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By Stephani Miller

Raleigh, N.C.-based design/build firm Tonic Design | Tonic Construction has developed a flat-fee service for its clients to help them understand the process and realities of building a home before they commit to moving forward with construction. The service, dubbed Tonic Express, helps clients determine the scope and financial feasibility of their home building project, for a fee of $3,000.

“Our goal is to get more people to use architects and not spend their cash out-of-pocket until they [secure] a loan with a bank,” says Vincent Petrarca, partner and general contractor at Tonic. “Ninety-eight percent of the public doesn’t use architects—I think it’s just because it’s so costly. What we did was streamline the process, so that people can have more options for using architects.” READ MORE…

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