Plans and Permits

Except for very minor projects, such as painting, fences not over 6’-0” high and such, building permits are required if a structure is to be enlarged, altered, repaired, improved, etc. So typically this would involve the design and engineering of plans and specifications by a licensed Architect or licensed Engineer. Upon completion of these documents,

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Home Construction Management

Typically a project such as a large new home or commercial building, could involve the Owner’s request for Construction Management (CM) services. Also, on occasion, a substantial home addition project may receive the services of Construction Management, whereby the Owner pulls the permit as Owner-Builder. In either case, the CM firm is positioned between the

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Consultations Between Homeowner and their Design Build Firm

During the initial consultations between Homeowner and Design-Build firm, discussion of mutual strategies and goals should be discussed. Obviously the major categories of cost, quality and schedule should be included, but also expectations, from both Parties viewpoints, should be a part of this meeting. It’s always best, in my opinion, if these ‘touchy’ yet quite

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References, Past Home Projects and Walk-Throughs

Written as well as telephone communication with the Design-Build companies past Clients, can be a valuable resource for consideration. In particular, a Homeowner who has lived in the same home for lets say 3-6 years, will be able to provide the actual daily living evaluations, resulting from the design and construction decisions. Also, maintenance; fixture/equipment

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Design Build Firm’s Presence Signifies Stability

A design-build firm’s years of practice in a particular city likely signifies stability on many levels. Firstly, it substantiates ‘acceptable practice’ for delivering a Project on time, on budget and with quality. Also, a professional understanding of permit processing, inspector approvals and client satisfaction is evidenced, whether it be a Luxury Home, Remodel or Addition.

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License and Bonding of Architects & General Contractors

Architects must first obtain a minimum of (8) years experience graduating an accredited School Of Architecture, such as Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, along with practical full-time work with licensed Architects. This is the minimum requirement in the State Of California to even be eligible to apply for the (42) hour State Board Exams and

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When Building a House

When building a house, whether it be in Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades or Brentwood, don’t forget to consider the big picture first, regarding the type of ‘business structure’ that will include the design and construction requirements needed. Past methods of hiring a separate architect and separate general contractor, that inherently could result in ‘disconnections’ causing

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Barry Shaw, Santa Monica Architect

Barry R. Shaw AIA is a third generation Santa Monica High School grad, who took the path of architecture to new heights. He has combined his design talents with his general contracting expertise, to create a successful Design-Build system for interior, addition and new ground up single family and multifamily residential projects. He is an

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Barry Shaw, General Contractor

Barry R. Shaw has been a licensed, practicing general contractor since 1983. He has maintained a flawless State Board record since this inception, along with an A+ surety rating. His multiple building type experience spanning across twelve states, has led to his specialty of Design-Build residential projects. Unwittingly, some of his Santa Monica High School

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Family Expansion and Daily Living Considerations When Adding On To Your Home

Space for children, along with their friends, would be an obvious start for consideration. These bedrooms, closets and bathrooms should be contemplated, designed and articulated with respect to boy/girl sexes not only as youngsters, but teenagers as well (i.e. two young boys sharing a bedroom may be ok initially, but a separate additional bedroom is

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