There are many steps to any construction project. The trick is to be aware of them
before you get started. I know sounds simple, and it is, but you might be surprised
at the number of people we meet that express frustration when their past projects
did not go as hoped. Almost always it was do to a lack of planning on behalf of the
contractor. After all that is there job, is it not?
Here at Solid Angle we aim to keep you, our clients informed and aware of the steps,
and procedures. That way everyone knows what to expect. Feel free to use this application
as a construction check list to help you prepare for your next project.
Step 1 - Conception
Lets say you are in the very first stages of your project, and you don’t even know
if building out a store location, or remodeling makes business sense for you. Good
news, you are in the right place! We may not know your forecasted profit margins,
but over viewing this web site and contacting us should be your first steps. We can
provide you FREE information crucial to your business plan. We will meet with you
and go over your needs and wants, and can provide you some “rough” numbers / ideas.
You can even shoot us an e-mail with an attached sketch or layout and we could e-mail
you back some estimated costs. On average a “TI” costs $20 - $50 sq.ft.
Step 2 - Design
The only reason this is not step 1, is that it is good to know what kind of budget
we are working with. Another service that is unique to Solid Angle INC. is our FREE
design consultation. We can bring a large screen TV and computer to any location,
and help you refine your layout and walk you through with a virtual 3D experience.
This design if needed can be passed on to a licensed architect and engineer in preparation
for a permit.
Step 3 - Permit
If your project requires a building permit (basically anything more than cosmetic
remodeling) you have a couple of options. 1 If you are the owner of the property
and want to be your own General (lots of work), than you can submit the plans and
pull your own permit. 2 We can submit the plans and work with the plan reviewers
for you. Each city is a little to a lot different. Some things to keep in mind are;
you may also need to submit a “Fire Sprinkler” permit, you may also need to submit
a “Fire Alarm” permit (yes different), you will need to submit a “Signage” permit,you
may be able to expedite your plan review time (extra cost), you may only be able
to pay by check, you may need to plan on 15 days - 3 months to get your permit from
the city (yes I know). All in all the need to have a permit will add on average (not
limited to) $5,000.00 to your project cost (again, I know).
Step 4 - Construction
Finally, lets get some work done! There are some things that can be gathered and
prepared before the permit is issued. However for the most part “real” work starts
when the permit is in hand. Basically it typically goes like this; demolition, under
ground work, framing, electrical (high and low voltage), pluming, HVAC (air conditioning),
insulation, drywall, millwork (trim, cabinets), paint, hardware, flooring, installation
of custom built fixtures, and signage. If inspections are required they will happen
basically before what is to be inspected is covered up, such as inspecting framing
before drywall covers it. There are typically 3-5 inspection visits.
The construction phase is a great time to really get a “feel” for your project. At
this point you can easily envision how it will work and look. Sometimes you may want
to change something and now would be the perfect time. We are happy to accommodate
the changes you need, after all this is for you, and you should have it the way you