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We are certified, licensed, insured designers and building contractors
We design and build your project
Our collaboration is intense
Our promises are kept
Our pricing is fair and competitive
We have been in business since 1999
We have many references you can contact
Our reputation is impeccable
We screen and qualify all of our sub-contractors
We provide a written project specific legal contract
We provide a construction schedule
We provide a payment schedule for each milestone
We offer a 1 year warranty
We put everything in writing
We have a thorough written change order process
We start and complete your job on time
We get all the proper inspections
We stay on schedule
We stay on budget

After we discuss the scope of work for your project, you will need to set your time schedule for the job. We will need to know who the primary decision maker is for the job, and what your budget range is.

Once we have that information we will prepare a design agreement for your approval to begin the preliminary design plans and
material selections for the job.After the design is complete and the final budget is agreed upon, we provide a lump sum firm fixed price quotation for the construction. We then prepare the
construction documents, write the material specifications and get everything
ready to go to the building department for a permit to build the job.

Everything that we do is planned to eliminate any time being wasted. We do not email, snail mail, or give verbal telephone quotes, or any other information until we have a working agreement with our customers.

We are your designer and builder, start to finish
We are on time for every appointment
We return your phone calls the same day or by 9 AM the next morning
We provide fair and competitive pricing
We offer a 1 year warranty
We have all the required licenses, and insurance requirements
We start and complete your job on time, stay on schedule,
and get the required inspections
We only hire the best experienced specialty contractors in the area
to work on your project, who are licensed and fully insured,
who stand behind their work

Without the services of a professional designer, your addition could look like an afterthought or an obvious add-on feature. We are skilled designers that can create the space you want and blend it into the existing structure so that it looks like it was always there.

It’s part of our standard process to always check with the local government and HOA’s to research zoning restrictions. In some areas, you may not be able to build within a certain number of feet of the front, sides or rear of the property lines. Other areas have rules about how much space on your property can be covered with buildings, how close you can get to protected spaces such as wetlands, septic systems or how high you can build up.

Remodeling job costs are driven by two factors

1. The design of the project
2. The customers material selections

Once a budget is established, materials are selected and a design plan has been developed, we then determine the actual cost of the job by expertly estimating the job from the design. There is no other way around this process. It’s the only way to be certain a project will come out of the ground and be built on time and on budget.

Our pricing includes:

All cost for general conditions
All cost for labor
All cost for materials
All cost for subcontractors
Fair overhead and profit for the risk taken

Contact us today to schedule a free appointment to discuss
your new project in detail.

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NOTICE! A Tennessee contractor's license is required BEFORE bidding or offering a price, for projects $25,000 and up (includes materials and labor), as a prime (general) contractor; and also subcontractors performing electrical, mechanical, plumbing, HVAC, roofing and masonry are also required to be licensed as a contractor, when the total portion on the project is $25,000 or more; masonry, when $100,000 or more. 

In addition, a sub to a sub would need to be licensed whenever there are more than one (1) subcontractors on the project. 
Reciprocal agreements do NOT allow using another state's license in Tennessee, but provides a trade exam waiver, only.  License issuance takes 4 to 6 weeks and must be approved by the Board during regularly scheduled meetings (see Public Meeting Information for meeting dates).

A Contractor's license is required prior to contracting (bidding, offering to engage, or negotiating a price) for projects 
$25,000 or more, when acting as one of the following:

  • Prime (General) Contractor - Bidding or contracting directly with the “owner” of the project;
  • Subcontractor – Contracting directly with any contractor (not to the owner) to perform projects when the total cost of that portion on the project is *$25,000 or more, for the following (includes all materials, equipment, and labor):
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, HVAC, and **Roofing; and
    • Masonry when *$100,000 and up
  • Construction Management – When the value of the total project is $25,000 or more.

*Masonry subcontractors must be licensed as a contractor when the project is $100,000 or more.
**Roofing subcontractors must be licensed as a contractor, effective January 1, 2014, in addition to performing work currently as a prime, for projects $25,000 or more.
The definition of contractor is found in the statute at  T.C.A. § 62-6-102 and covers a very broad area, which includes construction, installation, movement, repair, etc.
All contractors licenses are assigned a monetary limit and also a classification, such as: Building (Residential, Commercial and Industrial); Electrical; Mechanical (Plumbing and HVAC); Heavy Construction; Highway, Railroad & Airport; Masonry; Municipal Utility; Environmental; and Specialties (landscaping, excavation, roofing, cell towers, solar panels, audio visual, etc.,). Contractor's must bid/contract in the exact name as licensed. See more information below in the "Summary of Contractor License Requirements".  See the Law and Rules for legislative updates.

"JDR Design & Construction Inc. produced designs for two residences. They did an outstanding job on both designs and provided detailed advice to make the entire project better. Jim is easy to communicate with and is extremely diligent in getting the details correct. I would highly recommend his design and construction services to anyone, they will be very satisfied." 
- Bernard Z, Homeowner

"JDR Design & Construction Inc. designed and built a master suite and gazebo addition to my personal home. Jim listen to our ideas and fine tuned them with a beautiful plan. My outdoor kitchen and bar area is the talk of the neighborhood.
"- Pete K, Homeowner

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