Published at Thursday, May 03rd, 2018 - 00:51:26 AM. . By Fernande Jeannette.
The aim was to build the home cheaply and quickly and sell it at a profit. He settled on 4 bedroom 2.5 bath Plan 48-516 because it seemed to fit the lot. The pitch of the roof which was originally designed for snow loads -- was unnecessary for this area so he asked the architect to change it to a shallower pitch.
Advice, "If I were to make any major changes, I would get rid of the fireplace. It just ended up being a huge hassle with everything that goes into building a gas fireplace -- the gas lines, etc." Dean's key recommendation: "Never hire anyone on time and materials. Always do the job on a flat rate bid. Never ever give anyone a job unless there is a penalty for being late on the job. Your money is on the line but the workers don't see it that way." For his project, every sub had a flat rate deal. They were given timelines to finish their portion of the project. If the job took 2 days longer than estimated, the worker paid the daily penalty fee. This kept the job moving in the right direction. It kept subs from wasting time on the job.
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