Here are some helpful hints to help
you realize a quality and hassle-free project:
- Thoroughly check out anyone who will
be contracting on your project. Ask for references, licenses,
proof of insurance, and Workers' Compensation Insurance certificates.
- In most cases, we recommend getting
a survey of your property before work begins.
- When dealing with land, get a soils
report--this will ensure the correct design of the foundation.
- Always use the final, detailed, structurally
engineered bluepeints for every contractor's bid. These plans
need to include:
- Site plans to show where the house will sit on the property,
including set-back requirements
- General notes
- Floor plans with details notes for each floor
- Room finish schedule with detailed finish notes for each
room or area
- Window and door schedule with detailed notes (style, hardware
manufacturer, glazing, swing, etc.)
- Elevations with detailed notes, such as type of siding and
- Building cross sections and notes addressing roof system,
type of plywood, insulation, stairs, and other important details
- Electrical and plumbing plans with detailed notes (type of
fixtures, outlet and switches, placement)
- Foundation structure and details that include type and amount
of rebar, pad size and placement
- Structural framing plans for each floor, roof and deck, with
detailed notes showing type and size of structural elements
- All structural drawings needs to be stamped by a certified
- Remember: Details and specs in the
prints and contract are of the utmost importance to give you
the finished product that you desire, and to ensure a fair and
- A square-foot price should include
fixtures, cabinets, roofing material, and many other varying
factors. Understand that the price itself can fluctuate substantially
based on the details you want to include.
- When you are calculating a square
foot cost, remember to include the garage and any decks.
Please see Links
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design and blueprints, financing, and other services.
- Most of all, make sure you get what
you want out of the project. Be sure to explore all your options
so that you can truly be happy with the final outcome.