Category Managing Construction

Managing Construction

The Final Plans and Specifications

These large pieces of paper are, finally, what you are paying your architect for. The drawings should be fully dimensioned-they're the map the contractor will follow in executing the work. Review the set of plans carefully before you sign any construc-tion contracts. Make sure it is consistent with the last version you saw, and that…
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Managing Construction

Estimating Checklist

Cost overruns are certainly common in renovation work, but there are steps you can take to try to anticipate some of them. Below is a long-yet hardly exhaustive-list of costs common to renovation projects. You probably won't have to add a line item for each of these for your job, but if you see one…
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Managing Construction

Paint and Paper, Fixtures and Fittings

With the finished walls, ceilings, and floors in place, the job may seem to be nearing completion. Once again, however, countless details remain. Carpenters will be applying casings around the windows and doors and doing other trim work, like finishing off the moldings at the baseboard and ceiling. Simultaneously, the cabinet guys may be installing…
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