Committed to the environment, Sean is a member of Build it Green and The Green Building Initiative.
He has the tools and knowledge to assist you in realizing your vision of an environmentally conscious home.

How long will my project take?
Once the proposal is signed and the estimate is accepted, Sean will prepare a time schedule and a payment schedule. There are many reasons that your remodel will not go as quick as you want. Unexpected situations i.e., dry rot. Obstacles like weather, material delay, Change Orders, architectural changes, sub contractor issues, or the amount of time you might need to make informed decisions for various interior finishes will all add up and can impact your ideal schedule.

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Can I live in my home during the remodel?
If you decide to live in your home be prepared for many inconveniences and disruptions for you and your family. I employ an honest, quiet and clean crew. They are respectful to the homeowner and will work quietly in your home. Some helpful hints are:

  • Designate a room within your home for eating, watching TV, entertaining, homework, etc. to minimize the disruption to everyone’s daily activities and routines – away from the construction.
  • Discuss with your family the remodeling timeline.
  • Put your furniture in storage.
  • Cover furniture and carpeting in adjacent rooms to protect them from dust that will circulate as both your family and workers move between areas. Similarly, remove fragile or heavy hanging items from neighboring walls to eliminate potential accidents.
  • Communicate or post any special instructions regarding pets or areas where materials may be stored and accessed by workers.

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Communication
Communication is essential. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or raise concerns during the remodeling process. Sean always will answer his cell phone. Things are bound to come up that could not have been anticipated and the best thing to do is to address them promptly. Communication and careful preparation are key to help ensure the remodeling process will go more smoothly for you and your family. In the course of a typical remodeling project the most important, but often overlooked, aspect is communication between contractor and client. We know it’s important that our client’s know they can reach us anytime. Sean always answers his cell phone or will call you directly back if the call goes to voice mail. We also believe in and stand behind our work. Every project is backed by a one-year warranty. Our clients expect the best from us and we expect the best from ourselves. Quality, communication and a promise to stand behind our work — everything you need to reach your project’s full potential.

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How do I know SKC is the right contractor?
You will be living with your decision for many years to come, so you must find the right remodeling company who understands every aspect of your project (from budget and design right down to the dirt work and up to the finished job). SKC knows how to coordinate and orchestrate the utmost of results from numerous trade contractors, subcontractors and countless suppliers.

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What's the best way to make your decision?
A thorough interview. And check my references.
Check my company's contractor license.
This is very easy to do via the Internet. Go to www.cslb.ca.gov and enter the pertinent information to confirm the license.

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What is a Change Order and its process?
A change order is a written agreement between the homeowner and the general contractor. Change orders add to, delete from, or otherwise alter the work set forth in the contract documents at the time that the construction contract was bid. As the legal means for changing contracts, change orders are standard in the construction industry.
The following are common reasons for change order initiations by various parties:

Common Types of Change Orders Common Reasons for and Sources of Change Orders
Change in Scope Tenant agency has requested a design change
Unforeseen Conditions Site conditions differ from the expected. Requested by contractor or professional
Professional Errors and Omissions Requested by contractor or professional
Errors Professional has incorrectly drawn the construction design plans and specifications
Omissions Professional has inadvertently omitted an item or element from the plans
 

Change Orders lead to schedule and financial impacts. Both cost the same thing: money. Either increasing or decreasing, both have to be formally managed and documented. Without a process, chaos would consume all project stakeholders.

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How well do you know your subcontractors?

Over the years Sean has assembled a highly professional and expert group of subcontractors. From framing to finish, plumbing to painting, our subcontractors continually exceed our client’s expectations, producing outstanding work time and time again.

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Why does SKC mark up 20% on subcontractor bids?
It is standard for any general contractor to mark up subcontractor's bids. As a General Contractor in exchange for the mark-up, SKC is taking responsibility for coordinating the sub's work (i.e. making sure that the plumber doesn't put a pipe where the heating sub needs to put a duct...), paying the subcontractor, negotiating extra charges and/or credits, verifying insurance coverage, and dealing with the subcontractor if something gets screwed up it's SKC’s and the subcontractors problem if the wrong sink was ordered after you provided the correct information. If you were hiring the plumber directly, it's YOUR problem and the subs problem.

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Do I really need a permit?
Yes! Permits are required for any remodel. Sean would advise to definitely get a permit for the new work. Don't be scared of the process - it is there to help make sure things are done to certain ''standards''. Some of them may seem silly or unnecessary, but they are developed with ergonomic and safety issues in mind. That being said, the process can feel like a lot of red tape. The most important reason to do it is simply that you will have the credentials you need when and if you sell your property. Building codes are constantly being updated every remodel needs to comply with the cities current building codes.

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Do you have to get the permit or can SKC do it for you?
If the remodel in tales replacing existing fixtures in existing locations then there need not be any drawings and it is just a matter of filling out some application forms and paying the fee. SKC can do this for you - no problem. If you are planning on moving any walls, or changing the layout of a room, kitchen or bathroom, then you are looking at a building permit and drawings will need to be supplied to the city to show the proposed work. A homeowner can do these drawings for themselves, or they can have a designer or an architect do them. Either the designer, the homeowner OR the general contractor can submit for the permit.

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What Is Green Construction / Buildings?
Green Construction / Buildings are sited, designed, constructed and operated to enhance the well-being of occupants, and to minimize negative impacts on the community and natural environment.

Green Buildings:

* Provide a healthier and more comfortable environment
* Improve long-term economic performance
* Incorporate energy and water efficient technologies
* Use recycled content materials in their construction
* Reduce construction and demolition waste
* Bring higher resale value
* Are landscaped for water and energy efficiency
* Include renewable energy technologies
* Improve indoor air quality
* Reduce environmental impact
* Are easier to maintain & built to last

With most of us spending more than 80% of our time indoors, Green Building is the healthy, common sense choice for a better life. As it stands now in traditional construction, the quality of our indoor environment is often far more polluted than outdoors due to various building materials, inadequate lighting, and a variety of other variables. According to EPA reports, the air in new homes can be up to ten times more polluted than outside air due to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals used in product manufacturing. Contrarily, homes that follow green building guidelines use healthier paints and building materials, and adhere to stricter gas emission and ventilation requirements improving the quality of a home's indoor environment.

Green building can also indicate that fewer natural resources are required during construction. According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Center for Sustainable Development, buildings consume 40% of the world's total energy, 25% of its wood harvest and 16% of its water. Compared to traditional construction, a green built home takes some of this pressure off the environment.

More important than any statistic however, is the good feeling you have when you know you've done what's right for both your family and your community. Promoting continued health, financial savings, and social responsibility, Green Building is the construction standard for the future, and the smart solution for today.

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