Q: What is a Budget?
A: A Budget generally refers to a list or spreadsheet of all planned expenses to complete the construction project. An Owner's budget will typically include all associated costs of construction including Architectural design fees, structural engineering fees, permit fees, (which combined are called “soft costs”) and construction costs. Essentially the budget is a tool that illustrates the trade-offs of making monetary decisions during the construction process. A General Contractor's budget will be similar to the Owner's budget; however, the GC typically does not track the soft costs of the project.
A: Simply put, yes, you can make changes along the way. We will provide you with a schedule that will illustrate what decisions need to be made and when. It is critical to the project's success for you to make decisions ahead of time as to not delay the schedule. With the use of the schedule, we will assist you in making decisions in a timely manner. An example is if you want custom windows that take 8 weeks to deliver we will need to order them 10 weeks before we install them in order to assure that the whole order is received without errors or damages.
A: We typically discourage the Owner from managing parts of the project on their own. The reason you hired a General Contractor in the first place is to manage the project, manage your expectations, and manage the budget. Most often the Owner will pick out materials and products; however, procurement and installation of these items should be left to the professionals to be installed. The benefits of having your General Contractor oversee all work are plentiful such as warranty, contractor discounts in pricing, and most importantly scheduling. If you have a 9-5 job the subcontractor is not going to want to meet you at the jobsite at 6 at night or on weekends. See our Case Study link for more on this subject.
A: A sustainable building , or green building is an outcome of a design which focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use such as; energy, water, and materials while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building's lifecycle, through better site , design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal. Effective green building can lead to 1) reduced operating costs by increasing productivity and using less energy and water, 2) improved public and occupant health due to improved indoor air quality, and 3) reduced environmental impacts by, for example, lessening storm water runoff and the heat island effect. Practitioners of green building often seek to achieve not only ecological but aesthetic harmony between a structure and its surrounding natural and built environment, although the appearance and style of sustainable buildings is not necessarily distinguishable from their less sustainable counterparts.