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
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
An architect in our network is considering adding a 400-square-foot basement below a new 400-square-foot addition. It’s odd that basements are such a rare thing in the area. Basements are standard for the rest of the country, and they provide so much usable space. While they’re traditionally used for storage and to house appliances
This article is part of a series of posts on real project costs. New Avenue is the leading national design/build system. Homeowners and contractors enter bids in our system and send and receive payments for completed work. Any changes are submitted by the contractor and approved by the owner before the budget changes. This keeps
The Albany Planning Department has a very strict interpretation of an “accessory building” (that is not a dwelling with a kitchen) and what triggers requiring a permit. Based on a conversation in February 2017, if a storage building (accessory structure) that is less than 120 square feet in size has power or electricity, then Albany
This garage conversion is just over 25% completed at the time of this article. The owner of this home is a young recent Berkeley graduate who bought a home near a local BART station. He can commute to downtown San Francisco in about 30 minutes (when there aren’t BART delays… a big “if”) Michael plans