A discussion on how to choose the right San Francisco contractor

A discussion on how to choose the right San Francisco contractor

We are working with clients who had to fire a San Francisco contractor and are hiring a new one. They were not happy with the first one’s performance and now are looking for guidance on how to select the right one who will finish the job. From our experience, the cost estimate a GC provides is just a small portion of what counts in evaluating one. Also in our experience,.

Understanding General Contractor Payment

Hart Wright Architects recently had a conversation with colleague, general contractor and estimator Lawrence Motta about general contractor payment methods. Below is the meat of our conversation which we think is important to share.  Many times GCs use the term T & M (or “time and materials”) to describe billing for the work with an hourly rate and charging for the materials. Interestingly enough, California has specific requirements about how.

Next… Develop the design

Next… Develop the design

This post is a continuation of “What’s the Scope and What’s the Cost? How to get to the Design” Now the scope of work has been established, the next step is to design the project. Designing is drawing and discovering and working with the owner to figure out what the project will look like. Drawings are assembled into documents that are then used to tell a story- one of how.

What’s the Scope and What’s the Cost? How to get to the Design

What’s the Scope and What’s the Cost? How to get to the Design

As the economy heats up we’ve found ourselves discussing the design process and what to expect with potential clients repeatedly. We decided it would be good to share some of this information with you. We know many of you want to build or do a remodel but, like most of our clients, have little idea how much it will cost, how to budget for it or how the process works..

An Argument for Negotiated Bidding

We are often asked by our clients to bid the project to multiple contractors. The argument for this is that they will be able to compare the price offered by the different contractors and go with the lowest price. This is more complicated than it seems because you are not necessarily getting the lowest price when you sign up with the lowest bidder as we will explain below. Multiple bidding.

The Ballpark Estimate: Understanding the Design Process

The Ballpark Estimate: Understanding the Design Process

One of the questions we get often when we begin working with clients is how much will the project cost. There are several ways to determine this, and like the design process, there are many elements involved; the earlier it is in the process, the more schematic the pricing will be. A dollar amount per square foot is one way to help establish a budget. For example, residential costs per.

Pre-construction Services

We are always advocates of getting a contractor signed up early in the process and to provide pre-construction services. (see post “An Argument for Negotiated Bidding”) This method allows for cost control and builds a real team. We strongly believe in the team approach: architects and contractors work together with the owners to complete a project efficiently, on schedule and on budget. It is without adversarial issues that come up,.

Shell Cost vs. Finish Cost: Understanding Construction Costs Early in the Design Process

Shell Cost vs. Finish Cost: Understanding Construction Costs Early in the Design Process

In our never-ending struggle to explain construction costs to clients, we sometimes resort to the shell cost vs. finish cost estimating method. What is the difference between shell and finish? Finish cost is what most people think of when discussing construction cost. In other words, its the cost of the entire project including all materials from foundation to roof and all exterior and interior finish materials. Finishes are cabinetry, flooring,.

 
                                                    

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