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Constructing a New Building
The Process and Timeline Overview


  1. Preliminary conversation with Archtype Structures, Inc. (ASI)
  2. Identify the general location where the structure would be constructed
  3. The tentative building style, size, interior layout and budget is established with the client
  4. The client decides exactly what services ASI will provide from constructing only a standing weather tight building shell for other contractors to finish, deliver a full turnkey project or provide some level of exterior and interior finishing work on the standing shell based on the client’s desires.
  5. The client secures a pre-approved amount of financing to fund the project
  6. A representative of ASI will visit the building site to review the buildability of the lot, ideal placement of the structure and placement of infrastructure elements like the electrical, water, sewage, driveway and other required design details
  7. If the building site proves viable and the client chooses to move forward, a basic sketch of the profile and floor plan of the building is produced for the client’s review
  8. Once any requested design changes are made and the client has determined the level of services required of ASI, more detailed discussions on interior and exterior finishing materials, interior coverings and millwork, cabinetry, electrical and plumbing details, amenities, other finishing details and landscaping will take place to formulate the actual price for the finished project
  9. With the project price provided, the client lines up financing
  10. With financing established, final drawings will be generated for the client’s approval
  11. Any design changes can reflect a price reduction or increase based on the actual change(s)
  12. Once all final design details have been established and approved financing is in place, the project schedule and contract will be created.
  13. Only when the contract is signed is the project placed in the work schedule and materials ordered.
  14. Design changes by the client after the contract has been signed can cause additional costs to the client as well as delays in the already established construction schedule.

Interim Payments: A series of interim payments occur throughout the construction process. The first payment is due upon signing the contract to begin ordering building materials and creating the construction schedule. Additional payments will be required at defined intervals during construction with the timing and amounts relative to the complexity of the construction. Final payment is due upon issuing of the certificate of occupancy secured from the building inspector.

Fee Payments: The client is responsible for payment of engineering services if required, building permits and other fees not covered in the contract.


Pre-Construction: When final location, design, cost, financing and permitting are all accomplished in an expedient manner, contract signing can often be accomplished in less than 2 months after the first meeting. When these areas are not managed in an expedient manner, it may require more than 2 months to create a finalized construction contract.

Construction: Depending on the level of services required from ASI, unforeseen problems with the building site, availability of building materials, the complexity of the building in full turnkey projects, weather conditions and other uncontrollable variables, many projects can be completed within 2 to 4 months after construction begins.

Expediting the Process & Timeline & Saving Money

The best way to speed up the process and timeline is to;

  1. make final design decisions early and avoid changes
  2. communicate with ASI on a regular basis to see what you can do to speed up the process
  3. stay on top of financing and permitting
  4. do everything possible to stick to the plan.

Slowing Progress & Increasing Costs

The most assured way to slow down the process and increase costs include;

  1. not staying on top of financing and permitting requirements
  2. making design and other changes before the contract is finalized and after construction has begun. This condition is exacerbated by clients exposure to the endless bombardment of design and remodeling materials across print and television mediums and overwhelming variety of design choices in the building materials industry
  3. ordering materials on your own without regard to how they actually fit into the existing design, possibly requiring more installation labor along with additional handling and storage requirements when materials arrive earlier than actually needed at the worksite. This situation can slow down scheduled construction progress, raising labor costs and causing ASI to store and handle the materials more than one time before installation.
  4. changes to the original plan and design initiate “Work Change Orders” which require additional fees to the client.