What complaints do YOU hear? While you want to learn from other's mistakes, it's also good to learn from your own. Please go first and tell us some of the complaints you've heard.
Yeah you gotta love those urinal/toilet combo porta-johns. Nothing like a rancid plastic urinal in your face when you're forced to cop a squat on the job.i hate it when the porter potty doesnt have a good amount of TP, thats a big complaint. then you gotta get creative and lose a sock or your boxers. oh and the size, im a big dude, at 6'2" pushin 300 those damn things dont do it for me. what gives? is there an XL portable john? is there? I NEED ANSWERS!!!
Because that's his overhead. Most places give a certain amount, anywhere from 4-8 sets. Give builders too many, then someone makes a change, gets very, very expensive real fast.Why is it so hard to get more than one copy of a plan,are Architects afraid someone will steal the extra sets.......:whistling and use them to build another house.......
Why is it so hard to get more than one copy of a plan,are Architects afraid someone will steal the extra sets.......:whistling and use them to build another house.......
My biggest problem is people have plans drawn
before they consult a building proffesional about cost
the designers dont seem to have a real concept of what things cost
i have never been involved in or heard of a project costing less than what was originally discussed between designer and owner.
So right away they are mad at the designer and builder
now we need to take the dream plans and scale it back by 50 percent
very very difficult.
It is much easier to add thing than take them off
Wow! I got a lot more responses to this question than I thought I would, so I will take JK Floors advice and describe the few main complaints about designers that my clients have told me:
#1 - Not enough information on the plans. Some plans that were brought to me from other designers barely had any measurements, let alone a cross-section detailing how it was to be built. Contractors hate spending time on the job site holding their tape measure on a blueprint, trying to guess to the closest inch how large certain areas are.
#2 - Too much information on the plans. Other plans that were brought to me have had electrical plans mixed in with regular structural details and it generally wreaks havoc on the brain to try sorting everything out. The designers who do that might be trying to save paper cost, but any savings are lost in the first hour spent trying to decipher the mess.
#3 - Rediculous plan prices. I hear this a few times throughout the year. Fortunately, the complaint is not about my prices I recently had one of my regular contractor clients come to me for some detail work on an addition he was doing and showed me the plans he was working off of. Zero structural information, basic floor plan layouts without room sizes, etc.. Despite the contractors efforts to get his client to use my design services, his client used an architect friends service and ended up paying $14,000 for worthless drawings. I could have done it for $5,000 or less. Needless to say, the friendship was on the rocks.... I wonder why....
I can sympathize with all the other design problem replies, except for the guy with the TP problem. Never had an issue like that because I never worked in the field, but you did bring a grin to my face.
Roof plans are a normal part of my designs. My clients find it much easier to calculate building materials if they have a roof plan. First and second floor framing plans are also a normal thing for us to draw. It keeps the contractors coming back.
We make it very clear at the beginning of design jobs with new clients that we provide 7 copies of plans unless they want more or less. We charge a per sheet price, so we let the client dictate the number of copies. We always strive for super-consistency on our designs, but mistakes happen. If it is my fualt I will print another set or 2, my cost, to get a revised township approval.
All of the above is just touching the tip of the iceberg, I feel, so keep giving me feedback. I am always willing to learn, and maybe someday I can add you to my client list. We do have the ability to have residential designs stamped in all 50 states.
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I'm not sure I'm following this. Can you clarify?.........Keep in mind that the more detailed a plan is; the more the building inspector will be looking for.. It will save money to the contractor if the architect is as vague as possible, ...