How to interview a Contractor

The basic idea and strategy I use in the interview process is intro, small talk to get them talking, and pepper in a few tough questions, ask follow up questions, conclude with a few easy ones. Remember that this is not an interrogation, so just use a few of these- It’s an interview for the […]

The Design and Construction Process 101.

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 […]

Recent Project Cost Increases

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) […]

Dos and don’ts of Project Closeout

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 […]

Architects and Engineers vs Covid

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 […]