Construction lingo can lead to confusion before your job even begins. This often creates cost overruns and frustration. This article tells you what to look for in a construction bid so you can avoid surprises. Anywhere you see something you don’t understand, you should expect to be surprised by a cost that you didn’t anticipate.
Every homeowner who contacts us wants to maximize the value of their property. They know that an accessory dwelling unit can provide tons of usability and even extra income. Understandably, they want that value as soon as possible. So they ask, “How long will it take?” While the actual time will always depend on the
The City of Oakland and a group of local artists are working together to keep Oakland safe and affordable for artists. In June of 2017, Oakland planning department approved the permits for the first large scale live/work loft in the city. A 15,000-square-foot empty warehouse in West Oakland would soon become 14 legal studios and
The New Avenue online project management system is reviewing hundreds of projects at any given time. We track all of the change orders submitted by contractors in these projects. This post highlights the 20 most common change orders. These are changes that may be called “surprises” on your project. Often, they shouldn’t be surprises at all.
There’s so much to manage in a construction project. When you’re building a new home or accessory dwelling unit (ADU), the challenges just keep coming at you. Here’s a look at the road ahead: Challenge #1: Knowledge (You don’t know what you don’t know. So you have to find out.) How much will your project
This is a two-story addition with an office, master bath, laundry and storage/mudroom. This is about 300 square feet and will cost just under $200,000. Mudroom Bathroom Addition – Full Budget This ground floor will be an office: The second floor will be a utility room, mudroom, bathroom, and storage. Sign up to
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We recently bid a million-dollar, 3,000-square-foot custom home in the heart of Silicon Valley. I grew up in a 1910 Sears Catalog home that would sell for $180,000 today. For anyone who lived in the same type of home, $1,000,000 might seem like an insane amount of money. Except that it’s quite common today, and
We recently completed a bid for a 2,886-square-foot custom home in Los Altos, CA. This is the heart of Silicon Valley. This project will be completed for just under $1,000,000 and was a little less than 3,000 square feet. That budget does not include the architecture, engineering and permitting, which can be another $250,000. You