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The Importance of a Preliminary Construction Estimate

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects One of the services we provide to our clients is to obtain a Preliminary Construction Estimate (PCE) from a trusted General Contractor (GC) as soon as we complete the preliminary … Continue reading

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Difficult Times for Small Projects: Contractor Bids per square foot way over average

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects We are seeing a disturbing trend when getting contractor bids for small residential projects in the Bay Area.  We want to raise awareness for those who may be considering a … Continue reading

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Should you get competitive bids for your project?

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects We’ve seen an interesting phenomenon occurring lately, less building owners are obtaining competitive bids for construction of their homes or buildings.  We had one client whose project was significantly delayed … Continue reading

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Take automated construction cost estimating tools with a grain of salt

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects A new tool has become available to the public:  automated construction cost estimating.  This tool is available on websites where you can enter your zip code and the number of … Continue reading

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Follow-up on a lost project lead: We told you so, but aren’t happy about it

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects I would like to share a cautionary tale that came to our attention recently. The story starts with a project lead from a former client last spring. Our former client … Continue reading

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The Impact of 3D Drafting on Estimated Architectural Fees

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects To most folks who work outside of the construction industry, understanding architectural fee estimates is a mystery.  It’s not like going to a car mechanic and getting an estimate.  The … Continue reading

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Parking, not construction cost, is often the limiting factor for projects

When a building owner or developer assesses the feasibility of building out a property, the limiting factor might not be construction cost, but the availability of parking. In many retail, office, multi-family residential, or mixed-use commercial zones parking is so … Continue reading

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