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Cutting Costs on Construction Projects -5 Ways to Stretch Your Construction Dollars

When designing a home or addition, part of the fun for the owner is imagining the project finished without any compromises. When bids come in from the contractors, many home owners are eager to look at ways to reduce the price without loosing space or the character of the project. As the architects, our job is to help bring the price down as far as possible without loosing the qualities that the owners loved in the first place. It must [...]

By |2010-06-03T13:42:14-04:00October 8th, 2009|Categories: Construction, New Homes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Kitchen Costs

One of the most expensive rooms in a home is the kitchen. It is easy to see why a kitchen is so expensive considering it contains appliances, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, lighting, ventilation, countertops as well as decorative finishes. To try to quantify some of those big ticket items we have compiled the following list of some of the elements that go into kitchens including their installed costs. The prices will vary depending on the supplier, contractor and the market conditions [...]

By |2010-06-03T13:52:56-04:00May 4th, 2009|Categories: Construction|Tags: , |0 Comments

Cutting Construction Costs

When designing a home or addition, part of the fun for the owner is imagining the project finished without any compromises. When bids come in from the contractors, many home owners are eager look at ways to reduce the price without loosing space or the character of the project. As the architects, our job is to help bring the price down as far as possible without loosing the qualities that the owners loved in the first place. It must be [...]

By |2010-05-17T21:10:18-04:00April 3rd, 2009|Categories: Construction|Tags: , |0 Comments

How Much?

We are frequently asked the cost of building a project. Universally the answer is: It depends what you build. Following is a list of some of the elements that go into homes in our region and their installed costs. The prices will vary depending on the supplier, contractor and the market conditions at the time of the bid. These prices were provided by suppliers and contractors in early 2009. Because there are thousands of small choices that make up a [...]

Geothermal heating and cooling

One of my favorite jobs is visiting construction sites. On those visits I enjoy studying our homes from the most minor details we have designed to the overall execution of the project. Earth moving is always interesting but is especially dramatic when it involves the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system. Almost all of our designs include energy saving elements but few have the impact of an energy efficient mechanical system. Conceptually a geothermal heat pump exchanges the [...]

By |2010-06-03T14:08:58-04:00July 22nd, 2008|Categories: Construction, Design, New Homes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Beauty of a Construction Site

Something that architects and contractors take for granted but that homeowners rarely experience, is the construction site. When it is your house being built or added onto, I recommend that you spend as much time as possible with the “insides” of the place that will become your home. Having said that please be sure to watch your step. It is a bit like viewing the inside a person during an operation. Yes, it may be messy and confusing unless you [...]

By |2010-06-03T14:15:51-04:00December 21st, 2007|Categories: Construction|Tags: , |0 Comments

Projects’ end

One of my least favorite parts of a project is it's end. During the process of designing and constructing the home, we have built special relationships with home owners, contractors and craftspeople which inevitably must change. Often those business relationships become friendships, but there is nothing like being part of that creation(ask any mother). We work together as a team for as much as several years speaking at least once a week and exchanging ideas even more and then the [...]

By |2010-06-03T14:21:45-04:00November 2nd, 2006|Categories: Accessory Buildings, Construction, New Homes, Renovations|Tags: |0 Comments
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