Whether you want something as small as a deck or an addition or basement finished, C.D. Pressley as a General Contractor has the ability to work with you to determine the best floorplan possible and oversee the construction from beginning to end.
First and foremost, when beginning any project that includes additions, floor plan alterations, kitchens or baths, basement finishing, or new construction, there is a process. There must be a plan. The blue prints are the legal document that sets forth the criteria for the contractor obtaining a contract. A contract can not be provided in good faith if there is first is not a blue print to specify what is being contracted.
All professional blueprints for new construction and additions will include all or some of the following: site plan, demolition floor plan (except new construction), floor plan, interior elevations plan, ceiling plan, electrical, plumbing and structural details. Smaller remodels and kitchen and baths will have fewer details.
Contractors that provide remodels or additions with hand scribbled “blue prints” that have only the basic information needed in order to obtain a permit are not what C.D. Pressley provides. Professional CAD generated documents in full 24 by 36-inch or 18 by 24 inch format are provided.
Contractors that provide you with an “estimate” but have done so without a detialed industry standard blueprint are putting the cart before the horse. How can anyone give you an honest price if the price they give is not based on a specific product? If you want a basement finished out, and the contractor walks down to your basement and looks around, then gives you a price, well what is he giving you a price on!?
So the first step in most jobs is to first hire someone to create the blueprints with you so that honest estimates can be provided to you. Let’s talk about that process.
There are five main steps to any professional build.
The first step is to list the things you want the space to have, the rooms, the functions you need to achieve, the preferred finishes you want. It’s kinda like a bucket list. Also included is the current site plan and building plan if there is one. Lastly your budget is required so it is known what there is to work with. These three things let the contractor know what he has to achieve and what he has to work with to achieve it. Take any of those tools out of the picture and the contractor is driving blind.
The second step is the actual production of the blueprints with the information provided in step one, as well as the interactions between the customer and the contractor. The contractor will make adjustments as he goes along with input from the customer. This will then provide the next milestone.
The third step is presenting the blueprints for approval by the customer, municipality and then dispersed to the different trades for estimation. The Blueprints with the building permits and the estimates for all trades involved and the Construction Timeline comprises of the Construction Documentation Phase.
Construction is next and it is just that! What sets CD Pressley apart from others in this phase is that we use professional construction timelines that are part of the contract with the tradesmen. What that means is that there is a chronological calendar that lists each trade, framing, painting etc, and it shows the day that that specific job is to start and end, as long as there are no unforseen issues with the home. This brings a level of professionalism that is usually not found in the residential market. This is common practice in the commercial market and that’s were CD Pressley brings it from. What this does for you is sets your mind at ease while the process is taking place. The only things that will affect that timeline are “can of worms” situations. Which I will address later in this section.
Completion is the finalization of the contract. The customer along with the contractor view and inspect the site and sign off on the work performed. A check list or "punch list" as it is known in the industry is used to insure that the customer recieves a fully completed job.
Each job has the potential for issues. The most likely situation for issues will take place in old homes that are being worked on in rooms that are currently finished so that you can’t see inside the walls. We will go over what could be possible issues and plan a contingency to address as best possible those problems if they occur.