Previously, HVAC systems were loud, uncomfortable (too hot or cold), ill-configured, poorly placed, energy-inefficient, and injected asbestos fibers into our breathing air. But in 2012, we pretty much figured out a solution. Here’s what you need to know if you are contemplating a new forced
In my 42 years in this industry, I’ve noticed quite a few things about the common experiences we all go through during the design process. Observing and understanding these human experiences, there seem to be four universal truths about nearly every project we do. By
In the 42 years I have been in this business, we have found very few clients that say to us, You know, we’ve just got more money than we know what to do with—you just go ahead and do whatever you think is best. For
So you are considering a major remodel project for your home. You have a pretty good idea of what you want to do and how much you’d like to spend on Construction, but no idea about the costs for Pre-Construction. How Much are Pre-Construction Costs?
Q: “I have a deck attached to my house in Ross, California which is not in good condition and needs to be fixed or replaced. Would I need a building permit to rebuild it larger than it is now? What if I just replace it
Q: “Now that burning fires in a fireplace is frowned upon in California, do you recommend foregoing building a fireplace in a new home? If so, why? Also, any ideas of how to transform old fireplaces into something aesthetic?” A: Does anyone not enjoy sitting
There are two ways to set up payment schedules for a typical construction project: Milestone-based billing and Completion billing. Completion is the best option for both contractor and owner. Here’s a look at both models and we’ll explain why. The Milestone Model This is where
At our most recent ‘Ross Living’ event in San Rafael, California; questions about construction costs were asked: “It seems like there’s a few ways that General Contractors charge for their services: fixed price, T&M, etc. Can you clarify what these terms mean?“ Designer/builder John Fraine