Home Addition Size Considerations

A one story addition ‘footprint’ will typically be defined by regulations with respect to side yard and rear yard setback dimensions, as well as a percentage of the lot size, along with a bonus percentage (for lots not located in hillside zone or coastal area). Therefore, the larger the property, the more square footage can

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Building Home Addition Structural Costs

Setting aside hillside lots, lets consider a relatively flat piece of property for a moment, when evaluating building a home addition, either going up (adding a second story) or out (staying on one level). Building a one story home addition onto the rear of the home will take up yard space, thus limiting outdoor play/recreational

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How The Building Inspector Influences Change Orders

Throughout the construction process, inspections are a requirement for approvals to be obtained, so that the next major phase can then proceed. Building Inspectors have the power to ‘override’ the Architect’s plans that have already been approved of by the Building Department. Most of the time, this is within reason, as the site conditions unfold

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How To Pay Home Building Change Order Costs

Change Orders are services (design, engineering and construction) that are outside of and in addition to the Original Contract’s Scope Of Work, for a particular Project. Most Change Orders occur during construction and consist of material and labor requirements to accomplish a certain Task(s). Depending on the size and complexity of the work, some of

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Does The Home Building Contract Contain All The Costs?

There are many different types of contracts for consideration, but for purposes of this short Blog, lets look at some commonalities. The contract costs are based on the architectural plans and specifications which are based on the Client’s scope of work requests and budget, at the beginning of the process. Within this world and not

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What Part Of the Project Contains The Biggest Costs and How to Control It

A typical Remodel/Addition project will contain a multitude of costs, revolving around material and labor Resources. Of the two and depending on the type of Project, labor constitutes about twice as much costs as material. Labor is comprised of both direct labor and Subcontractor labor. For purposes of this short Blog, let’s accept the Subcontractor

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How Clients Influence Construction Change Order Costs

Additional costs are never comfortable, but should be anticipated and accounted for, with a contingency fund. Sticking to building the approved architectural plans, with little change during construction, will not only assist greatly with controlling costs, but lead to a more timely schedule as well. When changes are made in the field, a multitude of

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How Existing Home Conditions Influence Cost

For a moment, lets assume we have an existing older home on a relatively flat site, whereby the owners are requesting that an updated, major remodel be designed and constructed. Here are a few significant categories for cost considerations. In California, environmental considerations would be one of the first aspects to address.  This would likely

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Controlling Home Building Costs Before Construction Begins

One of the biggest considerations in building a home in today’s economy is controlling home building costs. Building a home involves many processes, but perhaps the most important factors are pre-construction architectural design and planning because these are important factors in controlling home building costs. Typically the architect is responsible for the designs, specifications, engineering

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