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    Now that you, your builder and architect have studied your project in Plan and 3D, there will probably be revisions or adjustments necessary to fine tune the design. Share the designs with your family or friends whose input you value to get their opinions as well. Any tweaking or new ideas are easily handled by modifying the computer model.

    Once you can envision your project, you'll need to know what it will cost to build and how long it will take to complete. Your builder will develop rough estimates of the anticipated costs and a rough schedule for the time required to build the job. Based on these estimates you can move forward or revise the design as necessary. Any possible money saving strategies can be woven into the design to keep the project budget on target.

    At this stage your surveyor should finalize the site plan if required for zoning approval. The plan will show the proposed addition(s), the building setbacks, coverage calculations and a grading plan will be prepared if needed.

    It is important to realize that your contractor will need much more information to deliver a final bid for your job.   Detailed drawings including a foundation plan, floor plans, elevations, electrical layouts, framing plans, structural calculations and an energy analysis are then prepared by the architect.

    These "blueprints" or CD's (Construction Documents) are drawings that communicate the specifics of your project and are required for issuance of a building permit from your local township or borough. They are sealed or "stamped" by the architect who creates them or they may be prepared by a person under that architect's direct supervision.

    Upon completion of the Construction Documents the next step in the Design and Build process is to get a final bid from your contractor to construct your project.




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