Could you explain a little more about "site supervision"? I'm the
owner and doing all the labor (except the big pours, etc) and
fabrication myself. Do you mean the engineer will have to watch over
my shoulder to see that the work is being done right?
Since you're contemplating building the whole house yourself, you must
be a pretty handy guy. The fact that you haven't dealt with engineers
means you're probably not in the business and may or may not be up on
construction techniques. If that's the case, you should have someone
"keeping you honest". There are sequencing and other concerns that
aren't necessarily obvious to even a skilled craftsman who hasn't built
The supervision doesn't have to be the engineer. It could be a builder
with experience in commercial & residential construction since yours
will be a hybrid.
It takes much more than just knowledge of engineering. IIRC you can't
seal drawings in this state until you have a degree, X years of work
experience in the field, then some other engineer to vouch for you.
You sound just a little sarcastic but that's OK. Everyone so far
agrees with you that the rate is OK. Again, I've never done this
before. I have to be very careful since I'm unemployed and drawing
out of a nest egg.
No, it's just a small residence. I had the opportunity to design my
dream house several years ago and this is what I came up with. I
wanted the qualities of strength, security and longevity with minimal
maintenance and I didn't find that in traditional wood residences.
Everything is about the surface --looking like something better than it
really is. It is OK if the thing disintegrates in 5 years, it will
give the 2nd owner something to do.
I am by no means wealthy. I love building and working by myself. I
figured by doing most the labor myself I could offset the extra cost of
better materials and techniques.
You can build a super quality house with conventional home building methods.
You don't have to use commercial techniques and spend $9K on engineering.
For that kind of money you can hire a good contractor to do and show you how
to do a lot of things.
Ah, but where's the fun in that? One of my criteria was to use no wood
--at least for structrual purposes. This is all masonry, concrete and
steel. When I say I've never done this before I'm just talking about
the engineering. I'm plenty handy --both metal and wood.
They don't use wood, use concrete. Check out www.integraspec.com
Saves a bundle on energy, strong enough for a tornado (except the roof, but
the structure will stand) and very quiet inside. May options for exterior
finishes that will last for years.
It may be out of line. Around here, $150 is more likely.
You got one, IMO.
I know plumbers and service technicians that get $100 an hour. That is very
reasonable for an engineer. Don't think all that money is going into his
pocket. Lots of costs involved in operating an engineering or any
professional business. Out of that $100 comes secretaries, office staff,
rent, heat, insurance, etc.
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