It feels exciting to embark on a construction project no matter how small or big it is. In some cases, you may want to complete the project as fast as possible and move on with your life. But, that’s not how it works. You should plan for your construction project carefully to ensure that you work on it seamlessly.
Here are tips to guide you when planning a construction project:
Pick a Design Professional
To come up with a plan that indicates the scope of the work to be done, hire an interior designer or an architect. You may also engage services of both. A design professional can help you with additions and structural work. They can also help with color and materials selections. A professional architect can also take on different types of work including floor plans and permits. However, they may leave details of the kitchen, bathroom and electrical plan to other designers. Choose a design professional that understands your needs and the best way to work on your project.
Once you chose a designer, work on the plan together. There are two or three ways via which you may reach your set design goals. Plans are known as schematic designs. These involve a rough floor plan layout and simple exterior views of a home especially if it has additions. The design professional will need time to work out these and a week for a homeowner to have a look at them and make a decision. The construction project owner may request the designer to make changes though the initial phase of the design may take months.
Hire a Contractor
This is a process that comes after selecting a schematic design. Let the architect know how you want the final building to look. The contractor will estimate your schematic design during the interview session. You might take weeks setting up interviews with the architect to get estimates. If you decide to interview several architects, you might go for about six weeks before you get estimates.
Shop for Materials
Shopping for construction materials will be easy if the designer helps you get the right materials. An ideal designer will help you get quality materials that will enable you to get the results that you desire. These include doorknobs, windows, countertops, light fixtures, tiles, hardwood floors, and roofing materials among others.
The time you will take to get permits will depend on the location and scope of your project. Nevertheless, make sure that you have an idea before you file for permits. Know the date you intend to start the construction project and how long it will take.
Once you submit your plan for permits and select materials, the contractor will be ready to finish with pricing. They will come up with a contract for your construction project. And once you agree and sign the contract, the project will start.