Just wondering what the ball park might be from concept to final
drawings to submit to the town and contractor. We're looking to add a
12x20 dining room on one side, a 20x20 great room out the back and a
complete kitchen renovation. I know there are a lot of variables to
each job, but we're not looking to throw in a lot of gee whiz bells and
whistles, just straight up structure and functionality. I'm in the NJ
area, would under 2k to 5k be reasonable?
Don't worry about fees, worry about getting a good architect. My neighbor
had to fire his first one and asked around and found a good one. Some of
them have stupid ideas that look good on paper, but cost a lot more to
build. Make sure the architect and the builder are on the same page. You
don't want to have disputes between them that hold up the job. Ideally they
should have worked together before.
Both the builder and the designer did a job together around the corner
just recently and it looks great. The builder came highly recommended
from my neighbor and he referred me to the designer. In fact, the
builder's price was actually reasonable considering my neighbor's
situation. Another builder we both talked to wanted only really "high
margin" work and only drew his own plans. I think I'm on the right
track with these guys.
You have to make detailed itemized lists of materials before commencing
work. Everything on paper the more detailed the better.
I have 5 houses and one cottage built(same spec as houses in the city).
I learned a lot during the course. I have a contractor whom I can deal
with shake of our hands but that is very exceptional case.
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