Resources

RESOURCES YOU MAY FIND HELPFUL IN PLANNING FOR YOUR BUILDING PROJECT.

NOTE: The title of each resource is a link that will allow you to view, print or download the resource.


A PLANNING/DESIGN/BUILD PROCESS

If you’re prepared to take the next step with your project, one of the best things to consider is taking time to review the long-range plans for your home.

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION COSTS

The Residential Construction Budget guide gives you all the major categories of expenses that you are likely to incur in your building project including Construction Costs and Project Costs.

EXISTING CONDITIONS CHECKLIST FOR REMODELING AND ADDITION PROJECTS

The Existing Conditions Checklist was developed for evaluating the existing site and building for feasibility assessment and preliminary design. It is intended to serve both as a written record of the site inspection and as a reminder of the many items and issues that must be accounted for when assessing a project's feasibility.

SAMPLE RESIDENTIAL PLAN CHECKLIST

This checklist is used by the plan checkers of the City of Bellingham, Washington, to make sure that the building plans contain all the necessary information and conform to all applicable codes and zoning ordinances.

MASTER DESIGN-PARAMETERS CHECKLIST

Design parameters consist of program elements, or the requirements and objectives for the design, and design determiners, or the physical, architectural, legal and budgetary factors that influence the design.

YOUR GUIDE TO RESIDENTIAL DESIGN SPECIALISTS

Many people think that a Building Designer is only needed in monumental public building projects. As Design firms do not generally publicize the benefits of using a Designer in a residential project, it is understandable that people think Building Designers are expensive and not needed in designing a house.

Yet experience has shown that a Professional Building Designer will SAVE money if he is taken into the project well before it starts. Costs will be cut, the most reliable contractors chosen, and the house itself will have a higher resale value.

And as a bonus, your house will be cheaper to maintain. Energy can be conserved and surfaces can have a longer lifespan by right choice of materials. The allocation of space will be tailored to the individual and changing needs of your family and the house will bear your unique personal touch.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE WITH CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT?

This guide lists the many differences between hiring a construction manager vs. a traditional general contractor for your project.