Sunday, August 31, 2014

Is It Time to Start Your Plans??

Are you planning on starting construction in June?  If so, you are not alone so obtaining a building permit can take longer than expected – so let’s review some time frames.

Planning is the place to start inquiring about what you can do (or not do) on your property.  Setbacks and lot coverage are basic requirements but many planning departments (especially city planning departments) are now requiring design review.  It is critical to find out if this is required for your project as the design might be dictated by architectural guidelines.  Additionally, there might be extensive plans required for the review such as civil drawings, landscape plans and even water efficiency plans.  Getting through design review, if it is required, can take a minimum of a month to prepare and then the review itself can take a few months. 

At the same time it is important to find out what the Building Department is going to require in order to submit for Plan Check.  We will assist you with the fully engineered drawings, structural calculations, truss plan and calculations.  Our energy consultant can assist you with Title 24 and CalGreen checklists.  A sprinkler plan will be required and we will provide you with the CAD/PDF files so that your sprinkler contractor can design the system for your home.  One critical report to find out if it is required is a geologist’s soils report.  Not to be confused with a soils report for the design of a septic system, this report is required for the design of the foundation.  It may take 4 to 6 weeks to obtain this report.

Every property is unique and the steps required to obtain a building permit can vary greatly from quite simple to very complex.  But with the June 30th deadline to submit for plan check in order to avoid having to comply with the new energy codes – we highly encourage you to allow between three to six months to prepare the drawings and other documents required.

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Five Months After the Delivery of a Brentwood Model

And the progress continues on up in the Gold Country on this modified Brentwood Model:

And per the client:

This is the first of what looks to be three days for the Taylor team to add stone to the house front.  Tahoe River Rock is the name of the cultured stone we selected for our house.  Individual stones are smeared with an ample heap of mortar and then it is squished onto the wall.  As Brenda realized today, "it's an art form" to apply these stones.
The Taylor team got it done a bit faster than expected, just 2 1/2 days and we really like the finished look!
You may be thinking, how did they stone our house so quickly?
They stoned us when we were having our early breakfast,
& they stoned us when we walked up to work
& they stoned us while we were trying to work so good,
& they stoned us when we were walking through the doors,
Now you should’ve known, that we're the only house on the block that got the Taylor stone.
We would not feel so all alone, if every house got the Taylor stone...
Aaaa, they stoned us when we were riding in our truck,
& they stoned us when Brenda tried to read her book,
& they stoned us when we went out for lunch, and you know!
We would not feel so all alone, everyone must get the Taylor stone!
And you know, they stoned us as we took our lazy naps,
& they stoned as we fed some big old bucks,
& they stoned us when we were cutting up the tile,
& they stoned us when we laid it on the floor, and you should know!
We would not feel so all alone, everyone must get the Taylor stone!

And one of my favorite things about our framing packages is that each one is a completely custom home.

Day 5 1/2 we got tile cut as far as we can go.  Tomorrow morning I'll cut in the circle to place the "Tree of Life" artwork that we hand carried from Jordan in 2008 as a side trip from Israel.  We're real happy how nice the colors complement each other.

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