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Mohler + Ghillino Architects
though marketing may not strike you as valuable for your current project, if effective, it will ensure that your contractor stays in business in the long term. That means your contractor will be around to service your warranty, answer your questions and be onboard for the next project you plan. And
Marketing. Even contractors with a stellar reputation, a beautiful website and a six-month backlog need to market their business. Marketing almost always involves spending money, whether it’s on ads or sponsorships or other opportunities that get the name of a company out to potential clients. Even
And it may be how you found him or her in the first place. Now that’s money well spent.More: 10 Things to Discuss With Your Contractor Before Work Starts
Jon Luce Builder
Access and security. Talk through how the contractor should access your home and where a key will be kept; and review security codes for alarm systems. Many alarm companies will allow you to set a temporary code for your contractor to use that’s separate from yours, so that when the job is done, the
3. Access and securityTalk about how the contractor will access your home and where a key will be kept, then review security codes for alarm systems. Some alarm companies will allow you to set a temporary code for your contractor to use that’s separate from yours, so that when the job
CHRISTIAN DEAN ARCHITECTURE, LLC
Sweeney Lake House
drawings or in specifications written for the contractors working on the project. If the architect does not prepare written specifications, then you could be faced with change orders, which can slow down the process. Change orders are instructions to the contractor to make an onsite change from what’s specified
Lake Front Home, Burlington, Vermont
First steps: Your contractor will protect your windows with plywood, as concrete chunks can spray up and crack or break the glass or cause pits.Your contractor may also take some “before” photos to record the way the elevations worked for when
your patio, the contractor will start by using a concrete cutting saw to cut the concrete joints out. “If you don’t cut it, then you’re going to start jackhammering, and the rest of the patio is just going to crack,” Dennis explains. If you’re removing the entire patio, the contractor will use both the
the construction zone, ltd.
hahn egeland residence
talk with the architect and/or contractor before the project starts so you can make sure that everyone agrees on the approach to how the building will be put together. There are evolving areas of construction, especially regarding the building envelope, that contractors and the architect should resolve
simple enough, but there are many chances for misunderstandings each time a team member reads the documentation. On a recent project, the foundation contractor misread the drawings and built the formwork too narrow on part of the foundation. During a site visit, we were able to catch it before the concrete
resolve before the project commences.Questions to ask your general contractor
Richard Leggin Architects
Arts and Crafts
3. Interview contractors. Contractors are frequently brought into the process once a final schematic design has been selected. Usually there is at least a general idea of how the home will look from the outside, a dimensioned floor plan and some preliminary material selections. With this much information
information, it’s possible to provide preliminary estimates of cost. Contractors are often asked to estimate the schematic design as part of the interview process. It may take a couple of weeks to set up the interviews and generally at least two to three weeks after interviews to receive the estimates.
and receive estimates. After that you may want to call references, visit jobsites or do additional research before making a decision about the contractor you will hire.
Lisle Architecture & Design
cover it in their markups. GL policies generally cover a contractor’s operations. It is also possible with many policies to list homeowners and their architects as “additional insureds,” giving them added protection under the general contractor’s policy. It is worthwhile for homeowners to consult with
Get the names of the contractor’s last three to five clients and ask all of them these questions. Did the contractor seem knowledgeable and resourceful? Was he on budget? Was he on time? If there were delays or cost overruns, was it the contractor who
how did he deal with them? Did the client feel the contractor worked collaboratively to come up with mutually satisfactory resolutions to problems, or was the tone combative? Were the clients happy with the workmanship and the contractor’s subcontractors’ work? Did he keep a clean site?
Get the names of the contractor’s last three to five clients and ask all of them these questions. Did the contractor seem knowledgeable and resourceful?Was he on budget?Was he on time?If there were delays or cost overruns, was it the contractor who caused them? If so, how did he deal with them?Did the