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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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