“… we encourage those considering managing their own projects to initiate a dialogue with their local building inspectors sooner than later…. TFU has no problem calling your municipality on your behalf…we don’t charge for this. We are here to help.”
As a DIYer, designing, managing and building your project is hard enough, let alone keeping up with ever-changing regulations and building codes. Up until recent times, Pennsylvania builders and future homeowners alike were fretting over a mandate for the installation of sprinkler systems in new residential dwellings. Well, I have great news and we can all breathe a sigh of relief. The requirement is no more in Pennsylvania.
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“… the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) mandating sprinkler systems in single and multiple residential structures has arrived. Some estimates have a system costing in the neighborhood of $3 per square foot,..others estimate the systems to be between $11,000 and $15,000.”
Happy New Year to all TFU followers! I wish you a happy and healthy 2011 and apparently so does Uncle Sam. For those of you that have not been listening to your local news broadcast lately, the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) mandating sprinkler systems in single and multiple residential structures has arrived. TFU was scrambling last month to help an educated Pennsylvania client get his permit application filed on December 30 to avoid this requirement. Whew, it was a close call but thanks to the cooperation of our client, and lots of hard work, we pulled it off.
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“No matter who designs your homeâ€¦be willing to share your budgetâ€¦be realistic with what you can afford, and be flexible..”
So…you’ve decided to move forward with your timber frame/SIP home. And you’re planning to be hands-on. Now what? Figuring out what your budget should be or what you can afford may in fact, be “rocket science”. One of the most common questions, and rightfully so is, “How much will my home cost?” The reality of it is, “It all depends…” Nowadays, there are so many choices available. From the size of the home, wood species and style of the timber frame, type of SIP panel and foundation system to the type of flooring, counter tops, and appliances, the list is endless.
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