Everything I said in my last update still applies today.
The building department is preparing now for what they anticipate will be a faster review process of submitted plans. The object is to review plans electronically rather than wrestle with printed plans. I have doubts that it will speed anything up, but I am encouraged that they seem to think the present process is not efficient and are trying to make it better.
The other news is that the long-awaited migration to a new building code is now supposed to happen in August.
Wow! New process and a new code within a month. What could possibly go wrong? Seriously, I hope it is super successful.
Because the new code is going to require new things, the drafting process at the moment is uncertain. Because of the backlog of projects already begun, we will probably be unable to start any new ones that don't include the new code requirements. The most notable one is the requirement to use plywood on the roof. There will be added costs! We are told, however, that the changes will result in much safer and stronger homes.
Pricing of a package right now, that won't be permitted for months, is probably just a guess. Continue to use my posted prices as a "ballpark for preliminary planning purposes only".
One request I would like to make: when sending me a contact email, please include a phone #. I can accomplish so much more with a conversation rather than email.
Thank you for your continued understanding of current conditions.
The continuing volatility of the lumber market
and ongoing mysteries at the county building and planning departments has made it impossible to post firm prices for our home packages. I have posted a new updated list that should be used for preliminary planning purposes only.
We expected a new code to be adopted last November but it was postponed. Still Lord only knows what new requirements will be imposed at the whim of "the building official".
Plans continue to be "resting" in the building department awaiting permit. Once we have a plan approved we can develop a quote based on the materials needed. Sorry I can't be more positive. In answer to the the question a lot of people ask, no, I can't speed up the process by charging more. The county apparently processes in order of submission.
Thanks for your understanding
The goal at Argus Building Supply is to help you select a plan for a house you want and then help you get it built. We start with plans that are very simple and inexpensive to build just the way they are. We encourage you to make modifications, so the plan is precisely what you want. If our plans don't fit your needs, we can work with any sketch or idea you have to make a custom package.
When we get through the plan selection stage, we provide construction plans, complete with all the drawings and engineering stamps required by the building department. Plans are then walked through the permit process for you. At the same time, we develop a list of materials to be sure it includes any changes you have made. From this list we arrive at a total cost for the project.
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