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Articles tagged with: space

08 November 2011

You know you’ve run out of space if….

You have to reserve your dining room a week in advance
Your in-laws are sleeping in your exercise room
You can vacuum your entire house without unplugging
You have to stand in line for the bathroom
There are more toys in your office than office equipment
More than 2 kids are sleeping in a bed

08 November 2011

Design/Build versus Design/Bid

Many people hear the phrase Design/Build but I don’t think everyone knows exactly what it means or what advantage it has over Design/Bid.  People who use a design/build process for the home renovation project work simultaneously with an architect or designer and a contractor.  As they develop the design ideas with the architect, the contractor provides budget information so the homeowner knows right away if what they are designing fits within their budget.  The contractor can also provide “value engineering ” to allow the homeowner to stretch their dollars further by suggesting design modifications that are more economical.  Typically a contractor will charge a small fee for this service that can be applied to the cost of the project if the homeowner ends up building the project with them.  If the homeowner selects a different contractor, then the contractor at least got paid for his consulting time.

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