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Commercial Construction Improvements Through Value Engineering

Value engineering is a term often used in construction for the forethought to change methods and materials that save builders and owners money. The process is never ending because every commercial construction project varies in some way from another. Experienced engineers and architects know ways of cutting costs, but they are sometimes limited by the expectations of the client regarding certain features and project aspects.

Value engineering doesn’t always come during the planning stages of commercial construction. Some things are revealed after construction starts that warrant a change in the scope of the project.

Experience of the contractor is as important, and sometimes more so, as that of the architect and engineer. One very good reason for choosing a contractor prior to finalizing plans is the contributions they can make toward cost savings and project quality. The contractor is an important part of the planning team.

Low Cost Kitchen Island-Weekend DIY project

kitchen-islandIf you’ve always wanted a small kitchen island with an area for breakfast, there’s an easy way to accomplish that which won’t cost a great deal. Using some used cabinets or even new ones if you prefer, and a few brackets as well as some and will give you just what you’re looking for.

Two cabinets, about thirty inches tall which are set at either end of the counter top with the backs facing inward and the cabinet doors facing outward may–depending on whether you buy them new or used, cost as little as 50 to 75 dollars. They may be as fancy or as cost effective as you’d like them to be.

Add to that a piece of counter top that is approximately 3 feet long and 24 to 28 inches wide. Getting remnant counter top or misordered toppers will save you a lot of money on the cost of building your island.

Set the cabinets back to back and then spread them out enough to give you the length of counter that you’d like to have. If you want just a work island that is small and not very long, you’ll just butt the two cabinet backs against each other. If you’d like it a little longer, you’ll leave space between them.

Time and Material Contracts in Home Construction

There is a form of contracting prevalent in the home construction world that is very dangerous to the American homeowner. It is called the time and material contract. In construction slang it is known as “T & M.” This contract is the cause of run away costs on seemingly inexpensive home construction projects. The wise homeowner will be very, very wary of signing a time and material contract with any home construction contractor.The basics of the time and material contract are quite simple.

The contractor charges the homeowner for the actual time that all workers spend on the homeowner’s project plus all the costs of materials.The T & M contract is almost always suggested by a contractor to an inexperienced homeowner. They will say that the homeowner’s job is just too complicated for a fixed price bid and the best way to do this project is by time and material. It always sounds so reasonable that the homeowner has no reason to believe that things will not go well on their project.

The time and material contract has been around for decades. It became very popular in the late 1970′s and 1980′s on industrial construction projects around the globe. The time and material contract was used on large scale industrial projects where it was thought that the teaming of the owners and the owner’s contractor would result in a win-win situation for both the contractor and the owner.