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Hi there,  we are so glad you found us!  Project38LB is a website and blog for builders, designers, architects, real estate professionals, lenders, and property owners to get tips and hints.  Our emphasis is to help you keep your projects moving smoothly.   We will explore new technology and best practices to spend less time in a hold up and more time enjoying the end results.

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Renovation Journal - Close of escrow | Project38LB

DAY 21- Three days after contingency removal, escrow closes. Blind faith in the professionals we hired. Did the realtor earn us a fair price? Did the architect and contractor advise us on an accurate remodeling budget? I bet it is off ....... but how much and which direction? #closeofescrow #escrow #property #earnestmoney #inspection #remodel #architect #realtor #fairprice #realestate #remodelbudget

Architectural Fees - How to lower costs on design | Project38LB

When I close out a contract agreement, I always ask myself "What could I have done better?" Construction is a mixed bag and competitive business. The finished product can be done so many ways and priced differently as well. I discovered a valuable lesson when working with architects, other service providers can do some of the work for a lot less. Architectural services are broken down into four common service areas; 1) Conceptual Design 2) As-built drawings 3) City Submiss

What to expect from an architect - How to prepare for the interview? | Project38LB

In four short days, I will start my largest remodel project. Up to this point, I have done about fifteen residential kitchens and bath remodels. Mostly working with rental units; the floor plan and material were almost identical. Not too difficult. A little like laundry rinse, wash and repeat. The property is a 1243sqft residence built-in 1938 needed a complete floor plan change and footprint expansion. The vision is to restore some original 40's character, improve funct

Red Flags - What to look for in a good contractor | Project38LB

Upon entering someone else’s home, a range of thoughts go through people’s minds. I think the first is, “It smells different, I shouldn’t stay too long.” The second, and more importantly is the overall appearance of the place. When people walk into your home you want them to think “wow this person has good taste…and probably buys organic produce.” To get that look, a number of things need to be done right, and the first is finding a good contractor. If this is one of your fir

Four Contract Considerations- Construction Agreement | Project38LB

You may have found your contractor from Angie’s List, HomeAdvisor, a referral from a good friend or maybe your best friend. Plus, you have asked all the right interview questions, examined price and ready to make the final decision. Before saying "I Do" with a contractor you have never worked with before, consider getting a written contract or agreement. Drawing up a contact maybe an indicator on how well the project will go. Let the other bidders know your plan to have on

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Hello we are Tricia and Michael Adamson.  Since 1981 I have been a contractor, home owner, and  property manager involved with  both commercial and residential projects.  My son, Michael, grew up listening to me negotiate with tenants, schedule sub contractors and do countless projects.  His research and contemporary writing style bring transparency and a little humor.  Together we want to share with you ideas to make any building project a success.

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