• When planning for a building project, it’s always a good idea to get a preliminary estimate on the proposed design. Photo: Construction Services (2017)

  • Without a preliminary estimate, you can't be sure whether the design will be within your budget. Photo: Construction Services (2017)

  • By making sure your design reflects your budget before being finalized, you can avoid wasting money on having to redo it later. Photo: Construction Services (2017)

Cassady Monsen is owner of Construction Services. To reach Cassady Monsen call (408) 758-5681.
Preliminary Design Estimates in Construction

SARATOGA – A crucial stage of any building project is the design phase, during which the architect lays out the dimensions of what will eventually be built. However, an important step that often gets overlooked between the design and building phases is getting a preliminary design estimate.

Before sending the design to be finalized by an engineer, have your general contractor look at it, do some value engineering and give you a preliminary estimate, which will allow you to make sure it reflects your budget. Otherwise, you could wind up making a capital investment into finalizing the plans only to later realize you can’t afford the project.

This is just one example of why it’s important to work closely with your general contractor throughout the building process. By keeping an eye on costs, your contractor will keep things on budget and help you avoid getting in over your head.

Cassady Monsen is owner of Construction Services, a Diamond Certified company since 2012. He can be reached at (408) 758-5681 or by email.

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