While we do not want to offend any of our architect buddies out there, we do see a lot of major issues drafting projects in cad. With much respect for the architect, they try to detail out all the items to completion. We find the issue becomes more complex with hiring more professionals. To try to set the stage for what the issues are we will give a simple example of a wall in a simple home. As the architect starts their design, they think about the wall the stucco on the outside, and the drywall on the inside, then make a note to insulate this wall. Then as the engineer designs next, they need plywood on 2 sides for sheer, the mechanical engineer puts return air and drains from the master bath above. This wall is filling up quickly on paper. Everyone hurries to complete their deadline and permits get issued. Great day for the ownership! Now construction starts. This wall is bid with 4 framing contractors and finally, a winner is picked. The framer comes out does his layout with concrete sub and all hardware is set before concrete. Things are going great; concrete is poured, and the owner is happy. As the job continues this wall gets framed as the architect drew, then all trade work goes in stucco wraps the exterior. This is when those little issues that got overlooked start to surface. The drywall contractor gets ready to start and come to the job site office and asked the superintendent “Hey how do you want us to finish at the stone?” The superintendent walks about and says, “should be flush.”
The drywall sub prepares his change order to fur out this bathroom wall. Ownership asks and approved this minor change order. Wall will be “furred” out to satisfy the designer in return the owner. Then the electrician comes in and says Hey you guys are burring my boxes, His change order gets approved, Then the plumber and his valves, Then the carpenter and his door jams and so on and so one. This is when the panic sets in with the owner and a meeting is called.
The architect says I drew it that way, BUT the contractor is responsible for checking all details to make sure the wall is built right. The contractor says he must follow the plans the city approves, and this is what that calls for. The engineer is making you add hold-downs and posts because your plywood on the interior will not attach to the furring added and the framer gets another change order. This leaves the owner lost, upset, and at the mercy of the quality of people he has hired to coordinate all these issues with math and calculators and hope everyone gets it right If not the owner is stuck holding the bag.
This makes it very difficult to set final budgets and give ownership the true power to be in control and understand the project to the most minuscule details.
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