This includes inquiries about electrical, heating, air conditioning, site grading, septic.
From USA National Construction Manager, Parker McGee: Homebuilding is predominantly local. To get your full answers, it will depend on what home you build and where. We have Home Consultants that can answer all questions specific to your location. We also have some of the industry's top project managers on staff to assist.
Generally, the first thing you will need to do is contact your local building department to get their list of permitting requirements. If you are in a community with architectural restrictions, you should obtain a copy of those as well. From experience, we can break down your question into 4 categories.
- Timber Block will perform architectural design and obtain a wet sealed set of drawings from a professional engineer licensed in the state or province the home is to be built.
- HVAC – Design included in HVAC base bid.
- Well & Septic – Health Dept. will typically dictate design.
- Electrical – Most jurisdictions are comfortable with the prescriptive code and do not require the formality of a schematic drawing.
- Energy Modeling – Depends on the jurisdiction.
- Foundation Engineering – Depends on the jurisdiction and the type of foundation.
Rarely Required or Owner’s Discretion:
- Plumbing - Most jurisdictions are comfortable with the prescriptive code and do not require the formality of a schematic drawing.
- Landscaping – In almost all instances, this is at the owner’s discretion.
- Kitchen Designer – Owner’s discretion. Typically included by cabinet vendor.
- Interior Designer – Owner’s discretion.
Recently, Timber Block has launched a "Turn Key" program, in select locations. Contact a Home Consultant for more details.
Coming up next..."Does Timber Block create site plan drawings for submittal to conservation authorities and city planners?" Stay posted!
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