Unless you are a professional builder /
general contractor or you have close friends or relatives who are and will be
willing to work with you at any time, acting as your own building contractor,
more often than not, can have disastrous results.
Many times we have seen homeowners who
have chosen to do their own home construction contracts with the aim of saving
money just to spend far more on the construction budget than they would have
spent if they had hired a builder to handle the entire project in the first place.
The idea of saving by becoming your own general contractor is a myth
General contracts are serious work that
requires the services of a licensed professional. The following are reasons
that are often overlooked but are very important to contribute to the results
of expensive and unprofitable home construction when the homeowner performs his
own professional contractor general duties:
Lack of knowledge of the latest building
code rules and regulations can result in code violations, failure of building
inspections and the need for expensive reconstruction delays.
Less experience with the construction
process and construction procedures will affect the scheduling of
subcontractors. Work done out of sequence can produce poor quality and often
requires expensive repairs and reconstruction.
The inability to schedule subcontractors
in a way that optimizes working conditions can be very disruptive. Too many
different subs work at once can cause confusion and make monitoring more
difficult. Workers stumble with each other and obstruct each other can result
in costly mistakes and a lot of damage that is not found until it’s too late.
The unfamiliarity with preparation of work
among those needed to optimize each sub-contract project can cause construction
delays. Each sub-contract work must be completed correctly and ready for the
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Home construction practices and procedures
had changed drastically over the years. Floor joists once constructed with
2×10’s has been replaced with engineered I-beams and LVLs (Laminated Veneer
Lumber) capable of spanning distances without supporting structural members
which were often required to carry the load of additional floors. Affordable
and lightweight, engineered I-beam floor joists have subsequently replaced the
antiquated double or triple 2×12 floor joists, with proven engineered designs
that are far superior to old traditional methods. Engineered I-beams provide
superior strength, uniformity and level perfection of all completed subfloors,
essential for the installation of all interior flooring finishing material,
especially hardwood flooring.
Constructed with the visible appearance of an “I”
I-beams consist of a top and bottom rib
normally 2×4’s dimensional lumber. Sandwiched between the top and bottom ribs,
specially designed OSB, (Oriented Strand Board) completes the simple but
extremely load carrying capacity of the I-beam with precision and accuracy.
Integrated into the design of the I-beam are pre-designed and placed
“knockouts” which allow for the installation of plumbing and
electrical artifacts through the I-beams at pre-determined locations, saving
time in pre-drilling standard 2×12 floor joists, with a reduction in labor
Capable of spanning lengths of up to 24′
or more without supporting basement floor jacks, engineered I-beam floor joists
allow full basement completion without loss of floor space and the “boxing
in” of supporting columns when using old 2×12 joist framing methods.
Available in widths from 10″ to 16″, and a variety of top and bottom
rib specifications, engineered I-beam joists offer versatility in home
construction which continues to receive national recognition.
The way of installing
a new hardwood floor
When installing a new hardwood floor,
nothing is more important than the precision and accuracy of all substrate
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