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Oct
19
The Polite House: How Can I Tell a Construction Crew to Pipe Down?


Oliveri Developments LLC
Dear Lizzie,

“We’re having our house remodeled, and the construction crew that’s on-site every day blasts their music while working, and smokes cigarettes while splayed out in my front yard during their lunch break. I’ve seen them spitting and have heard them shouting curse words. Is it OK to tell them to tone it down a bit?”


The Short Answer

Yes. It’s absolutely within reason to ask your contractor to speak to the crew about these issues. Most workers will be professional and considerate on the job site, but here are some suggestions for approaching those who may not be.

The Long Answer

Music. Crews may play music louder than what we th...

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Construction Contracts: How to Understand What You Are Buying

It’s always important to know what you’re buying. When you buy something at a store, you get the hands-on experience of seeing its size and how it looks, feels and works. You leave the store knowing exactly what you’ve bought.

When you agree to pay for construction work, though, it’s up to you, your architect and your contractor to agree on what will be built. This can be difficult, because the “product” you’re talking about is something that’s never been built and doesn’t even exist yet except in everyone’s minds — and in documents.

And it’s the latter that will make all the difference in understanding what you’re...

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Construction Timelines: What to Know Before You Build

One of the first questions we get when talking to clients about a new custom home or remodel is, “How much will it cost?” This is usually quickly followed by the second question, “How long will it take?” The answer to both is, “It depends.”

While we don’t want to be evasive, there are many variables that have to be factored in before we can adequately assess the time and cost of a project. One thing that most homeowners don’t see initially is that for a properly planned and designed project, the design and construction phases can last roughly the same amount of time.

As I’ve written about previously, the design process can take up to six t...

Oct
13
Architect Digs Down to Expand a Compact Home

As this San Francisco couple’s family grew from two to four, they needed their compact two-bedroom, one-bathroom home to grow with it. So they searched Houzz and found architect John Lum. Because of the city’s time-consuming planning process for additions, Lum recommended that they work within the space they had. This meant digging down to turn an unfinished basement and some of the garage into functional living space. The extensive renovation also included transforming the backyard into an inviting spot for the whole family.




John Lum Architecture, Inc. AIA
“After” photos by John Merkl; photo styling by Yedda Morrison

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