Bidding and Construction
1. Selection of the contractor can be made at any time, but is best if brought in early in the process. The contractor can help with the process, especially with the cost of construction. Depending on the insurance policy and its limits, those with a fixed amount may need to modify their plan to fit the budget. However, the total cost is hard to determine until the design is completed and has been submitted to the building department for the building review process. Generally, minor changes to the plans will be made as part of the plan check process. When a permit is ready to issue, then the owner / builder “pulls” the permit and construction is ready to begin.
2. The contractor needs to be licensed and insured. You can check with the Contractor’s Association for verification or even a list of qualified general contractors.
3. Be sure that your extra insurance coverage is in place prior to the start of work.
4. Your design professional can assist you with the proper contracts for the construction process, depending on the method used to re-build.
5. Minor changes to the plans can be made during the construction process. Some changes will require additional approvals by the reviewing agencies.
6. Once the construction is started, various inspections will be required by the government agencies for compliance to the approved construction documents (building plans).
TOTAL TIME WILL BE AROUND 18-24 MONTHS UNTIL COMPLETED. SITE WORK AND LANDSCAPING CAN BE COMPLETED AFTER BUILDING OCCUPANCY.
Q: Estimated Costs?
A: Each situation is unique, but based on similar homes recently built in the area:
Building cost: $300 to $450/sf (includes sticks and bricks)
Soft costs: $50 to $60/sf (Architects, survey, soils investigation, structural engineering, permitting fees, landscape architect, civil engineering [if grading required])
2,000 sf home
Building cost $600,000 to $900,000
Soft costs $100,000 to $120,000
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