The Joy of Specs

When you ask for a sandwich at the deli, it may sound like “Can I have a ham and swiss with mustard on a roll?” probably not ” Can I have a sandwich?” window? what kind? You are specifying the ingredients for the sandwich in the 1st example and get a result that you are […]

Don’t get screwed….contractors’ bankruptcy

Yes, we did the due diligence on the unfamiliar contractor and my client still got screwed. Wait how’d that happen?  The contractor went under. We checked references and assorted sources, but could not forecast what was coming. Contractors have it tough. There are many balls to juggle at the same time. The current projects, the […]

Bidding 101

What’s in the bid? Time and costs. Here is some advice for bidding your construction project. Three solid pieces of advice, before you dive in: a. The ball is only in your court once! That is before you sign the contract. Meaning that when you are bidding, and the contractors may be eager and hungry […]

Square Footage- 12″ x 12″ right?

Measuring square footage has never been more complex than now. Yet in every project we design, it is among the most critical elements. The means to establish the size of a building or unit within the building varies from location to location though falls under certain national standards that are blissfully ignored. Condos, coops, […]