.
TruBuild’s Expectations of Clients:
· You will be honest in your communication about your project decisions and your commitment to those decisions.
· You will trust our knowledge and experience to allow us to do the job you hired us to do.
· You will be understanding and have needed flexibility if unexpected problems arise, believing we are doing our best by you.
· You will follow through on our contracts and payment agreements.
With clear communication, good expectations from the start, and honest and direct project contracts and timelines, we can set and meet appropriate expectations on both sides and complete projects to your satisfaction. We look forward to working with you!
The project went really well! Demolition was done quickly and every effort was made to keep the mess to a minimum by tarping off the adjacent areas and cleaning and vacuuming up afterwards. All of the workers on the project were friendly, professional, and did high quality work. When problems came up during the project, Ryan addressed them right away and didn't rest until we were satisfied with the results - even if it meant calling someone back to re-do something. I was very impressed with this - and the fact that everyone involved was cheerful, courteous, and professional during the whole process! Remodeling is never easy or stress free - but working with Ryan and his various subcontractors made it as easy and painless as it could possibly be! And the results were beautiful! - Martha B.
Tessa and Ryan are personable, professional, and excellent communicators. They exceeded our expectations in every way. To say we were impressed would be and understatement. Not only do they provide excellent customer service, they also made it a fun and exciting process. The quality of work they did on our home was top of the line. The second we closed on the home they set up everything, helped us design our perfect home, gave great insight, and were always updating us on every detail of the constructions project so we did not feel out of the loop. If you want someone who cares as much for your home as you, who genuinely wants to do the best work possible, and maintains excellent and positive communication TruBuild is the perfect company for you! -Samantha W.
Ryan was outstanding, he had the old door, frame and storm door off and reinstalled new door, frame and storm, installed in 4 1/2 hrs. and did a beautiful job, we found the old hardware on the door wouldn't work with the new door, so he went to Home Depot and got a correct one and installed it.
I recommend [TruBuild] highly. - Donald S.
Ryan did a great job - very responsive, on time, and high quality work. I would definitely hire him again. -David M.
Ryan installed an entry door for us after a recent break-in. He was quick to reply, flexible, and communicative. He came out for an estimate, was respectful of our budget and security concerns, and took care of the job professionally and quickly. We will call him for future projects, and are happy to recommend him. - Amanda N.
Ryan did a great job, very professional, punctual. He paid attention to the little details. I am very satisfied with his work and would use him again if needed. - Elizabeth H.
TruBuild Construction is looking for a trustworthy, dependable, hard-working carpenter to join our team. This individual should be able to take direction and learn quickly on the job.
- At least 5 years of experience in framing/finish carpentry required
- Must have your own tools and a reliable vehicle
- Must be able to pass drug screening and background check