We are proud to introduce Jason Meulman, who recently joined our team as a project estimator. Jason brings a meticulous and detailed mindset to our remodeling team, making him a great fit as a project estimator. We hope you enjoy learning more about him in this interview.
What drew you to the remodeling industry and to the position of an estimator?
Some time ago I earned a degree in construction management from Chico State, and I’ve simply been waiting for the right time and opportunity to get back into the field. Talmadge was the perfect opportunity, since they’re a local, high-end home remodeler with a successful track record of excellence. When this opportunity presented itself, I jumped on it. The style and culture at the Talmadge office is fantastic with clear communication and collaboration at all levels. I feel I’m part of a family now that has sustainability and continues to lead the industry in high-end home remodels.
How does the estimation process help the client in a home remodel?
In the case of Talmadge, since we’re designing what we’re going to build, the estimation process helps the client define their scope clearly. The client will know exactly what they’re getting for the agreed price proposed.
Explain the job and process of an estimator.
Being a Design-Build firm changes some aspects of how we estimate here at Talmadge. At the initial consultation, I’m included so I can hear the goals of the homeowner at the outset of a potential project. I’m with our designer and/or architect at the time, so I hear what my other team members offer as suggestions. Although we do talk a bit about budget at the initial consultation, nothing is etched in stone at this point. If we agree to move forward, a preliminary design agreement moves into place. At this point, preliminary plans are drafted and we develop a preliminary budget range within the discussed scope if possible. This information will go back to the homeowner for their review, and they will have the opportunity to make change options to match budgetary or design concerns. Once we’re all on the same page, we determine a final contract price. We then produce a contract, present it to the client and if we’re in agreement… schedule the job for production.
What are your favorite types of projects to work on?
My favorite projects involve new building technologies and trends. With material advancements growing all the time, I make sure to stay on the forefront and offer suggestions to the design team. Our design team is awesome and often are showing me new concepts to solve homeowner concerns. I really love seeing the before and after and how a great design, and solid build team can make such a big difference with a family’s comfort and lifestyle.
How does your participation make Talmadge a better company and a better place to work?
My participation makes Talmadge a better company on a couple fronts. It allows our owner, Jeff Talmadge, and our production manager, John V. Anderson, to be in the field more. Lifting the responsibility from them allows them to keep moving outside the office while work is getting done back in the office. It’s a tedious and detailed job, so it’s important the time is taken to be accurate and thorough.