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Getting Your Home: The 3 Options

July 26, 2014

1) NEW – Maximum Control – Maximum Risk

 

-beware the “Cost Per Square Foot” estimating rules per thumb: every site is different and every homeowner is different.

 

-without a survey, fully vetted (subsoil, zoning, wetlands, septic) BEFORE purchase you are buying a mystery

 

-like battle plans, stock plans never survive the first wave of action: vet every design notion on the site, with an independent designer

 

-beware the developer builder – zero reality checks.

 

-beware the design-builder – almost zero reality checks

 

 

2) REMODEL/EXPAND – Obvious Realties With Hidden Harms & Benefits

 

-what’s behind walls can kill dreams – punching and repairing holes is cheaper than buying a pig in a poke

 

-adding on has all the risks of site-dependant building new (see above)

 

-what you have does not guarantee what you can get: number of bedrooms, size of finished area, height, and footprint may become illegal if you do anything outside the existing walls

 

-seaside modifications almost always trigger Federal Code Review with HUGE design and budget implications

 

-you cannot build the site: no amount of remodeling turns sow’s ears into Kate Spade armwear

 

 

3) RENOVATE/DECORATE – Going With The Flow – Less Control, Money, Risk

 

-you can contract more, do more, and spend less: but that mean you get very little done, and end up hating the project

 

-decorating does not redesign anything but what you see

 

-new surfaces can mean new structure – not about discovering rot, but about making sure what surfaces you use can be supported.

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