It's a Great Time to Build a Raised Floor Home

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Raised floor designs have really caught on with architects and builders, who appreciate the inherent design and construction flexibility of wood-frame foundations. As a homeowner, this gives you an advantage because you can choose the experienced architect or builder with the best chemistry for your project. You owe it to yourself to talk to more than one architect or builder no matter how highly the firm is recommended.

    Questions for
    Your Architect

  • Can you show me plans or projects that are similar to the project I have in mind?
  • Have you designed a raised floor home before?
  • Are you licensed by the state architectural board?
  • What are the steps in your design process?
  • Will I see drawings, models, or computer animations?
  • How do you establish fees? What might the fee be for this project?
  • Will you provide an estimate of costs?
  • Does your firm carry professional liability insurance?
  • Who in the firm will work directly with me?
  • How busy are you?
  • How will engineering and other design services be provided?
  • What services will be provided during construction?
  • Can I contact references?

    Questions for
    Your builder

  • Can I see pictures or visit completed projects that are similar to the home I have in mind?
  • Have you built a raised floor home before?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • How many homes have you built? How long have you been in business?
  • Have you ever operated under a different name?
  • Do you have a standard contract? What warranties do you offer?
  • How will you bill the job?
  • How do you deal with change orders?
  • Who will be in charge of my project?
  • How do you manage your subcontractors?
  • Can I contact homeowners and subcontractors for references?
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