Printing Plans and Next Steps
“The road to success is always under construction.”
-Even if you aren’t planning on finishing your basement when you build, go ahead and have the drafter/architect provide you with finished basement plans for three reasons:
All plumbing and drain lines will be where you need them for future use and the drain lines coming down from upstairs won’t be in unwanted places down the road.
The HVAC contractor will be able to go ahead and run supply lines in the correct locations for future use. The supply lines can stay closed until you are ready to heat/cool the areas.
Most importantly, the contractor will be able to build some of the walls for support, thus eliminating the need for some laminated/steel beams and support posts. This can save a fair amount of money in the long run.
During the drafting and revision process, the drafter told me that he didn’t print the large 2’x3′ blueprint copies of the plans. He instead said the contractor should do that as part of his services. I then asked our contractor, Keith, if he printed them. Keith told me that the drafter/architect should print them as part of his contracted services. Needless to say, I started searching for somewhere to have them printed.
I started off by calling Mr. Smith (if you don’t remember him, he is the original drafter that cost me 6 weeks…). I thought maybe he would have the capability or know someone that would. Unfortunately, he does not print his own and instead uses a local connection. He suggested that I try to find an office supply store that would print plans. I looked up the local FedEx Print and Ship store, which happened to be in Greenwood. I called and luckily they had the capability to print them for about $5 per sheet. I got their email address so I could send them plans as soon as they were finished.
In the meantime, I talked to Keith to see how many complete and partial sets of prints I needed. He told me that I needed complete sets for the following: me, him, the County Plan Commission, his material estimator, HVAC contractor, and truss company. The foundation/concrete contractor only needed the basement plan and the electrician and plumber only needed the basement and main level prints. I compiled a list of prints needed so that I’d be ready when the plans were.
Elevation prints for contractors
Foundation prints for contractors
Finally, on Monday, I received an email stating my plans were ready. I drove the check to the drafter and the plans were immediately emailed to me in the needed format for printing. I emailed them to FedEx by 5:00 with the number of prints needed. By 7:00 I received an email saying my prints were ready for pick-up. I was surprised with the quick turn-around after all of the other delays we had encountered. After picking up the prints, I separated and labeled sets for the different contractors. I had previously purchased an expandable document container on Amazon (highly recommended and cheap). This will prevent my copies from getting destroyed in my truck by the boys.
The next morning I drove the prints to Keith on his current job site in Greensburg. I was able to see the progress on his current build and the quality of construction, with which I was very pleased. We then spent 2-3 hours dissecting the plans so he knew exactly what was needed to price as far as finishes and features not readily apparent on the prints. During the next two weeks, Keith will be working with his estimator and subcontractors to develop our contract.
My list of things to do during this phase is shrinking; however, this is what remains on the agenda:
-Secure a Builder’s Risk Policy from our insurance company (savings of about 50% vs. having the contractor get the policy).
-Work with the surveyor to get a topography survey for the required septic specifications.
-Provide the lender with all required docs for up-front closing (bank statements, pay stubs, tax returns, reserves, etc.)