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Category: Construction

How to Select a Residential Architect for Your House

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Home should be a place where you can get comfy and feel contented. It is an ultimate objective of whether a person is building a house or remodelling an old one. Remodelling or building a house from the ground up is a demanding yet exciting task.

Renovating a house doesn’t need professional help, but sometimes it gets complex and requires you to call in experts. Whereas, the building of a house is not a DIY-er’s job. Selecting an architect is a difficult task but you got to give it a whirl. It might be a confusing and tiring task but the results will pay off.  Start your search for an architect and hire a reliable one to handover this dream-fulfilling project. Read on the following tips and chose your architect.

Check Portfolios


Quality is what matters when hiring an architect. To find a fit agent you need to go through portfolios of architects available in your vicinity. You can ask your friends, family or your neighbours for the suggestion. It is better to make a list and search them by their names.

Many have their portfolios uploaded on the internet. Mind you, not every architect holds a professional degree. It is better to look for a certified one with several years’ experience in house building.

Conduct Multiple Interviews


Let not the idea of building a small house stops you from taking necessary measures to select the best one. Call in the potential candidates for interviews. Acquire them about their interests and availability. It is important to ask about the numbers of projects they are currently handling.

Knowing beforehand about the methodology would help you in determining the suitable option. Ask questions like how will you execute the plan of the project? How many members do you have in your office? Will you be meeting be regularly or there would be just need-based meetings? How and from where you will collect your material?

Some architects do not disclose their ways but it is important to know the person you might be working within. In the end, ask about the charges. It is important to keep your budget in mind in selecting your architect.

This session of interviews will help you to narrow down your list to reach one suitable option.

Check Previous Work


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To make sure your project comes out just as you thought needs you to go to some extra mile. It is good to have a look at the previous projects done by your selected options. This will help you determine the seriousness and the efforts they put into their projects.

You can now pick and suitable and reliable one for your project.

Construction Hire 101: 3 Things You Should Not Be Without

3 Things You Should Not Be Without - Construction Hire 101: 3 Things You Should Not Be Without
When you want to build something, it is often best to go with a fully licensed construction firm. However, that isn’t the only thing that you should make sure of. Today, we wanted to place a bit of focus on three particular things that you should not be without when you hire a construction firm.

Without further ado, here they are:

A Contract




In order to protect yourself and your investment from any ‘accidents’, it is always best to have a written, signed, and notarized contract between yourself and the construction firm that you are hiring. In your contract, there should be clear parameters on what counts to be a breach of that contract.

That way, you’ll be sure that you’ll have any safeguards from any unforeseen events. You can also use the contract as the jump off point for any future negotiations with that particular firm.

A Clear Goal




When you hire a construction firm, it would make no sense to have no plan. Unless the firm you contact has an architectural firm to give you an idea of what to build, it is generally better to have a clear plan of your own.

That way, you won’t get side tracked by any “improvements” that they may suggest you add to your existing project. A clear goal helps to keep your budget whole as well. After all, if you stick to the plan, your budget shouldn’t suffer in the least.

An Established Budget




Never ever lie about your budget. The contracting firm you talk to can actually help you achieve your plans at a negotiated price provided that you were completely honest with them at the beginning. If you renege on the plan and have them build something that you can’t afford, that’s cause for them to take you to court.

Always remember that when it comes to construction and construction firms, it is always important to play it smart. Make sure that you have a contract, a clear goal, and an established budget when you’re thinking of building something.

In your own experience regarding hiring construction firms, what particular thing do you think people should not be without?

Learning From Lit: 4 Books You Should Read Before Construction Projects

4 Books You Should Read Before Construction Projects - Learning From Lit: 4 Books You Should Read Before Construction Projects
So you’re interested in building something; good for you! It’s always a big thing when someone decides to create something. Before you get started, however, it’s best to top up your knowledge about construction first.

Today, we wanted to share some books that we think you should read before you undergo any construction projects.

