Rex called and we met for coffee to come up with ideas to reduce the overall cost of the project so that it could move forward.
The problems were common which is why they are worth mentioning:
- First, Gerry was thinking he was building a rather modest house as he was being told the square footage of living space and was calculating his construction budget per that figure. But with huge covered porches on three sides of the house the real square footage with the garage of covered area was nearly double the amount of square footage.
- Next, some of the design elements such as a cut roof and casement windows were very expensive. There were also code requirements such as the Wildland Fire code that affected this property and he, of course, had not taken these costs into consideration. Also, the cost of completing the construction documents was high.
- And finally, the labor cost of conventional on site framing at a remote site in the Napa Valley was quite high.