One of the things that’s tough for me as a contractor is to tell one of our new clients is that they have to wait for their new project to be completed. Part of this wait is because any good builder will always have a backlog of projects and will have a waiting list. In fact, if the contractor can start tomorrow or even next week, be very wary. There’s likely a reason why a contractor isn’t busy. But, in addition to that, there are required steps in the building process that just take time. Here is a breakdown of some of the things that have to happen before your project construction can begin.
- Project consultation
- Design drawings
- Working with your HOA
Let’s say, for example, that you want your project done in 4 weeks so you give us a ring on the 1st of that month. We quickly give you a ring back and set up an in-person meeting where we show you ideas, discuss your desires, and measure the area. Then we go back and create a proposal for your project. We present that to you and secure your approval. If we line up meetings expeditiously and there are no changes to the proposal, this part alone could easily take 2-3 weeks.
After you make the decision to move forward, we create the detailed specifications, architectural plans and 3-d drawings for your project. Our national team ensures these plans fit our rigorous requirements for exceeding all local code. This can take a couple weeks depending on the complexity of your project. Next we work on the permits. We have to submit for all permits which can take anywhere from 5-20 business days. Next we work with the HOA for approval.
A lot of the things above can be done in conjunction with each other but if you add it all up, you could be looking at 8-10 weeks on average or 2-3 months between time you call and the time your construction starts. Again, if a builder tells you any of these steps are not necessary, please beware.
Are you thinking about adding a deck, porch, patio or other outdoor living space to your home this coming spring? If so, give us a call now. It’s never too early to start planning. And, this way you can ensure your project is ready when you want it to be ready this coming spring. Give us a call for a free consultation or to start the dialogue for your new outdoor living project.