what is the "customary", or "typical" procedure a homeowner
would take when doing a project as a basement finishing, or
remodel of say a wooden deck, or perhaps adding a room ?
specifically, say Joe Public, calls up several contractors
for quotes. they all survey the job, and write up their bids.
question - what level of detail should those bids encompass?
for example, adding a new room - should their bids include
the specifics of the foundation ? (ie. preparation, use of
wire reinforced mesh, gauge of mesh, or maybe rebar - distance
between rebar, PSI rating of concrete, gravel depth, type of
vapor barrier, etc, etc). how about details regarding the
type of hardware used on the studs or ceiling joists ? should
it spec out specific brands (ie. Simpson, or whatever) ? and
details such as types/sizes of nails to use.
i've read plenty of horror stories of clueless contractors
(and equally clueless homeowners), both parties having no idea
of proper industry practices.
is it customary to allow a contractor to go ahead and just
take it on faith (or perhaps their reputation), that they will
conform to accepted industry standards (code inspections not
OR - is the level of detail that i'm harping on something an
architect for a project, would be the only person who would be
involved in that level of specification ?
how do you decide if an architect should get involved (on say
a basement refinish project, or room addition), vs. having the
contractor work of a set of rudimentary drawings ?
what do typical contracts spec out ? - for instance, if later
down the road, nails start corroding - is it my fault for not
spec'ing out specific quality nails ? that's why i want to know
what level of detail is customary on a contract. do i have to
spell every little thing out, or are there accepted norms in the
building industry that competent contractors adhere to ?