Nothing Says Fun Like Building Permits! Do you even need one? Unless you are building a fence, changing out your front door, or painting your house, you will need one of these two types of permits. However, I wouldn’t let the possibility of needing a full building permit deter you from doing the remodel that you want.
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Your architectural drawings are your contract with your contractor. They are actually appropriately called Contract Documents. It is SO very important that you are able to read your drawings, but it isn’t easy to do! As a result, many home owners progress into the middle of their construction projects without fully understanding these important pieces of paper. Check these links out for more info! Read More
Seriously, how do you know how much of what type of space you need if you have rooms and rooms full of crap that you don’t even like? Before I remodeled my home, I went through every single item and got rid of enough useless stuff to make the VIP list at my local Goodwill Store. You should too. Read More
Phasing is a lot like a puzzle with the exception that there is more than one way to put the pieces together. I know what you are thinking.... great... tell me something I don't know! Here's how to do it successfully so you can break up what would normally be an unattainable goal into smaller manageable pieces. Read More
If you and your partner the type of people that work well together, or even don’t work well together but expect that you both will be participating in the decision making process during your construction project, then there are a few things you need to think about so you can get through the process and not kill each other.
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You must plan for the unknown as inevitably there are surprises in every construction project. One of the few things all home owners commiserate about, regardless of whether they have been through a construction project or not, is the idea that projects always go over budget. Want to avoid this? Pick one: Higher contingency or higher architectural fees.
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Sometimes strange and unexpected things can create an amazingly unique architectural feature for you to enjoy every single day! There is nothing more gratifying than listening to your gut about something that inspires you and doing something about it. Even if it might seem a bit strange at first, think outside the box and go for it! Read More
It has become the social norm to poo-poo images of beautiful, skinny, perfect looking women in magazines and belabor the point that the photos are ‘Photo-shopped’ and manipulated to look amazingly perfect. Why is it then that so many people see images of perfect Living Rooms overflowing with cookie cutter pillows that match the vases, which match the rug, that match the light fixture, and believe THAT is supposed to be the perfection to strive for? Read More
- · How do I pick my architect?
- · Do I need an architect?
- · How do I pick my contractor?
- · Does this wall need to move?
- · CAN it move?
- · Do I need an engineer for that?
- · Is the engineer supposed make that determination before I have an architect out?
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You don’t know what a soffit is? You aren’t expected to have all of the answers or know the ‘lingo’ before you start your project, but you have to become familiar with it as your project progresses. Like anything, the more knowledgeable you are, the more successful your project will be.
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Put your priorities together in order of importance, and don’t add unnecessary items to your scope just because you think that is the only way to make something work. Let US figure out how to cost effectively make your priorities work. Read More
Be aware that there is a difference between asking an architect to draw as much of your wish list that will fit within a given budget and drawing a wish list to see what the budget will be. Read More
I’m sure that you have heard horror stories about projects going over budget and have friends whispering in your ear about not telling the architect what your ACTUAL financial cap is, but let me explain why that doesn’t benefit you. Read More
Living at home during a home improvement? Think about the following things and talk to your contractor before making any decisions:
- It could cost more
- Is it safe?
- It can be emotionally taxing
- Set ground rules
- Setting up a pseudo living space
Create something unique that gives you joy! Even the smallest of details can end up being that one satisfying element which is your daily reminder that you nailed it! Read More