Getting Started

At Blum Construction, we understand that building or remodeling your home is an exciting yet anxious time. From conceptual ideas to your completed project, ready to move in, we will work with you in a proactive and professional manner as well as be responsive to answering any questions that may arise. Our courteous crews and craftsmen strive toward the highest level of customer satisfaction, keeping in mind that every job is a referral. We are able to work with you in several different capacities.

A simple call to us will get the process started. We’re happy to meet with you, answer any questions you may have, and help you through the process of planning, budgeting and constructing your project. We don’t charge for initial consultations and only require a deposit to get the construction started. We bill on a monthly basis, based on work completed. We work with you every step of the way to insure that you’re most satisfied with the results. We have and always will believe that "every job is a potential referral". That is the basis that built this company.

How do I get started

Start by writing down everything you would like to include in your addition/remodel. Once you have your list, prioritize it from most important to least important. By having this list available when you meet with either Blum Construction or an architect you will be able to communicate what youíre looking for and whatís most important to you. This list is also helpful when you start establishing a budget.

What should I look for in an architect?

The Architect you select needs to understand what you, the client, wants and what kind of budget you have to complete the project. They need to have knowledge of current building cost in order to design within your means. Iíve seen too many projects designed that are never built because the architect did not understand current building costs and didn't not keep the client informed on how the budget would be affected as they added to the original scope of work.

What should I look for in a contractor?

The contractor you select must be a good communicator, well versed in building costs, and have a good team of subcontractors. One of the most important qualities or business attributes will be his ability to bring a project in on schedule and with in budget. He must work with the client to help them understand and make informed decisions on final selection of exterior and interior finishes to achieve the end results desired by the client with in the budget perimeters.

How much should I expect to spend?

This is a very hard question to answer because costs vary dramatically depending on site conditions and building design, finish quality and size of project. New construction is much easier to use general costs per square foot, however remodels with additions can vary quite a bit. When doing an addition the question I have to ask is how much of the existing structure am I remodeling? This area is not new square footage and therefore it drives up the cost per square foot of the remodel. To answer the question in general terms, additions and remodels have been costing in the range of $175 to $255 per sq. ft. depending on the size and quality of finish work.

How far in advance should I plan my project?

These are some average time frames, however it's highly dependent upon size of project:

  • Design phase: 3-8 weeks
  • Working Drawings 2-4 months
  • City Approvals 2-5 weeks
  • Construction time 3-12 months
  • A small 200-300 sq. ft. addition might take 3-6 months to complete, whereas a 3,500 sq. ft. house might take 10 to 18 months to complete all phases.

How long is your estimate valid?

Most of the subcontractors I work with will honor their proposal for 3 to 4 months from the bid date. The only item that can fluctuate monthly and even weekly is lumber. Generally winter time is the least expensive with summer time being the most expensive. We have seen major changes in the lumber market over the numbers of years.

How are your fees determined?

I work on a cost plus contract and my fee is a percentage of the total building cost. My estimate is broken down into line items to help the client understand all the components of their project and the respective costs associated with each. (A contractor is often able to purchase materials with contractor discounts whereby I pass these savings directly to the client as will be validated by accompany invoice and included in line item detail.)

How is my billing handled and how will I know if I am on budget?

When we sign a contract for construction I ask for a $1,000 deposit and at that time we lock in the approximated starting date for your project. I bill once a month (usually around the 4th-6th of each month) for work completed in the previous month. The only time that I request additional funds is for deposits as required by some of the subcontractors to purchase materials specific to your project, i.e. cabinets, granite and tile.

What if I change my mind on the specs in the middle of the project?

Hopefully you changed your mind prior to purchasing the items and we only have to adjust the specs and order the newly desired items. If you ask that something is to be changed after it is purchased or installed then you need to be prepared to pay for both the original items and the newly desired items. If we can return the items not needed then youíll receive a credit for those items less any charges.

Do I get a schedule for my project when you start?

Yes, I prepare a bar graph (gantt) type schedule for your project. I don’t prepare the schedule until the foundation is in place. I find that getting the projects started can vary by a week or two depending on the amount of demolition and handwork required.

What do you include in your estimates or what isnít included?

My estimate includes the complete construction through building completion and final approval by the city or county. We have your home fully cleaned and ready to move-in. The following items are not included:

  • Permits & school fees
  • Any special inspections required
  • Surface mount light fixtures
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Landscaping and irrigation systems (these can be provided if requested)
  • Architectural, structural, civil engineering and Title-24 engergy calcs.
  • Those items needed to complete your project but final decisions on specifications have not been made will be shown as allowances on the estimate

When we go over the monthly draw request, you will receive a Contract & Contingency tracking spreadsheet. This is used to keep you informed of any changes made to the budget for the previous month, which coincides with the current billing.


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View Our Work

We work very hard to achieve remodels & additions that work with the existing character of the homes we work on. Our whole house additions and remodels are a work of art when completed and we work very hard with each homeowner to make sure that no detail is overlooked. view

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Kitchen Gallery

In viewing our kitchen gallery you will see that we have created several gourmet kitchens with all the features desired from flush inset style cabinets, granite countertops, stone back splashes, pot fillers, & islands of all sizes. view

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Bathroom Gallery

Our bathroom gallery includes many bathrooms with extensive custom tile work, Jacuzzi tubs, arched entry showers, glass block windows & walls, painted & stained cabinets, stone counter tops, & tile or stone tile floors. view