PlanSmart

PlanSmart is an open, collaborative process and platform where designers, engineers, trades, and suppliers are all engaged in matching the work done in the assessment phase against a financial structure for the project.

PlanSmart is an open, collaborative process and platform where designers, engineers, trades, and suppliers are all engaged in matching the work done in the assessment phase against a financial structure for the project. In this phase the main goal is to make sure every component of the project is organized, with all of the details ironed out before the build. This helps keep up momentum during the build and minimises the chances of delays or unwelcomed surprizes.

Investing in a significant build or renovation can be nerve-wracking, especially if it’s your first time. With Walden’s PlanSmart system you’ll have the peace of mind to know things are on schedule, on budget and on strategy to deliver what matters to YOU. Our experts and project management team are with you every step of the way, so you steer the ship while we manage risk and absolutely everything else for you.

1. Overview

The PlanSmart Process

Walden’s PlanSmart process involves taking the insights from your assessment and using them to refine line item costing, put in place a financial structure, and then approach design. We also begin working with architects and designers at this point in order to secure engineering approvals that are needed to begin the build phase.

2. Value Engineering

Feature selection – the Smart way!

In renovations and custom builds, value engineering has always meant one thing: an approach to help you save money without compromising quality or the integrity of your vision. This process helps homeowners to fall in love with the specific features that are feasible within their budget – and not the ones that aren’t. It also empowers them to re-allocate funds from different areas of the plan to afford a few “must haves” that may be a little outside of their baseline cost structure for that section of the build. This type of planning and costing happens for every component of the build, at every decision point within the job, so that everything aligns and the budget stays balanced.

3. Smarter Bidding

Get impressive savings when experts do your bidding

The PlanSmart system allows Walden to go and bid work on behalf of homeowners for staples like windows and doors, floors and more to get the most competitive pricing from different suppliers and vendors. Walden negotiates on your behalf, especially in instances where a supplier is providing multiple items required for your build and there is an opportunity to get a better deal based on bundling.

4. Clear Communication

PlanSmart tools help us work collaboratively

The PlanSmart system allows our teams to work more collaboratively and get more done. The software that we use allows us to organize and prioritize each aspect of the builds we are planning in great detail. Our teams can access them from anywhere on any device to allow for real- time updates and communication. The result is an increase in efficiency and transparency due to aligned variables and a clear path to achieve mutual goals. At Walden, we work with many teams of specialized experts. Our PlanSmart system allows us to streamline our process making easy for trades and other contractors to work with us.

5. Full Transparency

Watch your entire project take shape!

We allow our customers to have complete transparency over the whole process, get the right information at a glance, dive into the details and comments of our teams, add to them, and stay up to date about the project roadmap. Being this in-sync with the planning process helps homeowners get the home features they want while maintaining peace of mind about planning and progress.