Major home remodeling isn’t for the faint of heart; there is huge potential for design problems, cost overruns, or just unsatisfactory workmanship. Here, a professional construction manager who masterminded the redesign at New York’s famed Avery Fisher Hall as well as a massive institute-wide renovation of St. Luke’s Hospital, offers an indispensable guide for homeowners who need to manage a large-scale renovation. There’s advice on how to articulate your thoughts clearly to designers, architects, and contractors; tips on negotiating contracts; suggestions for protecting yourself from legal and financial threats; and help understanding warranty claims. Each step?from initial planning through the completed project?is covered in layman’s terms, and sample contracts, floor plans, cost estimating worksheets and other forms are provided.
Baker & Taylor Describes every stage of a house remodeling project, discussing such topics as finding and hiring an architect, spec writer, and contractor; obtaining insurance; keeping track of costs; evaluating progress; and releasing payments.