Pre-Construction Considerations before you break ground.
There is much work to be done before ground is broken. Some projects are very complex and some are quite simple. Addressing major details before we start the job streamlines the construction time and controls costs. As a result we are able to build a project as efficiently as possible. We have priced the market and know how to guide a project to meet a client’s budget.
We can help determine the overall viability of a project or recognize any overlooked steps or considerations before they turn into problems that could potentially derail a project.
Performing a constructability review helps to identify critical issues and forgotten details before the project starts. Combining construction knowledge with conceptual design objectives early on will determine if certain project details are valuable, economical or all together attainable.
Building Plans and Specifications
A complete set of the plans and specifications is essential to be able to properly and efficiently build a project. Typically a build-able set of drawings would be provided by an architect. What the architect supplies will vary from project to project. It can be a build-able set of drawings along with specifications for the systems and finish. However, that is more often the exception, rather than the rule.
These products and systems range from the HVAC system, lighting, the flooring, tile, windows, doors and paint. We work with you and our pool of talented subcontractors to find the right fit and finish.
A takeoff is a detailed list of materials and labor required to complete the project. The takeoff is an essential part of the process that enables us to create a definitive budget and production schedule.
A surveyor/site engineer develops the site plan. This is used to obtian the state wastewater permit site and home build. We work with the site/septic engineer and their plan that shows the building location, well site with isolation zone and septic location. In addition to the information they provide, we will determine additional elements not already provided on the plan which can include some or all of the following – driveway, power, phone, cable, house sited as you want it, all underground (piping to septic, well, between garage and house) and finished grade elevations for house drive and yard.
Requests for Proposals
We like to send out the Requests for Proposal (RFP) for each of the components and get actual pricing during the pre-construction process (when time allows). Because we have a large pool of subcontractors knowing schedule, cost value, capabilities and outcomes are all essential elements of a final award. There are many ways that people go about building. Our detailed specifications and CAD drawings allow us to compare apples to apples when requesting bids from Subcontractors and ensure it gets done right the first time.
Estimating begins with a budget range for all the components. We use your desired budget and the knowledge we have gained from past projects.
Because prices vary quite a bit for different finishes, it is important to dial those in. For example you could go with a Formica countertop or granite or anything in between. Even a faucet in a lavatory can range from $50 to over $500.
All of these details add up quickly in the final cost and taking the time early on to work through those choices speeds up the process and helps to avoid any unwanted surprises later. We work closely with you to determine the finish choices from door hardware, electrical devises, lighting and plumbing fixtures to siding and roofing materials. Personal preference can definitely drive the cost of a project.
All estimates are different.
We compile/create the information needed for permits and file for the permits for most of the projects we build.
During the pre-construction process, we think through the whole job, and build it on paper before any ground is broken on site. Our goal is to have a schedule that takes into account the needs of the home owners and availability of the preferred subcontractors. Having a realistic schedule in place allows us to use the construction time most efficiently.
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