Force majeure translates literally from French as superior force. In English, the term is often used in line with its literal French meaning, but it has other uses as well, including one that has roots in a principle of French law. In business circles, “force majeure” describes those uncontrollable events (such as war, labor stoppages, or extreme […]
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For many people dealing with their First time Renovation and the design process, it can be a little overwhelming. Even for those who have been through it before-this Renovation 101 primer post can serve as a refresher course. Who do you turn to? What resources are out there? Why should you believe us? or Aunt Ethel? How about some advice for first time renovation-Call me @ 914 674 2950, let’s discuss your situation.
We listen well. We ask a lot of questions. We pull on the same end of the rope with you. This saves time, reduces fees and results in happier clients.
Since the result is what it’s all about, clients have a universal reaction…Which is “Why didn’t we do this earlier?”
How to Interview Architects? With over 400 projects under our belt, we’ve been through the interview process more than 800 times. Yes, sometimes the interview occurs at the end of a tough day and the potential customer (or me) is tired and not on their game, but sometimes it seems like there’s no planning or […]
Designing and building a house or building takes a while. Figure a year often more. For an addition deduct about 30%. Why does it take so long? Because there is a lot that goes into it. For simplicity we organize this in 3 basic parts, with sub-headings. In summary: The 1st phase (Due diligence and […]
We’ve been getting back bids in the past few months (summer/fall 2020) that were higher than expected. Why? -Post pandemic factors include: – material costs have risen dramatically (see lumber costs in the chart below) -Supply chain factors (i.e lumber mill closures due to covid) -Pent up demand (due to construction restrictions during covid moratoriums) […]
Getting through the finish line of a construction project can be difficult. Transgressions may have happened during the project , and the window to “settle the score” may seem to be vanishing. Owners, builders, subcontractors and architects may double-down and gird for confrontation. This is usually a poor strategy for project completion. Construction projects have […]
You have been subjected to months worth of social distancing, hand washing, masking and related hygiene precautions. But you should also be reminded that since the virus is primarily spread as airborne particles there are simple environmental features you can control to minimize its potential harm . While the scientists are still determining what level […]
Because we make sure our clients, builders and approving agencies understand what’s happening in the process..so they get it. No surprises-just clear communication and thoughtful decisions executed in a timely manner. That’s the key to projects that run smoothly. Who gets it and how? Those many clients that listen and seek the counsel of friends, […]