Needing "Hands On" construction project oversight?
Construction Management Services refers to the role played by the entity responsible for the design, pre-construction, procurement, construction, post-construction and occupancy/warranty stages in a project life cycle. Managing construction projects draws from years of experience of not only physically building a structure but also the planning, mapping of processes and attention to detail that all construction projects deserve.
kc&b concept can fill that role not only in an administrative capacity but a true “hands on” approach. A complete involvement in the project not only ensures owner satisfaction but an intimate understanding of the issues and therefor a real time ability to address emerging issues. Even though we may not be the onsite builder, we nevertheless ensure that your construction project is well managed from the earliest stages through closeout and commissioning.
Having established relationships with industry specialists from subcontractors to engineers, kc&b concept can ensure overall management driven by owner requirements and expectations. ISO 9001:2008 certification ensures adherence to quality process and procedure giving you the assurance of our commitment.Read More
Renovation costs worth considering.
Before you consider purchasing and tearing into a "fixer-upper", you might want to ask yourself a few questions. Is your desire really to commit huge time, effort and expense in home renovations into an older home or might it be that you desire the "feel" and character of an older home but with the amenities of a newer home?
Before you answer, consider the following:
Is your dominant characteristic one of patience? Can you work well with your partner under some very close and personal renovation disruption? Is taking on a new project something that you enjoy doing? Are you creative, having the ability to "see" potential in old things while not panicking at growing renovation costs?
If the answer to these questions is a resounding YES, then make the plunge and get at it. Major home renovations can be a very satisfying process if you are prepared and enter that process with real expectations of the total renovation costs.
You will need to consider whether you will be living in the house while undergoing the home renovations. Think dust on your sandwiches-for many months. Will you be doing most of the work yourselves or hiring experts? Hiring experts may cost more initially but expertise in many cases can also be a major cost saver when factoring in the experience of a qualified contractor. Budget - as with any major purchase, get the best that you can afford. The savings you experience in the purchase of a fixer-upper will go towards the home renovations. No point in "cheaping out" at this point. Make a budget and stick to it.
Remember though, reno's typically have many more "unforeseen’ s" than a new home build. Expect the unexpected, inspect the uninspected, keep hold of your dream and love your new digs....and congrats on your survival.Read More
Isnt it all just nails and wood?
I’ve never done this before! How do I select a contractor?
In order to make a sound choice, there are some key questions you should pose to potential contractors -- ideally at least three candidates so you can compare their responses -- to ensure you're getting a good match.
This is your home, after all; you want someone who's dependable and determined to see the project through to the end. When you are spending this amount of money, on what could be the largest investment you will make in your lifetime, you deserve to ask! If a contractor is uncomfortable with the following process, as you cultivate your big decision, well, that says allot right there!
So let’s ask the contractor a few questions, shall we!
These few questions are a good starting point in "interviewing" your next contractor.Read More
Finding the right general contractor for your new home build is crucial. Here are a few additional questions that you must ask prior to making the big commitment.
- Can you give me a timeline?
- Can you give me a firm start date and completion date? (Recognize that change orders and customer requests/delays impact time lines)
- What guarantees can you give me?
- Is the contractor enrolled in a nationally recognized New Home Warranty program?
- Will the contractor provide all necessary permits/approvals as dictated by local code & by-law authorities having jurisdiction?
- Pre-Project Planning! Are there questions that I should ask before we look at the details of a home?
- Is the contractor able to suggest and refer you to innovative and creative financing solutions?
- Are GST rebates to Builders asked for, and explained?
- Are the implications of Land Transfer Taxes explained, before transactions happen or before the contract is signed?
- Is the payment schedule detailed and concise factoring in such things as CWO’s or PCN’s? (Change Work Orders)(Proposed Change Notices)
- Does your contractor demand upfront payment or unrealistic payment not in keeping with actual work performed?
Asking these types of questions ensures you now have the attention of the contractor.
Always a good thing.
Contractor / Home owner trust.
While undergoing a new home construction project or major home renovation and contemplating what to look for in a general contractor a few things need to be considered. In addition to some points mentioned in other posts on this site, the following list, though not exhaustive, can assist a prospective client in asking some questions of a potential general contractor.
- What is the Management Structure of the Contracting firm or proprietorship?
- Does the office look and feel well organized and well run?
- Do they have an organized project management, project scheduling system?
- Does the contractor have in house design professionals, who can respond quickly to issues or problems if and as they arise? If not, do they have a strong relationship with design professionals as sub-trades?