FAQ

We welcome you to ask questions!  WE do not use construction jargons to confuse you, rather, we will walk you through the passage of building your dream space, one step at a time. 

How long does it usually take for a project to get started? Once a project estimate is accepted and the contract is signed, we have to acquire the necessary building permits from the Department Of Buildings (DOB). It takes an average of 3 months from the design phase to the pulling of permits. When the permits are in place, we can proceed to the actual building phase.

How long does a project take from start to finish? The length of each project varies depending on the scope of the work. A typical gut renovation of a brownstone takes 9 - 12 months. Unexpected field conditions (extreme weather or other issues that cannot be predicted) can delay the work.

If, after the work has begun, I decide to change something that affects the scope of the project, such as the scale of work or design details, how is that done and am I charged a fee for it? If you decide to make changes to the original scope of work, we will create a Change Order. The Change Order will include information on how the change are to be made, including the cost differences. If the Change Order reduces the scope of work, you will receive a deduction from the total cost. While we do not charge fees for changing the scope of work, delays or re-doing of work already done (due to the Change Order) often result in a significant cost increase. We advise our clients to take time to come to decisions and consult fully with every person who is a stakeholder. A dialogue addressing the needs and wants of everyone might take some effort, but it will save time and money in the end.

What is the Change Order? A Change Order is the document drawn up when there are additions or reductions to the original scope of work. These changes include but are not limited to unexpected field conditions and clients' requests to change a part of the original scope of work.

How much should I have in reserve in case of unexpected field conditions? Typically, we advise you to have 20 - 30 % of the total construction cost in reserve.

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