Do It Yourself House Building: The Complete Handbook


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This book by George Nash just might blow your mind about DIY construction projects. This book is usually considered to be a bible of sorts for anyone who is planning to build a conventional American home. The instructions are thorough and there is enough visuals to provide any type of learner a good chance of fully realizing the task at hand.

How to Build Your Dream Home without Getting Nailed


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While this particular book isn’t heavy on the images, the instructions are quite easy to follow. Not only does it combine the theory of the construction but it also give every level of builder a chance to really get to know the basics of construction. What’s particularly interesting about this book is the fact that it encompasses the different parts of the home so you can have a modular approach if you wanted to.

Building Your Own Home for Dummies


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Ah, the titular “for dummies” series! The first building your own home title came out in 2005 so the information may not quite match what we have today. However, we still recommend this book as it provides a very clear perspective for any potential homeowner or project handler. This book discusses the bureaucratic side of things so you’ll have a better of what you’ll be taking on when you decide to start a construction project.

This book series also comes with extensive forum support and newer versions of the book are published. So your knowledge can grow with each newer version of the book or you can even discuss particular topics in the “for dummies” sites that are quite numerous around the web.

How Your House Works


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Beyond knowing how to build a home—or knowing what goes into building a home—it is important to know how it’s supposed to be working at the end of the project. This book discusses the ins and outs of electrical, plumbing, heating, and so many other basic house-centered knowledge that you will wonder how you managed before reading this book.

Additional knowledge should always be welcomed when you’re considering on undertaking a relatively new task. New and useful knowledge can help you secure better experiences and can even lead you down the path of saving more money. If obtaining physical copies of the book is too taxing for you, there are always electronic versions available on Amazon or in your preferred retail store.

Which particular construction book would you be inclined to read?

DIY vs. Hired: Pros and Cons of Each Construction Approach

Pros and Cons of Each Construction Approach - DIY vs. Hired: Pros and Cons of Each Construction Approach
Construction and improvement plans need a certain amount of planning and consideration before going through with it. There are, after all, so many things to cross off the list before starting. When it comes to thinking about doing any construction or improvements, people tend to have an internal discussion on whether they’re going to DIY or to hire a construction company.

Each approach does have its own set of pros and cons. This is what we will be focusing on with today’s discussion.

DIY




The advent of the DIY (do it yourself) has risen significantly in the age of the internet. The information that is needed to do small or large construction projects by them is readily obtainable by anyone who has an internet connection or a library card.

Of course, the DIYs have its own pros and cons:

Pros



  • DIY jobs can save you money – when you do not have to pay for costs of labor, the overall cost of the project goes down.

  • Complete control – when you are the one who is completely in charge of the project, you don’t have to stifle your creativity or your plans. A lot of the time construction firms employ architects and engineers that have very specified ways of doing certain things. Your plans may end up being subject to their processes.


Cons



  • Quality – when you aren’t particularly trained to handle construction projects, the overall quality of the result can suffer quite a bit. Don’t be surprised if the end results has an amateurish feel to it when you are a complete novice when it comes to construction.

  • Project Duration – when you are subject to trial and error, the overall completion of the project may take longer than initially desired. After all, you are solely responsible for the completion time of the construction.


Hiring a Construction Firm




Going with a construction firm is one of the options pursued by the people who want something built. Here are some of its pros and cons:

Pros



  • Professional Quality – established construction firms rely on providing clients with superior quality results.

  • Contractual Protection – good firms will always protect themselves and their clients with a contract. Should there be any delays or issues, the contract should protect the client.


Cons



  • Expense – construction jobs by construction firms will cost you a pretty penny. You are after all paying for labor costs, materials, hardware, permits, and so many other things.

  • Fraud – this is something that can happen to pretty much anyone. There are fraudulent firms out there that can fleece you out of a lot of money and leaving you with shoddy workmanship.


So when you’re thinking of building something—anything—you need to have a frank conversation with yourself and with other people involved. Always consider both the pros and cons of DIY and hiring construction firms.

If you were to build something, would you DIY or would you hire a construction company?