0 All, 108 - II-19 - OFFICIAL PLAN REVIEW : Regulations, Permits, and Authorization to Build, f-Inspections, f-Plan Review, f-Safety at Home, f-Standards, HAZARDS of Site Selection, Historic Home : Additions & Renovations, Inspections, Ownership Surprises - All Bad, Permits, Building, Plan Review : Acceptance, Rejection, Poisoned Ground, Renovate, Rules, Safety at Home, Standards of Construction Quality / June 21, 2017 View Post

New, strict lead paint laws are coming to your state, soon. This story is about Maryland’s new law for landlords. This is important to know, because 1. the law effects the costs of lead paint abatement and related legal documentation, and 2. profits from rental property are adversely affected by newly-required registration and inspection of every rental unit, every time there’s a …

0 All, f-Quality, Quality, Quality : Design, Materials, Workmanship, Standards of Construction Quality / June 18, 2017 View Post

by Andy Bozeman Every construction contract I’ve ever seen has contained a phrase like this : “All work shall be completed in a workmanlike manner.” The problem with this phrase is that no one really knows how to interpret it. To the customer it means everything should be perfect or nearly perfect. To the contractor it refers only to his …

0 All, Guest Articles, House Plans, House Plans - Addition, Remodel, Renovate, House Plans - New Build, Standards of Construction Quality / May 21, 2017 View Post

Homebuilding is habit-based. A routine develops, like Standard Operating Procedure, and embeds itself so deeply into the mind and muscle memory of every tradesman, that the concept of “I should look at the plans” is replaced by “I’ve done this a million times.” So, even if the millionth-and-first time is not like the others, the habit of the others wins, …