The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling: The Only by Charlie Wing

By Charlie Wing

This treasure of vital details for a person in remodeling, development, home improvement, or layout has been thoroughly revised and accelerated to incorporate greater than 1,000 particular illustrations, plus instruments, checklists, and formulation.

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If sufficiently knowledgeable staff is not available to fulfill this function, the owner has several options: ■ Engage a construction consultant to monitor the design to ensure that it meets the owner’s program ■ Engage a construction manager (CM) as the project-delivery system of choice ■ Select an experienced general contractor to work with the architect during design to assist in estimating, material selection, and constructability issues; negotiate some form of construction contract with the contractor to cover these services The owner’s role in the design process 43 Constructability and coordination The definition of constructability may vary from design professional to design professional, but it can be as simple as providing the knowledge and experience to plan, design, procure, and execute the most cost-effective, highest-quality overall project objective.

The civil drawings will indicate a scale, such as 1:10 or 1:50, meaning one increment in the scale is equal to one foot. NEGOTIATING THE ARCHITECT’S FEE AND OTHER FORMS OF COMPENSATION After determining the scope of work to be performed by the architect, there are various accepted practices for compensation: ■ In time-based compensation, the architect will bill for hours spent working on the project and will request reimbursement based on salaries of staff plus expenses, which are usually listed separately.

Neither owner, architect, nor contractor wishes to assume what is perceived as too much risk, and when level heads prevail, assignment of risk can be fairly distributed by the process of give-and-take. THE OWNER’S ROLE IN THE DESIGN PROCESS An owner should take an active role in the design process to provide the design professionals with the information they require to develop the project design. Some owners may not have experience in interpreting two-dimensional designs and all those lines on the drawing, and if that is the case, it is best to ask the architect to explain those arcane symbols and lines.

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