If you’ve been reading the APS blog, then you know that we feel strongly about the merits of making your design decisions in collaboration with your builder, as early in your commercial construction process as possible, to get a head start on value-engineering your project.
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Construction Existentialism: Why Must it Cost So Much (for So Little)?
The common perception among buyers embarking on a construction project is: “Why does it cost so much more than I expected?” If you’ve asked yourself this, whether or not you were star-gazing at the time, you’re not alone in the universe.
Evaluating Hidden Costs on Your Commercial Property
Drawing on our team’s experience, here are some of the least obvious but most prevalent examples of hidden costs of commercial property acquisition.
The TI Permit Process: Avoiding Scope Creep
When your plans are not clearly communicating field conditions and your construction needs, additional work that’s unnecessary can still be required through permitting.
Open Your Restaurant Under $200K
If you don’t have to build a kitchen from scratch, a budget of $200k can go a long way to cover upgrades to the dining area, equipment purchases, and Building Department and Health Department fees.
Skylights @ Work
Humans need natural light, and we need it every day. It’s one of the only ways we get our Vitamin D, and it promotes the production of serotonin and endorphins (feel-good hormones).
How to Title 24
The inspiration behind Title 24 is for good, but the stringent requirements are costing owners on average $3-6 more per sqft upfront.
A Graceful Build Out for Your Franchise: Steps & Tips
You’ve qualified (congrats!) and signed onto a franchise, and have identified your new space, so now what?
What is the Deal with Restroom Signs?
Maybe you’ve heard about the latest changes in the requirement for accessible restroom signage – that geometric shape on the door should be blank. No man, no woman, no other! Where it gets confusing: there is no requirement for providing gender pictograms or the international symbol of accessibility on the geometric symbols of the door…
The Big 3 Before You Sign the Lease
There is not always an advocate for the lessee in the lease negotiation process. Hiring a design build general contractor to help guide you can save tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.