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A. Spruce
Re: Normal budgeting process during major construction?

Sounds like things are coming along nicely.

Your description of the rates you're being charged is fairly typical, the difference is that you are relying on the word of the contractor instead of having all this in writing. As I said early on in this thread, if you have the trust and relationship to make handshake deals, FANTASTIC!!!! However, this is not the ideal way to go in today's litigious society and unscrupulous populace (private and professionals alike ), even if you do have a personal relationship with the other party.

Re: Normal budgeting process during major construction?

...and we're done! Well, at least with the main part. There may be a few additional exterior details to deal with next summer, once the snow melts, such as putting in a driveway and some simple landscaping, and I plan to add more lights to the workshop area over the next few months, but nothing major. I have to say, I'm *very* glad I worked with a friend on this. As with any project of this size, there were a couple of issues (although nothing major), and working with someone who knew me and with whom I got along well made it much easier to work through things and figure stuff out. Plus, as a personal friend, he had that much more personally involved in the project, over and beyond simply the pride of a job well done. He actually did the labor of installing the bathroom floor for free so I could get tile rather than having to settle for linoleum! All in all, I'm quite happy with how things worked out.

Final picts are posted at https://flic.kr/s/aHskAKPRQq for anyone interested!

Re: Normal budgeting process during major construction?

Looks nice, especially the bathroom tile :) Glad it all went well for you; that is what's supposed to happen, though sometimes it doesn't.


A. Spruce
Re: Normal budgeting process during major construction?

Agreed! Construction and remodel work does not need to be a painful, stressful, ordeal. By choosing the right people to work with it will not only be an enjoyable experience for all involved, you usually end up getting a whole lot more than you're paying for in the end.:cool:


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