Remodeling or adding on to your existing home? You are going to need some type of blueprint. If you are simply upgrading your kitchen or bath to new fixtures, you probably don’t need one.
But if you are making major structural changes to your existing home, or adding an addition, you definitely need a blueprint. For most projects, a city permit must be acquired before any construction begins.
A blueprint shows in accurate drawings, what changes are going to be done to your home or property. When your contractor pulls a permit, blueprints are submitted along with estimated project costs, which are passed on to the city engineering department for approval.
The engineering department checks to make sure your project conforms to standard building practices and codes. If approved, work can begin and certain inspections will be made by the city, during the course of construction, to insure compliance with your submitted project.
If you are doing a simple remodel to the interior of your home, like a bathroom or kitchen, you may not need a blueprint or permit. Usually when making structural changes to your home, tearing out walls, altering your electrical or plumbing system, blueprints and permits will be needed.
Any time you add a new room or structure, such as a garage, you will have to get permits and blueprints. They give your contractor exact details of the work to be done. The city through inspections, insures the work is done properly, according to the latest codes and standards.
Blueprints are used by the contractor to figure accurate costs of a project too. Most of the time homeowners hire someone to design a print to be used. They don’t have to be an architect, but usually a mechanical draftsman at least.
You may be able to draw your own, if for a simple project, if you have accurate drawing and measuring skills. Some contractors have their own in-house draftsmen for this purpose.
Bradco Kitchens and Baths can help you will all your building needs. Whether remodeling, adding on or new construction. They have their own in-house design team. You can rest assured that your project will be completed on time, within costs, and to acceptable building standards. Contact them today!