MANAGING CONSTRUCTION: CONTRACTORS
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Re-roofing our 1908 American Foursquare-style house reminded me of a Frank Capra movie. For once, things actually wen...
Unhappy with the job your contractor did? Peeved at your local hardware store's churlish service? Annoyed with the ru...
"Satisfaction goes up when you have concrete expectations," says CA-based contractor Dan Fritschen. The unglamorous ...
If you are thinking that this is the year to tackle a bigger renovation project that you’ve been postponing, you’re n...
Licenses, bonding, and insurance: Every contractor is required by law to have these essential documents in order, but...
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Take the time to get estimates and check references before you hire a general contractor.
While they’re always inconvenient, major remodeling projects can also become a real strain on your relationship if yo...
Avoid cost overruns by anticipating them, before they happen.
Hiring a construction manager can save you money, but cause issues if it's not done right.
Get the work you need done by ensuring that your contract is solid.
Identify important clues to help you assess which contractor you want on your job.
Follow our guide for establishing a positive working environment while your house begins to take shape.
Here are time estimates for the 10 major stages of home building.
Here's what to do when a dispute arises with your contractor.
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Estimating factors that concern building and price.
If you're embarking on a major project, choosing the right architect can save you time, money, and trouble.
Consider these reasons to hire interior design experts or landscape architects.
Strange as it may seem, having an architect or designer is usually more important on a renovation job than for new construction.
Use these suggestions to prevent arguments in the first place — and settle them once they arise.
Finding and hiring the right people to help do the job is crucially important when it comes to remodeling work.
On a building or remodeling job site, scheduling, budgeting, and more are the responsibilities of the general contractor.
You may have some sleepless nights, but being your own general contractor can help ensure you get exactly what you want.
Keep these considerations in mind as you supervise workmen on the job.
Don't forget to pay close attention during, and at the end of, construction in your home.
Don't risk a liability claim in the event of any personal injury or property damage. When you hire a GC, subs, and other on-site workers, ask whether they have in...
Well-written renovation contracts normally take into account many of the following details.
Follow this advice to learn what's integral when producing a conclusive contract.
Get multiple estimates and plan the job for the best time of year.
Here's how to decide if hiring a Construction Manager is necessary.
Follow these simple guidelines to ensure that your construction is completed as planned.
A remodeling project can leave you uniquely vulnerable, so follow these guidelines to help protect your home from job site theft.
Complete your home improvement and keep your sanity
If you're planning a home addition, let the following considerations guide your decision-making.
Though it may be tempting to rush into hiring a contractor, take the time to ask a considered set of questions.
Bob meets with the architects, Mark and Geoffrey, who visit the project site every two weeks in order to check on progress, and to make sure their plans are being...
Bob and carpenter Paul Morse go over the details of the budget and discuss whether or not they'll be able to finish the project under the estimated cost.
Restoration contractor Richard Marks shows Bob around the elegant, though quite run-down, Federal-style project house.
Bob visits a Federal-style home undergoing reconstruction, and having an addition put on, in Charleston, SC. Restoration contractor Richard Marks guides Bob throu...
Bob and developer Joe Fitzgerald discuss what to look for in a general contractor.
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review costs for the Victorian-style remodel-and-build project in Martha's Vineyard, MA.
Bob meets with homeowner Paul Paresky and tours the project. Expanding the lakefront home with a second floor addition will be a major undertaking. General contra...