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BSA, Inc., Architects + General Contractors
BSA, Inc., Architects + General Contractors

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New ground up 2017 5 Bedroom/6 Bath Luxury Home designed and built in
Westwood, CA Please visit www.bsadesignbuild for more information
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BUILDING HOME ADDITION STRUCTURAL COSTS

Setting aside hillside lots, lets consider a relatively flat piece of property for a moment, when evaluating building a home addition, either going up (adding a second story) or out (staying on one level).
Building a one story home addition onto the rear of the home will take up yard space, thus limiting outdoor play/recreational use, as well as limiting landscaping, pool and gardening abilities. Also, the longitudinal axis of the home will be projected, thus more of a distance to get to the entry door, front yard and parked vehicles. On the other hand, natural light via skylights as well as volume ceilings can be installed though most of the home, creating very pleasant and energy efficient spaces. Also, a one story set of plans can be approved of much faster by the building department and the addition can be built faster.

Building a second story home addition will provide a more ‘compact’ home, without taking up much yard space. Traversing up and down stairs is a consideration, that should be viewed as a long term condition. Logistics of access to the kitchen, garage and outdoor areas, is likely to be a less frequented decision, but will also likely be thought out much better. Architectural plans will take longer to approve of by the Building Department and permit fees a little more costly. Enjoying views that may be available is a big plus, along with first / second floor privacy that can be enhanced.

The structural part of the building will be an important influence to cost. The footings for a one story home addition, given acceptable soil conditions, can be of modest depth, thus less digging and less concrete needed. Also, the framing elements for a one story addition can be of all timber members. The other trades have less of an impact on cost.
On the other hand, the footings for a two story Home addition will be deeper and their will likely be the necessity for ‘pads’, contributing to more labor, concrete and rebar costs. Many framing members will now be of heavy timber, with much heavier connections. Also, it is likely that steel will need to be installed, with certified welded and bolted connections. After removal of the existing roof, there will be electrical circuits, plumbing and hvac considerations to be rerouted, contributing significantly to costs.

For additional information or inquiries regarding Architecture and General Contractor services, please see: 'Our Services' tab, with on-line Consultation at: www.bsadesignbuild.com
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CONTROLLING HOME BUILDING COSTS BEFORE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS

One of the biggest considerations in building a home in today’s economy is controlling home building costs.

Building a home involves many processes, but perhaps the most important factors are pre-construction architectural design and planning because these are important factors in controlling home building costs.

Typically the architect is responsible for the designs, specifications, engineering and permit processing, with a multitude of choices and decisions along the way. These solutions are a reflection of the home building design requirements, which are then incorporated into the plans.

One of the most accurate resources of data regarding construction costs will come right out of the files of the general contractor.  These files should hard numbers of material and labor costs for every trade needed.

An experienced design build firm will be able to analyze, scrutinize, refine and implement the most cost-effective design for the project.  At the same time, quality, function and schedule parameters must be maintained.

Selecting an architect who is also a practicing general contractor for this strategic part of the process will likely result in the most timely and cost-effective completion of the home building and/or remodeling project.

For additional information or inquiries regarding Architecture and General Contractor services, please see: 'Our Services' tab, with on-line Consultation at: www.bsadesignbuild.com
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Barry Shaw & Associates, Inc., Gives Back to the Community

Each year, I participate in Career Day at Palisades High as the Architect and General Contractor representative from the community, providing insight into my profession for students possibly interested in applying to architecture school or similar majors.

Interestingly enough, this year I had more women show interest in the profession than men.
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To learn more about our new "Online Design and Construction Consulting", let us know about your Project questions and within (24) hours you’ll receive professional guidance on your Brentwood home construction project.
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Have you considered Tear-Down Home Construction?

Homes that are decades old will not possess all of the structural, aesthetic or functional qualities that are required in today’s market place, but if a home has "good bones" then it is an excellent candidate for "Tear-Down" Home Construction.  This is a process very similar to HGTV's "Property Brothers."
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Our Design Build home building process can provide you with a cost effective, timely and quality job, that all of us will be proud of upon completion.  
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Barry Shaw & Associates Inc is a Design-Build firm providing a one stop resource of all inclusive services, for the design and construction of residential and light commercial projects.

BSA Design build is located on the West Side of Los Angeles, but also provides design and construction services in Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho and Texas. Mr. Shaw has an impeccable Contractor State Board record, an A+ surety rating, graduated the #2 School Of Architecture in the U.S. and is a practicing Architect and General Contractor for 25+ years

You can contact him by visiting their website: www.bsadesignbuild.com
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A lot of people don't know that Barry Shaw & Associates is not only a new home builder, but a Remodeling Contractor as well.  With the resources of our design-build concept, we can remodel your current home to a gorgeous open floor plan cooncept that looks like it was designed by an Architect -- because it was designed by an Architect!  Barry Shaw is a licensed Arthitect and General Contractor, all rolled into one!  That results in better design, better scheduling, meeting deadlines, and getting things done on budget.  Visit http://www.bsadesignbuild.com/ for more information.
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