When it comes to home construction or renovation, one of the most daunting tasks for homeowners is selecting plumbing fixtures. With a plethora of choices, varying price points, and the need to consider what works best in your specific environment, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. However, there’s good news!

At Talmadge Construction, we understand these challenges, and that’s why we’re here to guide you through the entire process, hand in hand. And that’s not all; we’ve teamed up with our valued vendor partner, Plumbed Elegance, to offer you a curated and expert-driven experience that ensures you make the right choices for your project.

The Talmadge Construction design build method gets our clients off to a GREAT START!

Team working with Home Design

Design Process Expertise: The journey begins when you decide to work with Talmadge Construction. With countless choices—from technology options like the Neorest bidet toilet from Toto to stylish options like Graff, Watermark Designs, The Galley, and Rohl Fireclay workstation sinks, or trusted brands such as Newport Brass and California Faucets—it can be overwhelming. But we are committed to the design process and are with you every step of the way.

Our team’s experience in the coastal community allows us to provide valuable insights into what products perform best in your unique environment.

Hand-Holding Through the Process: At Talmadge, we know that making these decisions can be challenging, especially when you’re unfamiliar with the options. That’s why we provide expert guidance throughout the selection process. We’re here to help you understand the pros and cons, price points, and which products are the best fit for your needs.

The Plumbed Elegance Experience

faucetAs part of our design process, we introduce you to Plumbed Elegance in Soquel, where you’ll find a curated experience that’s hard to come by in Santa Cruz County. Plumbed Elegance offers a carefully selected range of plumbing fixtures at their well-appointed showroom and provides superior service right in your local community. This can spare you the need to make a trip over the hill. Here’s what you can expect when you work with Plumbed Elegance:

  1. Expert Collaboration: When you choose Talmadge Construction and Plumbed Elegance, you’re not just getting a builder and a vendor; you’re gaining access to a collaborative and extended design team. Julia and John, the owners of Plumbed Elegance, bring with them decades of experience as both an employee and small business owner that’s dedicated to helping homeowners make informed choices.
  2. Education Throughout the Process: We’re passionate about empowering homeowners. Throughout the selection journey with Plumbed Elegance, you’ll gain insights into available products, so you have a clear understanding of their style, cost, and quality. Our team ensures you’re not just buying, but making informed, optimal choices. In this one-to-one approach, we ensure every purchase aligns with your vision and needs.
  3. Top-Quality Product Selection: Plumbed Elegance offers a range of products carefully curated to work seamlessly with the coastal environment. For example, many companies offer PVD finishes or solid brass or stainless components that perform well in our coastal environment. Julia and her team work closely with our architect, designer, and client to ensure your choices are not only aesthetically pleasing but also practical and durable.
  4. Narrowing Down Selections: Selecting plumbing fixtures can be overwhelming, but Julia, John, and their team excel at making it easy and enjoyable. They have a specific criteria and question-based process to help Talmadge clients come up with selections that fit their budget, style, and needs. At Talmadge our clients choose from high end finishes like Antique Gold from Samuel Heath, Brushed Onyx from Graff or more budget friendly products in Chrome or Satin Nickel from brands like Riobel from the House of Rohl, faucets and sinks from LaCava, ProChef Kitchen Sinks, and select toilets and sinks from Toto.
  5. Budget-Friendly: With Plumbed Elegance, homeowners can create a list of choices tailored to their budget and thereby ensuring no unexpected expenses. Transparent pricing and expert guidance offer a balance between cost, quality, and longevity. No more worries about spending too much. You’ll have the knowledge and assistance to make financially sound and aesthetically pleasing decisions.
  6. Efficient Ordering: Talmadge Construction ensures that the products you select are ordered well in advance of the project start date. This way, there are no delays, and your project progresses smoothly.

The Design-Build Process – Step by Step

Here’s how our standard design-build process works here at Talmadge Construction in conjunction with our valued vendor partner, Plumbed Elegance.

5-Step Design Build Process

We offer a five-phase design-build process designed to provide homeowners in Santa Cruz County with a seamless and stress-free experience.

In the first phase, homeowners meet with the design team to discuss goals and budgets. The team then creates preliminary designs and a budget estimate.

In the second phase, the design is finalized, and construction drawings are created. It’s during this phase where we also help homeowners select finishes and materials, including plumbing fittings and fixtures, with expert guidance and advice from Julia and her team at Plumbed Elegance.

architectural drawing

In the third phase, we prepare for construction by scheduling subcontractors and ordering materials. Homeowners also meet with their project manager – a single point of contact, guidance, and reassurance – to discuss the construction process.

In the fourth phase, construction takes place according to the schedule. The project manager provides regular updates on the progress.

client meeting

In the fifth and final phase, the project is complete and delighted homeowners are given a home care package. This package includes warranty information, a list of finishes and materials, and digital photos of the project.

Throughout the design-build process, Talmadge Construction and Plumbed Elegance are committed to providing homeowners with clear communication and exceptional customer service. The team is always available to answer questions and address concerns.

When you choose to work with Talmadge Construction and Plumbed Elegance, you’re not just building or renovating a home. We believe in making the plumbing fixture selection process an enjoyable and informed journey, and we’re here to ensure that your choices not only reflect your style but also stand the test of time.

So, if you’re embarking on a home project in Santa Cruz County and want the assurance of quality, style, and expert guidance, remember that with Talmadge Construction and Plumbed Elegance, you’re in capable hands from start to finish. Let’s build something beautiful together.

To arrange a free consultation with one of our friendly team, call us today at 831.689.9133. or fill out our online form.

Contributor: Julia Bettencourt at Plumbed Elegance.

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