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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a construction allowance?
    A construction allowance, often referred to as a "construction contingency" or simply an "allowance," is a sum of money set aside in a construction project budget to cover unforeseen or variable costs that may arise during the construction process. It serves as a financial buffer to address unexpected expenses or changes in the scope of work that were not initially accounted for in the project's budget. Construction allowances are typically included in construction contracts to provide flexibility in managing costs. They can be used for various purposes, such as: Unforeseen Conditions: If unexpected site conditions or structural issues are discovered during construction, the allowance can be used to cover the additional costs required to address these problems. Design Changes: When there are changes to the project's design or specifications, the allowance can be used to accommodate these modifications. Material Price Fluctuations: Construction materials prices can fluctuate over time. If prices increase beyond what was initially budgeted, the allowance can help absorb the added expense. Unforeseen Delays: Delays in the construction process can result in increased labor and equipment costs. The allowance can be tapped into to cover these extra expenses. Code Compliance: If changes in building codes or regulations necessitate modifications to the project, the allowance can be used to ensure compliance. Owner-Requested Changes: If the project owner requests changes or additions that were not part of the original scope, the allowance can be used to fund these modifications. It's important to note that construction allowances should be clearly defined and documented in the construction contract to avoid disputes and ensure transparency. The contractor and the project owner typically negotiate the size of the allowance and the conditions under which it can be used. By including a construction allowance in the project budget, both the contractor and the owner can better manage the financial uncertainties that can arise during construction, ultimately helping to keep the project on track and within budget.
  • What is the delivery timeline for a custom piece of millwork?
    The overall delivery timeline for a custom piece of millwork will greatly vary based on the details and materials selection. On average our typical delivery timeline is 8-12 weeks from the time that the shop drawings and the finish samples have been approved. We strive to provide the highest quality of workmanship in the most efficient and timely manner possible. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your specific project timeline, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for more information.
  • What are shop drawings?
    Woodwork shop drawings, also known as millwork shop drawings or woodworking shop drawings, are detailed and highly specialized technical drawings that provide precise information for the fabrication and installation of custom woodwork, millwork, or cabinetry in construction and woodworking projects. These drawings are essential in the field of woodworking and carpentry, as they serve as a critical communication tool between architects, designers, engineers, and the craftsmen responsible for manufacturing and installing the woodwork. Woodwork shop drawings typically include the following information: Detailed Drawings: These drawings provide intricate and scaled representations of each custom woodwork component, such as cabinets, doors, moldings, and furniture. They show dimensions, shapes, profiles, joinery details, and assembly instructions. Material Specifications: The type of wood or wood products to be used, as well as any other materials like hardware, fasteners, or decorative elements, are specified in the drawings. Construction Details: Detailed drawings of how individual pieces of woodwork are constructed, including joinery methods (e.g., dovetail joints, mortise and tenon, dado joints), edge profiles, and any special construction techniques. Hardware and Accessories: Specifications for hinges, handles, knobs, drawer slides, and any other hardware or accessories that are integral to the woodwork are typically included. Finishes and Finishing Details: Information about the type of finish to be applied, such as paint, stain, or clear coat, along with finishing techniques and any special considerations for achieving the desired appearance. Dimensions and Tolerances: Precise measurements and tolerances are provided to ensure that each woodwork piece fits properly within the overall design and meets quality standards. Assembly and Installation Instructions: These instructions detail how the woodwork components are assembled and installed on-site. This can include information about anchoring, leveling, and alignment. Elevation and Section Views: These drawings show how the woodwork will appear from different angles and cross-sections, providing a comprehensive view of the design. Woodwork shop drawings are critical for ensuring that the woodwork is manufactured and installed correctly and meets the design specifications and quality standards. They are typically created by experienced draftspersons or woodworking professionals who have a deep understanding of woodworking techniques and materials. These drawings are reviewed and approved by architects, designers, and project stakeholders before the fabrication and installation processes begin, making them an essential part of many construction and interior design projects that involve custom woodwork.
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