What’s most likely to send your home over budget?

The answer to this one starts at the bottom—your foundation. The most foolproof way to control the largest variable in construction is to get a structural engineer to design it.

But an engineer can’t do that until they have a final set of plans from your architect. By having the soil analyzed, we can get a sense for a ballpark figure of what your foundation is going to cost, but to truly have control of this huge variable (foundations can cost from $10,000 to $100,000) we need a set of foundation plans that we can get bid out and get under contract. This is just one of many reasons, a final set of plans from your architect is so important.