Establishing a valid Construction Budget

Establishing a valid Construction Budget

One of the immediate rewards from taking the time to establish a valid Construction Budget is that when you go to choosing a contractor you will not be trying to find a contractor who is willing to do more work than they should for the amount you wish to pay.   We...
The final segment is review which also includes the time to obtain any required clearances.

The final segment is review which also includes the time to obtain any required clearances.

Usually, the first stage is when the community department reviews your plans.  Within this review, not only are the plans checked for compliance with building codes but the clearances required before a plan can be issued are also identified. This first stage can often...
As it is typical for the special services required for some plans to be carried out by others than your plan developer.

As it is typical for the special services required for some plans to be carried out by others than your plan developer.

Estimating the length of time for this segment can be difficult.  However, we recommend at a minimum asking your plan developer to provide an estimate of the length of time for this additional work to be completed based on their experience.  A competent plan developer...
A final point to investigate is the length of time that will be required for the plans to be completed and a permit issued.

A final point to investigate is the length of time that will be required for the plans to be completed and a permit issued.

This time is typically divided into three segments.  The first is the length of time to develop the plans to your satisfaction.  The second is the length of time to complete all special services and the last segment is the length of time for the community organization...
Generally, architects cost more, sometimes as much as 15% of the cost of the entire project.

Generally, architects cost more, sometimes as much as 15% of the cost of the entire project.

Designers and contractors typically cost less.  The cost to develop plans also depends on the detail level provided in the plans.  While we recommend the minimal detail necessary to obtain a permit, some clients want cabinet configurations, tile layout and many...
Gaining an understanding of how much developing plans should cost can be difficult.

Gaining an understanding of how much developing plans should cost can be difficult.

Based on the issues we have already raised, it is important to fully understand what a bid from a plan developer includes.  Costs will vary by geographic region but also by specific community as some communities are easy to work with and others very difficult.  We...

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