Things to Consider

Whether you are planning on building a new home, renovating portions of your current residence, or expanding with additional space, the success of your project will rely heavily on the amount of preparation invested up front. An honest assessment and discussion of the expectations early on will help to minimize disappointments as the project moves along. Establishing clear expectations and a solidly defined scope of work will serve all involved throughout the project.

    It is important to fully understand what is required to undertake a project. There are many things to consider:

  • Does the project fit the neighborhood?
  • Does it fit the lot?
  • Is the budget realistic?
  • Is the project feasible?
  • What are the ultimate goals and objectives?
  • Could there be fallback goals and objectives?
  • Can you prioritize the want list?
  • Is this house your final home or an intermediate step?
  • Do you have the time (and patience) to invest?
  • Are you prepared to make the commitment?
  • These are just a few of the questions that you will need to consider.

Once you've determined your goals and objectives, the next step in a successful project is the generation of good quality, detailed construction drawings. The more answers that are provided in the drawings, the fewer questions will need to be answered on-the-fly during construction - thus improving the overall construction experience. The Proper APPROACH lays the groundwork for a successful construction project.

Understanding Construction Costs

Before getting too far along in planning your project, you may want to consider interviewing suitable contractors to find out about costs, schedules, quality, and personalities. A construction project requires a long relationship between client and contractor. You want to be assured that you are well suited for each other - both in personality and expectation of quality.

Don't be surprised to find great variations in the costs between different contractors as there are many different levels of construction. I'd also caution against relying too heavily on anecdotal evidence from friends or neighbors regarding cost. Your tastes and expectations will likely be different than others. It's best to understand these things early on.

Getting Started

To make sure that all of your project requirements are addressed, we will complete a Scope Of Work Agreement. This is a formal agreement that defines the responsibilities of both designer and client. It also details the type of construction, a brief description of the project parameters, the fee or hourly rate for services, and the amount of the deposit to begin work. Once this has been reviewed and signed, and the deposit received, design on your project can begin.

Don's Rule of thumb for construction Planning

Take the total weight of your project, divide it by your age, and then multiply it by your number of children. That will come close to giving you and idea of the number of questions that will need to be answered during construction. Be patient, it'll still be worth it though...