Our clients typically take a couple weeks to digest the estimate before deciding to continue so we pick up Phase II at week 10. Two fundamental project components are in place from Phase I. We understand the zoning & permitting requirements that need to be followed for your city, and we understand the functionality you need from a small home and budget you want to achieve.
Here’s what weeks 10-17 look like:
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Let’s take a look at each item.
1. Survey – Some cities require a survey to verify your property lines. Even if it is not required it can be a smart move to verify property lines and potentially win more buildable space.
2. Geotechnical/Soil Stability Report (needed for 1/10 projects) – This report is an analysis of the soil composition in your backyard to analyse what type of foundation work is needed.
3. Existing building investigation – As the utilities for your cottage will attach to the main home it is important to verify that the water, electrical and gas lines are capable of handling extra capacity.
4. Conceptual design with elevations and floor plan – You work with one of our architects to start transforming sketches into a full set of construction documents.
5. Meetings to review and modify design (elevations and floor plans) – You’ll want to take time to sit with the designs, speak with friends and family, visualise it in your yard and modify as necessary.
6. Furniture Plan – Adding furniture to the floor plans makes it much easier to visualise what the interior space will feel like.
7. Project Schedule – New Avenue starts putting together a project plan with our subcontractors.
8. Verification of city requirements – As design modifications are made, we need to verify that everything adheres to city regulations before submitting the paperwork.
9. Zoning fee to city (Range $800-$20,000, Average is $2,000) – The first step in the project approval process is submitting the zoning application and paying the fee.
You will spend Phase II working with one of our architects on the shape and size of your home and big design questions like orientation, number of windows, relationship to your main home and square footage of the living area.
Our team will meanwhile figure out what upgrades might be needed on your site, develop a project schedule with you, and collect all the necessary city required information before submitting for the zoning approval.
Continue to the next topic – New Avenue Process Phase III – Weeks 17-26