09:07AM | 09/10/04
Member Since: 09/09/04
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Since last November we have been working with a design builder to put an addition onto our old house. The process is painful! So far, the guy we have been working with has done the following-gotten a site survey, had his draftperson do one set of drawings and then a second set with some changes. We have paid him close to 5K and are still not near enough to go get permits. The latest bug is that he now says we need a 100ft retaining wall(14k) to direct water away from the house.

Now, we are totally confused. I have talked to several other builders and they all have different solutions for the wall, roll-in shower, heating etc. Each one telling us that the other guys are nuts. All have a good reputation. How can we tell what is true and what is not? I can't get anything that we can do an apples to apples comparison, because of the different points of view. Now, first builder is saying lets take it to an architect. After all we have already spent, we are really feeling used and confused. Please help us put this into perspective and offer some suggestions on how to best deal with these guys! TIA


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