Building a Green

General contracting to build your home is an doubt among the top 5 most stressful events. It’s definitely not something you want to embark on unless you’re prepared to give it 110%. I have personally known a few couples who attempted to build their own home only to be put over the edge, and then right into divorce court because of their dream home.

The first thing I suggest you do is find a couple who has gone through the process, buy them dinner, and ask them to pick their brains. Secondly find a community college that offers general contracting classes and attend it. The instructor will be an excellent resource to search for, and introduce you to people who are in or have been through the process.

If I can give you one phrase that will stick in your mind that you could go back to over and over again, it’s “Proper Planning prevents poor performance”. Plan and plan more, and then be aware that, despite all the preparation you’ve made, there’ll occur situations that come up unexpectedly.

Keep in mind that you are the builder. Therefore, if unforeseen things come up, they are your responsibility to address. For instance, the excavator begins digging your foundation’s hole and comes across the black dirt or ground that isn’t structurally suitable for the foundation to stand on. The excavator must dig an area of 10 square by four feet. That means 1 more load of dirt must be moved off the property, and a visit to the site by your engineer, and two load of 3″ stone to cover in the holes and to support the foundation. Add a contingency line to your budget. Visit:-

Do everything you can prior to you start the construction process. Make all of your material choices before beginning construction. There are a lot of decisions to make once construction begins. Be aware of the season of the year you’re planning to actually construction, and study the usual weather patterns at that time of the year for your location. Don’t be digging a foundation in the rainy season if you could avoid it or being able to see the framing elements repeatedly wet.

Dealing with subcontractors can be very stressful. The most important thing to remember is that your subcontractor will get regular business from other builders and it’s not coming from you. That means if a regular builder needs a plumber and is in need of a plumber, that’s where the plumber will be, and your position is in jeopardy. If this occurs, you should rescind the instinctual urge to contact your HVAC subcontractor to do the work with the plumber. If the plumber finally arrives the plumber will likely take some of the ductwork down to run his plumbing pipes, and there is the additional cost of replacing the duct work and also an unhappy HVAC contractor.

Local inspectors can be another challenge. Even though your plans were approved and you built exactly to the specifications, you must read the small print. A local construction department has the power to alter your plans or even add something that was not included during the plan review. On occasion I have required a change because a particular inspector just wants to get it done the way he wants it.

The process of stopping fires can be an area of uncertainty. It is important to put all your effort into adhering to the guidelines for stopping fires and ensure that the carpenter framing knows and follows the guidelines as well and you shouldn’t have any issues with fire stopping. Another area that inspectors are averse to is modifications to the building structure that are not included on the blueprints. It is here that the process of planning planning and more planning comes to the fore. It is more likely that if you change a structural member the inspector will ask for an engineer or architect’s letter to prove that the structural change is sound before you can proceed.

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