If you are a Residential or Commercial property owner and are looking to increase the value of your property by subdividing it, you will need to go through an extensive “Land Subdivision” process. This handbook provides a comprehensive description of the process, pitfalls and SOLUTIONS to common development issues in California!
When you work with us you are hiring one consultant that does the job of many. Why is this important? The efficiency of working with a single point of contact, results in lower engineering costs, reduced design time and greater convenience for you!
Whether your project is simple or complex, the first question everyone asks is “How Much is this Going to Cost?” Unfortunately, the traditional method of obtaining an estimate of cost requires a set of preliminary design drawings that can be expensive and time consuming to prepare.
In order to resolve this problem, we have developed a unique system that allows us to create realistic costs quickly, affordably and without the need for a lot of unnecessary drawings. Our Budget Report system is more than just a simple cost-estimate, it is a valuable planning and development tool.
An often overlooked question everyone should ask before starting their project is; "Can I Get the Planning Department's Approval?" Obtaining local planning approval is typically the single most important and often challenging part of a development. The planning process can be very complicated, expensive and frustrating; without the Planning Department's approval, there is no project.
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Challenges with Residential Framing in California
Structural framing is one of the most important safety aspects of a residential construction project. The wood framing is the “structural skeleton” of the building. New design and construction techniques allow residential homes to be more complex. All of the wood framing pieces need to be securely fastened together with steel connectors (bolts, clips, straps, etc.) in order to have a safe structure. There are two types of structural fasteners: The first type connects members together to resist “dead and live loads”. These are loads in the “up and down” direction typically due to gravity. The second type of loads are “lateral loads”. These are loads in the “sideways” direction due to wind or earthquake loads. California is located in a very high seismic region. For a moderately complex home, there can be hundreds of fasteners required. In general, connecting members together to resist dead loads and live loads is easy. The complexity occurs in connecting complex structures together to resist lateral loads.
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