Geneva IL Design-Build Contractor

Geneva IL Design-Build Contractor to Guide Your Butterfly

Let’s be honest. Design-to-construction is a real fear for homeowners. You’ve spent months, if not years, coming up with a list of features that you need or want in your new home or remodel. So, you’re at the point where all of your ducks are in a row and you now want to move forward. Where do you start? I’m a Geneva IL design-build contractor who understands more than anyone what that situation is like for you.

Geneva IL Design-Build Contractor

As seen on Traveler photo by oatesyUK: “Butterfly” May 2013

My friend and colleague, Dan Marshall, principal of Marshall Architects, says it well. This is a very vulnerable time … not unlike the delicate process of a caterpillar converting to a butterfly. So the question today is: “Who’s protecting YOUR butterfly as it develops?”

In my business, a predictable outcome is colossally important. So how do you achieve a predictable outcome, in addition to everything else that’s critical with remodeling or home building? I would suggest looking at a design-build firm from the start, preferably a model like ours where we are able to work with independent architects and designers throughout the Chicagoland area based on your project needs and architectural style.

Geneva IL Design-Build Contractor

Design-build simply means that a homeowner would come to us with ideas of what they want and we help them put the entire project together. We start by evaluating all needs, then develop the design, and begin construction. To accomplish this, we assemble a team that would include an architect and designer(s). The major benefit is that we are the single source of accountability all the way through. This streamlines the entire process. You can also expect to pay less with design-build (up to 10 percent less, which translates into thousands of dollars for large-scale projects), in addition to starting your project sooner and completing it on schedule.

Geneva IL Design-Build Contractor

I always make it crystal clear who is responsible for what at the beginning of any project. Together with the architect and designer(s), we agree beforehand who will take the lead role when there is overlap. With design-build, you also have a central hub where all activity must flow through. I can’t adequately express how important this is to everyone involved!

In my business, I am completely transparent so my clients are in the best position possible to understand and control costs. I also use a state-of-the-art Web-based communications system. This online customer portal is accessible to my clients and all team members 24/7. All project details are located in this one place, including the schedule, selections, budget, conversation log, floor plans/photos/files, warranty list and more. This is a refreshing tool for you; you’ll like using it.

Geneva IL Design-Build Contractor

With the right design/build team, your butterfly will safely reach its full potential without delay. Call me if you want to hear more benefits about working with us.

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Changing the product key for Microsoft Office applications without reinstalling

The notebook PC that I use for work has Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 installed. Office Enterprise includes most of the applications that I need but not Visio, so I also have Microsoft Office Visio 2007.

The 2007 office products can be used a certain number of times before activation is required and, unfortunately, when I tried to activate my copy of Visio I found that the product key had been used too many times and activation failed (the Office Enterprise key was fine). After watching the number of trial uses of the product slowly decrement, I needed to change the product key, but didn’t want to have to re-install Visio.

Microsoft knowledge base article 895456 provides details for changing the product key for the 2007 Office system (as well as other releases).

It’s important to note that:

  • For a 64-bit version of Windows, the registry location to edit will be HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\version\Registration rather than HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\version\Registration.
  • If multiple Office products are installed, multiple GUIDs will appear in the registry – the important entry to look at will be the ProductName – in my case one GUID had a ProductName of Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007 and the other had a ProductName of Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007.

Once the correct GUID had been tracked down and the associated DigitalProductID and ProductID entries removed, I fired up Visio, entered a different product key and successfully activated the software.

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